Native American Heritage Month 2020

2020 marks the 30th anniversary of celebrating Native American Heritage Month, 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. 

National Native American Heritage Month


Campus Events

 

“Preserving Tribal Resources Through Indigenous Land Stewardship”
Native American Heritage Month Keynote Presentation by Dr. Grace Bulltail
Wednesday, November 4 | 6:00 – 7:15 pm | Virtual Event
Registration is required: https://bit.ly/3ilSbkl

Presentation will focus on how Dr. Grace Bulltail’s research work has evolved from studying the impacts of natural resources development to building capacity in tribal communities. Her experiences as an engineering professional on water resource infrastructure projects and water management programs for tribal governments have also informed and directed her research on tribal lands. Bulltail examined the policy challenges for tribal governments managing resources in complex regimes that intersect state and federal policies. Her continued research work includes assessing how impacted communities may strengthen their authority to govern and protect their waterways and research framework stresses that effective sovereignty is tied to overall resource management. Lastly, she’ll share her experience as a STEM educator and advocate for Native American and Indigenous students through leadership in the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES), the urban Indian community, and student organizations.

Dr. Grace Bulltail (Crow & Mandan, Hidatsa, Arikara), is an Assistant Professor with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is an AISES board member and a Sloan scholar alumni.

Co-sponsored by the Division of Diversity and Inclusion, Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) Program, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, and Purdue University student chapter of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)


NAECC Throwback Thursday Chat with Tim Jokl
Thursday, November 5 | Pre-recorded video

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as undergraduate/graduate students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride!

Speaker: Timothy Jokl (Abenaki), BS ENGR’11


SIGP Webinar: Highlighting Indigenous Researchers
Thursday, November 5 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 487 551 1650
Passcode: NAECC 

Join us for this virtual webinar featuring innovative research taking place across the U.S. by Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program scholars and alumni. The SIGP program goal is to strengthen and expand university initiatives to recruit, train, and graduate American Indian and Alaska Native students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduate programs.

Presenters:

  • Wai Allen (Navajo), SIGP scholar
    Ph.D. student in Geology, Purdue University
    BS’11 Geology Fort Lewis College & MS’16 Geology Purdue
  • Ashley Archer (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), SIGP alumni
    M.S. student in Wildlife Science, Purdue University
    BS’18 Michigan State University, MS’20 Purdue

SIGP funding is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and partner institutions:

University of Alaska-Anchorage and Fairbanks, University of Arizona, Montana State University, Montana Tech, University of Montana, Purdue University, State University of New York-Environmental Science and Forestry, and University of North Carolina-Ashville. 


Aloha Friday, “This Is Paradise” Book Discussion
Friday, November 6 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 990 1732 3935
Passcode: 108390

Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Nerisa Ve’e-Taua will lead a book discussion on the book, “This Is Paradise” by Kristiana Kahakauwila.


Samoan Art Painting Session
Monday, November 9 | 1:00 – 3:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 926 7571 6149
Passcode: 486676

Learn about Samoan arts and design and the importance of Polynesian traditional colors with the painting session led by Nerisa Ve’e-Taua. Painting session will be recorded and posted to the NAECC YouTube page.

Art supplies needed: panting canvas, paint, and paint brushes.


INAIAC Native American Heritage Week
Monday, November 9 – Friday, November 13 | Virtual Events

The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission (INAIAC) is hosting events to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in Indiana. This state-wide, week-long celebration will include daily virtual events, lesson plans for teachers and at-home learning, and educational resources.

Each day will have a specific theme:

Monday, November 9: History and Art
Tuesday, November 10: Storytelling
Wednesday, November 11: Veterans Day and Honoring Native Military Service
Thursday, November 12: Honoring Native Athletes and Fitness Activities
Friday, November 13: Advocacy Day and Native American Social Justice Issues

Visit the INAIAC website: https://www.in.gov/inaiac/2483.htm.


Veteran’s Day – Native American Veterans Film Screening and Discussion
Wednesday, November 11 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 942 4873 2641
Passcode: 033507

Celebrating Veteran’s Day, join us for this film screening and discussion to honor Native American men and women who served in the military. “The Warrior Tradition tells the astonishing, heartbreaking, inspiring, and largely-untold story of Native Americans in the United States military. Why would Indian men and women put their lives on the line for the very government that took their homeland? The film relates the stories of Native American warriors from their own points of view – stories of service and pain, of courage and fear.” Film courtesy of PBS.

Co-sponsored by Purdue Veteran Success Center


NAECC Throwback Thursday Chat with Ashley Archer
Thursday, November 12 | 3:00 – 3:30 pm | Zoom-Facebook Live
Virtual presentation will air live on Purdue NAECC’s Facebook page

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as undergraduate/graduate students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride!

