Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at Southern!
All are invited to help Southern Connecticut State University celebrate Native American Heritage Month. During this month, we bring awareness to the important contributions of Native peoples. There are a number of programs planned to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, as well as raise awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced historically and in the present. We hope you will join us.
On August 3, 1990, President of the United States George H. W. Bush declared the month of November as National American Indian Heritage Month, thereafter, commonly referred to as Native American Heritage Month. The bill read in part that "the President has authorized and requested to call upon Federal, State and local Governments, groups and organizations and the people of the United States to observe such month with appropriate programs, ceremonies and activities". This landmark bill honoring America's tribal people represented a major step in the establishment of this celebration which began in 1976 when a Cherokee/Osage Indian named Jerry C. Elliott-High Eagle authored Native American Awareness Week legislation the first historical week of recognition in the nation for native peoples. This led to 1986 with then President Reagan proclaiming November 23-30, 1986, as "American Indian Week". (Data from: Wikipedia)
Today, November is National Native American Heritage Month. It’s a time to celebrate Native Americans rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories, and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. It’s also a time to educate the public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced. Join us as the SCSU community celebrate Native American Heritage Month.
2023 Native American Heritage Month Events at Southern
Buley Library Celebrates Native American Heritage Month
Buley Library, First Floor Exhibit Case
Visit Buley Library and view the displays and highlighted items from its collections featuring Native American authors, biographies, and cultural history.
Native American Heritage Month Jeopardy
Wednesday, November 1, 2023 | 1pm – 2pm
Adanti Student Center Room 201
Join the Multicultural Center for Native American Heritage Month Jeopardy! This kick-off is designed to help participants learn about notable Native Americans, along with the rich and diverse traditions, histories, and contributions of Native peoples.
Me and We Search Scholarship Series
Thursday, November 9, 2023 | 3pm – 4pm
Buley Library 106
Join the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a workshop series focused on researching underrepresented communities. We will discuss terminology, positionality, and research agenda(s) that center(s) Native American/Indigenous identity and/or community. While graduate students are especially invited, all are welcome to attend.
Land Acknowledgements and Beyond
Monday, November 13, 2023 | 10:30am – 11:30pm
Engleman Hall B106
The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion invites you to a workshop on land acknowledgements. Join us for a dialogue on writing land acknowledgments and how to move beyond the statement by honoring and incorporating Native American heritage in our daily lives.
Two Spirit Documentary Screening
Monday, November 13, 2023 | 1pm – 2pm
SAGE Center: Adanti Student Center 235
Join the SAGE Center for a film screening of Two Spirits as a celebration of Native American Heritage Month and Transgender Awareness Week! Two Spirits tells compelling stories about traditions that were once widespread among the Indigenous cultures of North America. The film explores the contemporary lives and history of Native two-spirit people — who combine the traits of both men and women with qualities that are also unique to individuals who express multiple genders.
How to Be a Better Ally Series: Indigenous Latinx/e
Thursday, November 16, 2023 | 1pm – 2pm
Engleman Hall B106
Employees and students are invited to join the Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a workshop series focusing on allyship with Indigenous Latinx/e people. This session will cover Indigenous Latinx/e identities, languages, and communities and creating a supportive space for Indigenous peoples.
Notable Native American History Tabling
Monday, November 20, 2023 | 1pm – 2pm
Adanti Student Center Plaza Level
Join the Multicultural Center for a tabling event designed to help participants learn about the many notable Native Americans in history and to celebrate the rich and diverse traditions, histories, and contributions of Native peoples.
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion