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ABA Wide 21-Day National Native American Heritage Equity Habit Building Challenge ©

"Every day is the right time to honor Native culture, strength and fortitude. Every day is an opportunity to tell the world: We are here. We are still here. And there is much cause for celebration."
- First Nations Development Institute

The ABA Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Council is proud to launch a 21-Day Native American Heritage Equity Habit Building Challenge syllabus in honor of National Native American Month. This Challenge is modeled after the “21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge©,” which was conceived several years ago by diversity expert Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. to advance deeper understandings of the intersections of race, power, privilege, supremacy, and oppression. We are grateful to Dr. Moore for publicly sharing and encouraging others to use this 21-day framework as an educational tool, including to advance learning across myriad diverse communities.

We invite ABA members and non-members to participate in this Equity Habit-Building Challenge. This Challenge is the forth ABA Challenge following the syllabus created to commemorate Black History Month in February 2021, Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021, Pride Month in June 2021, and Hispanic Heritage Month in September/October 2021. That first ABA-wide Challenge followed the 21-Day Challenge syllabus launched by the ABA Section of Labor and Employment Law last year.

The Goal of the Challenge

The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for equity, and specifically to learn more about the Native American communities. It transcends our roles as lawyers. Non-lawyers are also welcome to participate.

How it Works

It is, of course, completely voluntary to do, and participation in the Challenge shall not be construed as agreement with every word of every assignment nor a commitment by any person to a particular professional position or strategy. Further, participants are free to opt-out of participating along the way. There is no grade at the end of the Challenge. While it is not the intention of the Challenge to cause offense, some participants may be offended by some language or images used in the lessons.

The Challenge invites participants to complete a syllabus of 21 daily, short assignments (typically taking 15-30 minutes), over 21 consecutive days, that includes readings, videos, or podcasts. The assignments seek to expose participants to perspectives on elements of Native American histories, identities, and cultures. This Challenges cannot possibly highlight all of the diversity of experiences and opinions within the Native American community itself, much less substitute for learnings about any other community. This syllabus is but an introduction to what we hope will be a rewarding journey that extends far beyond the limits of this project.

Access the Syllabus

See a day-by-day breakdown of the Syllabus below, or you can access the full syllabus, including reflection/discussion questions, additional links from ABA entities, and ABA entity-recommended resources at this link.

21-Day Racial Equity Habit-Building Challenge is the registered copyright of America & Moore, LLC. 2014.

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  • If you would like to pledge to join the Challenge, click here. (ABA affiliation is not required to participate).

Come back regularly to check new discussion questions and Additional Resources!


DAY 1 | What is Native American Heritage Month

DAY 2 | Who is Native American?

DAY 3 | Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians

DAY 4 | Where Native Americans Live

DAY 5 | Federal (and State) Recognition

DAY 6 | Sovereignty

DAY 7 | Treaties

DAY 8 | Criminal Jurisdiction

DAY 9 | Assimilation and Boarding Schools

DAY 10 | Violence Against Native Women

DAY 11 | Child Welfare

DAY 12 | Public Lands

DAY 13 | Environmental Justice

DAY 14 | Food Sovereignty


DAY 16 | Land

DAY 17 | Mascots, Identity and Stereotyping

DAY 18 | Appropriation and Intellectual Property

DAY 19 | Religion

DAY 20 | Language Preservation

DAY 21 | Allyship

Additional Resources

“For years, the lives and experiences of Indigenous peoples have often been introduced or described from a negative perspective. This may be well- intentioned because the narrative draws attention to the many challenges and incredible needs faced by Native peoples, but this narrative reinforces stereotypes and implies hopelessness. Native peoples are deeply hopeful and have an abundance of cultural knowledge that is positive. A better narrative is one that reclaims the truth of our positive values and relationships.”
— Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota), President and CEO, American Indian College Fund

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