Native Americans, Indigenous Peoples or First Nation no matter what you know them by have made significant contributions to what is now the United States of America. They first set foot on this continent by crossing the land bridge (now the Behring Straight) linking Asia to North America near Alaska. From here, they spread through-out North America and into Mexico. The earliest migrations took place over 12,000 years ago. Since this time, Native Americans have been contributing to our society both culturally and through their many achievements.
Contemporary Native Americans
Today, there are approximately 560 federally recognized Native American tribes within the United States. Many face an uncertain situation yet they remain a vibrant and resourceful people, ready to contribute.
You already know a number of famous individuals that have been woven into the cultural fabric that we know as America. But did you know that all of these contributors to the American story have Native American ancestry?