Native American Heritage Month (NAHM)


David Douglas School District is committed to celebrating and highlighting the rich cultural history, traditions, and contributions of Native American people throughout history and present-day society.  

We are privileged to acknowledge the legacy, tradition, and cultural resilience of our Native American students and their families. By taking this time to recognize the parts of our history that have caused harm, we can move forward and learn from the past to interrupt the repeating of such history. 

Our Mill Park Elementary School Equity Team created the slide deck below with historical and cultural classroom lessons, as well as culturally responsive practices, about indigenous peoples of North and South America that could be shared with students. This slide deck was shared with all District staff.

NAHM Week 1 Slideshow

As a community, we celebrate and center the stories, the vibrancy, and joy of the first people. It is important to recognize and celebrate the truth and wholeness in ancient traditions and values. 

The David Douglas School Board has adopted a proclamation recognizing National Native American Heritage Month in November. Take a moment to read the proclamation linked below.

2023 Native American Heritage Month Proclamation.

Native American Cultural Night Celebration 

We invite you to join us in our annual Native American Cultural Night Celebration, which will take place on November 17th at David Douglas High School South Cafeteria from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

This event is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of our community and connect with our students, families, staff members, and local community partners. 

Events in Portland

  • 2023 Indigenous Marketplaces, November 24, 25, and 26, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Location: 710 SW Jackson St, 97201 PSU/Native American Student Center
  • Oregon Origins Project III: Maa~-xushlh-ghalh-ta Tututni Dené (A Year in Tututni Dené Seasons) Exhibit, October 13 – November 11, Fridays – Sundays, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Location: Reed College Vollum College Center, 3203 SE Woodstock Blvd, Portland, OR 97202