Throughout history and today, Indigenous peoples have left and continue to leave their mark across every aspect of society, from climate justice to the arts. While it is important to discuss Indigenous history and identity throughout the school year, there is a timely opportunity to recognize Indigenous peoples and their contributions during Indigenous Peoples’ Month in November. While this list is not comprehensive, here are 15 important Indigenous figures from past and present who you can teach about in your classes.
7 Historical Indigenous Figures and Their Impact
Crazy Horse (c. 1840-1877)
Oglala band of the Lakota division of the Sioux
Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Tasunke Witco, or Crazy Horse, was an Oglala Lakota warrior. He fought against encroachment by White American settlers on Indigenous territory and played a pivotal role in the Black Hills War, particularly in the Fetterman Fight and the Battle of the