November Is Native American Heritage Month

November 17, 2020

Native American Heritage month can serve to remind those of us who are of European descent that we live on land that was taken from the indigenous people who lived her before us. Estimates vary in the calculated indigenous population of the Americas prior to the Christopher Columbus voyage in 1492. Approximately 50 million is probably a general estimate but some scholars put the number closer to 100 million. Indigenous people were decimated by European diseases and violence which included wars and massacres. Exploitation and displacement also had a major impact on Native Americans.