National Hispanic Heritage Month

Happy National Hispanic Heritage Month! The celebration runs from September 15 to October 15, which covers the dates of the Independence Days of seven Latin American Countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Mexico, and Chile.

The United States’ Hispanic/Latino population is its largest ethnic or racial minority, with 18% of its total population, according to 2016 Census Bureau estimates.

More than half have roots going back to Mexico; approximately 10% are Puerto Rican; 4% Salvadoran; 4% Cuban; 3% Dominican; and 2.5% Guatemalan, with the remainder having family origins in Central American, South American or other Hispanic/Latino nations.

Nearly 7% of Indiana’s population describes itself as Hispanic or Latino. For further statistics, see the Census Bureau’s Hispanic Heritage Month 2017 webpage.

Learn More:
• Enjoy the many stories and events celebrating American Latino Heritage on the Library of Congress’ website.
• The National Endowment for the Humanities features a website for National Hispanic Heritage Month with lessons and links to educational websites and resources.
• For teaching resources organized by grade, see the National Education Association website on National Hispanic Heritage Month.
• You can also view the six-hour PBS documentary Latino Americans and view its timeline to learn more about 500 years of Hispanic/Latino history in the United States here.
• Health information is available via the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services National Hispanic Heritage Month website.

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