Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of N.Y. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919.

Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday. In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.

For information about Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month, please visit the Library of Congress's About Native American Heritage Month  and

Learn more about the Trail of Tears and the route through Memphis, Tennessee at the following sites: and

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

1987 Indian Village Drive
Memphis, TN 38109
Phone: 901-785-3160

Adults $5.00
AAA Members $4.00
Senior Citizens (60+) $3.00
Children (ages 4-11) $3.00

Hours of Operation
Tues-Sat 9:00 am–5:00 pm
Sunday 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Closed Monday

The C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa is a prehistoric American Indian archaeological site dating back to the 15th century. The site was occupied, abandoned and reoccupied several times throughout its history, spanning from 1000 to 1550 A.D. The museum, named after its founding director, curates an extensive collection of artifacts recovered during a 40-year period of systematic excavations. The site features a Mississippian mound complex, nature trail and arboretum, hands-on archaeology lab, and exhibits that explore the history and life-ways of Native Americans of the historic and prehistoric southeastern United States.

The mission of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa, a division of the University of Memphis, is to protect and interpret the Chucalissa archaeological site’s cultural and natural environments, and to provide the University Community and the public with exceptional educational, participatory, and research opportunities on the landscape’s past and present Native American and traditional cultures.

C.H. Nash Museum at ChucalissaC.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa

Native American Indian & Alaska Native Heritage Month Films

Black Indians: An American Story

This film examines a minority group that is discounted and often ignored by mainstream media. Sharing a common past, many African Americans and Native Americans have combined to create a unique culture that has meshed the traditions and fine heritage of both.

  • When: November 12, 2015 2:00-3:30
  • Where: Madison Plaza Conference Room C-1

Native American Healing in the 21st Century

This film provides a comprehensive look at the ancient health and healing methods of American aboriginals uncovers the invaluable contributions and Native Americans made to early frontier living. Early European settlers learned how to use the healing plants and herbs from the aboriginal people, and these methods are still important today in maintaining health.

  • When: November 17, 2015 2:00-3:30
  • Where: Madison Plaza Conference Room C-1