Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month is a national month-long celebration created to recognize, honor and celebrate Indigenous Peoples. The NAECC serves as the focal point for campus and community events and sponsors an array of cultural presentations featuring traditional and contemporary Native American scholars, art demonstrations, educational tours, workshops and documentaries.

President George H. W. Bush was the first U.S. president to recognize Native American Heritage Month in November and, to this day, U.S. presidents continue with this tradition. President Barak Obama released his Presidential Proclamation in October 2010 stating in part:

For millennia before Europeans settled in North America, the indigenous peoples of this continent flourished with vibrant cultures and were the original stewards of the land. From generation to generation, they handed down invaluable cultural knowledge and rich traditions, which continue to thrive in Native American communities across our country today. During Native American Heritage Month, we honor and celebrate their importance to our great Nation and our world.

President Barak Obama's Proclamation - National Native American Heritage Month 2010

2013 NAHM Flyer

Native American Heritage Month - November 2014

  • Creating Hostility or Honoring Indians? Understanding the Controversy of American Indian Mascots 
    Cultural Lunch Series Panel Presentation 

  • Tribal Sovereignty: Examining the Concept of Self-Governing American Indian Nations
    Native American Heritage Month Keynote Presentation featuring Tribal Leaders Glenna Wallace
    and Ben Barnes 

  • From Olympic Gold Medalist to Philanthropist: Traveling the Native Path with Billy Mills

  • Book Club and Discussion: I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala by Rigoberta Menchu

  • Dinner and Movie Screening: In Whose Honor: American Indian Mascots in Sports 

  • Eiteljorg Museum Visiting Artist: Shirley Brauker

  • NAECC Movie Night:  Lesser Blessed

  • Native American Heritage Month Closing Ceremony featuring David R. Boxley

For more information about events, go to Events

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