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Native American Heritage Month poster

Each year, Americans observe National Native American Heritage Month throughout November, by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors had lived in North America for hundreds of years.  This year, MESA/Trotter and the Native American Student Association (NASA) collaborated with the National Center for Institutional Diversity (NCID) and the Center for Campus Involvement (CCI) to bring a wide range of events to celebrate Native American culture with the University of Michigan campus community.  This year’s keynote event, “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future will be presented by Winona LaDuke, an internationally acclaimed American Indian author, orator, and activist. 

We look forward to seeing you at the events!

2013 Native American Heritage Month Events:

Tuesday, November 5th
Panel on Environmental Issues in Native American Studies
Co-presented with NAS Faculty from University of Michigan & Michigan State University
3752 Haven Hall, 6:00 – 7:30pm

Thursday, November 7th
“On the Ice” – Native Screen Play Viewing & Discussion
Trotter Multicultural Center, 6:00 – 9:00pm

Monday, November 11th
Winona LaDuke Presents – “Building a Green Economy: Indigenous Strategies for a Sustainable Future”
Rackham Amphitheater, 6:30 – 8:00pm
Reception to follow in the Michigan League, Michigan Room

Friday, November 15th
Rock Your Mocs (All Day)
Wear your moccasins in solidarity with a social movement across the U.S. designed to raise awareness of Indigenous people and show cultural pride.

Monday, November 18th
Black Ash Basket Making Workshop
Trotter Multicultural Center, 6:00 – 8:00pm
RSVP to Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs: 734-763-9044

Sunday, November 24th
Fall Feast - A free community event featuring traditional Native food.
Trotter Multicultural Center, 7:00 – 9:00pm


About National Native American Heritage Month

Although the first "American Indian Day" was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, the title has expanded to celebrate the heritage, history, art and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.