Native Americans: Past, Present, and Future

The hope of Pittsburgh Public Theater is that our Land Acknowledgement and the resources below will help you achieve a deeper understanding of Indigenous Peoples’ history and culture, and inspire you to take action in support of Native American Communities and Indigenous Rights.


Smithsonian Institute, National Museum of the American Indian

Smithsonian Institute: Native Knowledge 360 Education Initiative

Smithsonian Institute: Nation to Nation - Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations

Native Governance and Land Acknowledgement

First Nations Development Institute: Strengthening Native American Communities & Economics

Native Governance Center: Supporting Indigenous Changemakers and Nations

Native Governance Center: A Guide to Land Acknowledgement

Native Governance Center: Beyond Land Acknowledgement

Native Governance Center: Land Acknowledgement, a Self-Assessment

U.S. Department of Arts and Culture

Native Land: a map of indigenous territories, languages and treaties

Local History

Chuck Erdeljac: “American Indians of the Allegheny Valley” - Oakmont Historical Society

WESA: “Who Lived Here First? A Look at Pittsburgh’s Native American History”

Allegheny Front: “The Complicated History of the Kinzua Dam and How It Changed Life for the Seneca People”

Carlisle Indian School Project: Honoring the Children, Giving Voice to the Legacy

PBS Native Voices: “How the Iroquois Great Law of Peace Shaped U.S. Democracy”

Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Who We Are

Local Connections

Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center

PublicSource: “Living in Two Worlds: One Indigenous Woman’s View of Growing Up and Living in Pittsburgh”

Pittsburgh City Paper: “Pittsburgh Indigenous Rights Advocate Weighs in on Standing Rock”

Pittsburgh City Paper: “There Are Indigenous People in the Present”

Seneca People

Seneca Nation of Indians

Seneca Nation of Indians: Historic Preservation

Seneca Nation of Indians: Culture

Seneca-Iroquois National Museum

Seneca Pronunciation and Spelling Guide

Seneca Language Departments and Programs

Seneca Language Department – Allegany Territory

Artists and Activists

Groundwater Arts

Groundwater Arts: Divest to Invest

Indigenous Direction

Environmental Health News: Native Americans and Environmental Activism

Native American Voices: Haudenosaunee Influence on Early American Feminists

Echoes of the Four Directions