Speaker: Ashley Archer (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), MS’20, Wildlife Sciences, Forestry and Natural Resources Department, College of Agriculture


Spirit & Place: “Since the Beginning(s): Native American Oral Traditions and Art”
Thursday, November 12 | 5:30 – 7:00 pm | Virtual Event
Eventbrite RSVP

This event welcomes Native American artists, culture bearers, and experts from around the region to discuss how origin stories and traditions are intertwined with art. Speakers include artist and Oneida culture bearer, Karen Ann Hoffman; Eiteljorg curator and Miami culture bearer and artist, Scott Shoemaker, Ph.D.; and Shawnee culture bearer, Jeremy D. Turner. Moderated by Dorene Red Cloud, member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and curator of Native American art at the Eiteljorg.

Presented by Eiteljorg Museum of American Indian and Western Art, Indiana Historical Society, Native American and Indigenous Studies at IUPUI, and Purdue University Native American Education and Cultural Center. 


Aloha Friday, “Polynesian Representation in Films” Discussion
Friday, November 13 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 987 4499 9057
Passcode: 262332

Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join us as we review films and discuss Polynesian representation, are they providing historical depictions or reinforcing stereotypes?  


SIGP Webinar: Highlighting Indigenous Researchers
Monday, November 16 | 6:00 – 7:00 pm | POSTPONED

Join us for this virtual webinar featuring innovative research taking place across the US by Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP) program scholars and alumni. The SIGP program goal is to strengthen and expand university initiatives to recruit, train, and graduate American Indian and Alaska Native students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) graduate programs.

Presenters:
Richelle Thomas, SIGP scholar
Ph.D. student in Environmental Science, University of Arizona 

Ronald LodgePole, SIGP alumni
M.S. in Land Resources Environmental Sciences, Montana State University

SIGP funding is provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and partner institutions: University of Alaska-Anchorage and Fairbanks, University of Arizona, Montana State University, Montana Tech, University of Montana, Purdue University, State University of New York-Environmental Science and Forestry, and University of North Carolina-Ashville. 


Book Reading and Discussion with Dennis E. Staples, “This Town Sleeps”
Tuesday, November 17 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 954 2988 7621
Passcode: 759746

Ojibwe Author Dennis E. Staples shares his personal insight through his reading and discussion with his inaugural book. “Set on a reservation in far northern Minnesota, This Town Sleeps explores the many ways history, culture, landscape, and lineage shape our lives, our understanding of the world we inhabit, and the stories we tell ourselves to make sense of it all.” – Counterpoint Press

Co-sponsored by Creative Writing Department, Native American and Indigenous Studies Program, and the Big 10 Native American Alliance


NAECC Throwback Thursday Chat with John Tohtsoni
Thursday, November 19 | 2:00 – 2:30 pm | Zoom-Facebook Live
Virtual presentation will air live on Purdue NAECC’s Facebook page

Purdue NAECC’s special version of Throwback Thursdays! Join us for these informal visits with Purdue alumni, relive their days as undergraduate/graduate students, and see how they continue to show their Boilermaker pride!

Speaker: John Tohtsoni (Navajo), BA’94, Political Science & Government, College of Liberal Arts, Principal, Shiprock High School, Shiprock, NM


Artist Conversation with Karen Ann Hoffman
Thursday, November 19 | 3:00 – 4:00 pm | Zoom-Facebook Live
Virtual presentation will air live on Purdue NAECC’s Facebook page

Karen Ann Hoffman (Oneida Nation) is an award winning artist whose traditional Iroquois beadwork has been on display across the country and is in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, and the State of Wisconsin. Join us for this virtual conversation as we discuss her artistic motivation, beadwork designs, and current projects. Hoffman is the featured artist for the fall 2017 Eiteljorg Museum’s Artist-in-Residence program.


Aloha Friday – “Riding the Musical Waves:” Conversations on Polynesian Music
Friday, November 20 | 2:00 – 3:00 pm | Zoom virtual event
Meeting ID: 933 6082 3392
Passcode: 572429

Celebrated on the Hawaiian Islands as an end to the work week, we’re bringing some “Aloha” to Purdue by exploring and honoring Native Hawaiian cultures and traditions. Join our conversation on Polynesian music where we explore songs, rhythm, and natural sounds and the connection music plays with storytelling, the People, the ocean, and the land.


Environmental Justice Film Series: “Y Tambien La Lluvia (Even The Rain)”
Monday, November 23 | 6:00 pm | Virtual event  |  Pre-register here

The Nexus Institute is co-organizing the 2020-21 Environmental Justice Film Series with the Purdue Center for the Environment (C4E). The films in this series focus on the Native communities in the South American Andes, the environmental injustices they face, and the resilience they demonstrate as an inspiration for the world.

Presented by Center for the Environment, Native American Educational and Cultural Center, The Department of Spanish and Portuguese/School of Languages and Culture, Department of Anthropology, The Arequipa Nexus Institute JEDI Postdoctoral Working Group and The Division of Student Life


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