October 12, 2020

October: Native American Heritage Month

About 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.

Each year, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors had lived in North America for hundreds of years. MESA and the Native American Student Association (NASA) collaborate with campus partners to bring a wide range of events that celebrate Native American culture with the University of Michigan campus community. 


Indigenous Peoples' Day - Sovereignty and Indigeneity in the Big Ten: Telling Our Stories
Monday, October 12th, 4PM 
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Join us this Indigenous Peoples’ Day for a collaborative panel discussion led by Native researchers and practitioners in the Big Ten. The panel will focus on Native experiences in academia, Indigenous led research and pedagogy, and how these are reflected in the national political and social climates.

Considering Search Terms In Historical Research: Native American Tribes and Indigenous Peoples Of The Americas - MLibrary Event
Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00-1:30PM
Link to Zoom
#HowToLibrary: Quick tips and tricks for making the most of the U-M Library, provided online through Zoom. How to locate alternate spelling conventions and use boolean operators for search terms in historical research. More info on the MLibrary website. 

A History of Native American Activism and Policy
Part 1: Friday, October 16th, 6PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 18th, 6PM
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Learn about the beginnings of the American Indian Movement and the organized protests that they led including the Occupation of Alcatraz and Wounded Knee. Also learn how the activism of the 1960's lives on and how we are dealing with issues in the Native community today.