American history begins not with the first European settlers or the signing of the Declaration of Independence, but with the people who lived here for centuries before: Native Americans. Their diverse cultures, traditions, and histories expand our lens of what should be preserved and challenge us to think beyond the classic definition of historic preservation.
Here at the National Trust, we commemorate Native American heritage through the places we protect (such as Acoma Sky City, pictured at top) and the stories we share. Read on to learn more about the National Treasures, Historic Sites, and fascinating people who illuminate Native American history.
Native American Heritage Stories
Native American Heritage
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