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Join Trexler Library in Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

by Katelyn Q. Manwiller Nov 2, 2020
Trexler Library

Each November we recognize the culture and history of the indigenous people of the United States. Signed into law in 1990, this honorary month aims to share Native American traditions, communities, and contemporary issues. There are currently 573 federally-recognized tribal nations in the United States, as well as an additional 66 nations recognized by states. 

Trexler Library has gathered a wide variety of resources by and about indigenous people on our Native American Heritage Month guide. It includes something for everyone: award-winning novels, poems and stories by current US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo, broad histories of the US from the indigenous perspective, autobiographies, web resources, and streaming miniseries.

DeSales University sits on the traditional homeland of the Lenape people, also known as the Leni Lenape, Lenni Lenape, or the Delaware. The matrilineal society originally spread throughout modern day Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Connecticut. During the 18thcentury, the Lenape were pushed out of this homeland by expanding European colonization and by the 1860s the remaining Lenape were forcibly removed to Oklahoma under the U.S. Indian removal policy. Trexler Library recommends the book Lenape Country: Delaware Society before William Penn and the Lenape Nation of Pennsylvania website if you would like to learn more.