Native American Heritage Month

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Presidential Proclamation 

"As the first people to live on the land we all cherish, American Indians and Alaska Natives have profoundly shaped our country's character and our cultural heritage. Today, Native Americans are leaders in every aspect of our society -- from the classroom, to the boardroom, to the battlefield. This month, we celebrate and honor the many ways American Indians and Alaska Natives have enriched our Nation, and we renew our commitment to respecting each tribe's identity while ensuring equal opportunity to pursue the American dream."

​President Barack Obama

View the entire Presi​dential Proclamation here.

**Please note: sponsors and descriptions are still being finalized.

Changing Exhibit: 
Woodcarvers of the​ Saginaw Chippewa                                                     November 1 - 30
Bovee UC, Center for Inclusion & Diversity (108)            ​                         8:00am - 5:00pm

This exhibit presented the art of woodcarving or wood sculpture by Frank Alberts, Smokey Joe Jackson, Gene Salgat, and Robert Waynee. ​

Sponsored by: Native American Programs, Ziibiwing Cultural Center ​

Environmental Awareness Day                                                                          November 1
Bovee UC, Center for Inclusion & Diversity (108)                                     12:00pm - 2:00pm
Out of respect for the Native American tradition of honoring Mother Earth, the North American Indigenous Student Organization is coordinating a campus-wide cleanup to kick off Native American Heritage Month. Register to volunteer here!​
Sponsored by: NAISO, Native American Programs

Highway of Tears: Documentary & Discussion                                                   November 3
Bovee UC, Center for Inclusion & Diversity (108)                                       2:00pm - 3:00pm

"Highway of Tears" is about the missing or murdered women along a 724 kilometer stretch of highway in northern British Columbia. None of the 18 cold-cases since the 1960's had been solved, until project E-Pana (a special division of the RCMP) managed to link DNA to Portland drifter, Bobby Jack Fowler with the 1974 murder of 16 year-old hitchhiker, Colleen MacMillen.

In Canada, over 600 Aboriginal women have been reported missing or been murdered since the 1960s. Viewers will discover what the effects of generational poverty, residential schools, systemic violence, and high unemployment rates have done to First Nations reserves and how they tie in with the missing and murdered women in the Highway of Tears cases. Aboriginal women are considered abject victims of violence. Now find out what First Nations leaders are doing to try and swing the pendulum in the other direction.

Sponsored by: Native American Programs, Multicultural Academic Student Services

Native American Heritage Month Food Taster​                                                   November 7
Bovee UC, Rotunda                                                                                         5:00pm - 7:00pm

Join us for an evening of exploring Anishinaabe food and culture with music and dance performances by the Ziibiwing Cultural Center. Donations in the form of non-perishable food items and/or bathroom toiletries will be accepted.​​​

Sponsored by: NAISO, Native American Programs, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Sigma Kappa Chapter, Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Student Budget Allocation Committee

Soup & Substance: Dakota Access Pipeline     ​                                                 November 8
Bovee UC, Terrace Rooms A-D                                                                    12:00pm - 1:00pm

This is one in a series where members of the campus community and greater Mt. Pleasant area gather for a soup luncheon and a substantive presentation on diversity-related topics. Free and open to the public. Brought to you by the Office of Diversity Education, Native American Programs, and the Office for Institutional Diversity.

Sponsored by: Office of Diversity Education, Native American Programs, Office for Institutional Diversity​

Traditional Skirt Teaching and Making w/ Judy Pamp                                        November 9 & 10
SCTC, East Building                                                                                        5:00pm - 8:00pm

RSVP with Shauna (989) 775-4123.

Sponsored by: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Native American Programs​​

Anishinaabe BINGO                                                                                               November 10
Powers Ballroom                                                                                             6:30pm - 8:30pm

Prizes will be given!

Sponsored by: NAISO, Native American Programs

Painting with a Purpose ​                                                                                        November 16
Wightman Hall 200                                                                       6pm - 7:30pm & 7:30 - 9pm

Join us for canvas painting, music, snacks and fun. $5 entry fee, all proceeds go to Ziibiwing Center of Anishinabe Culture & Lifeways. ​Register for this event here.​

Sponsored by: ​RPL430, Native American Programs, Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Multicultural Academic Student Services, White Graphic Inc.​

Beading Workshop     ​                                                                                            November 17
Location TBD                                                                                                    5:00pm - 7:00pm

Space is limited to the first 25 people.

Sponsored by: NAISO, Native American Programs

Native American Arts Market & Competition                                            November 18 & 19
​Ziibiwing Cultural Center                                                                              ​11:00am - 6:00pm

Fine Art • Music • Food • Dance • Children’s Activities • Demonstrations​. Free and open to the public.​

Sponsored by: Native American Programs, Ziibiwing Cultural Center ​

Quill Workshop w/ Niishode                                                                                                      November 28 & 29
SCTC, East Building                                                                                       5:30pm - 8:00pm

RSVP with Shauna (989) 775-4123.

Sponsored by: Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College, Native American Programs​​


Rock Your Mocs                                                                                    Everyday in November  CMU Campus                                                                                                                    All Day!

Stand with us world wide to recognize Tribal Individuality and to bring awareness! #RockYourMocs #RYM2016​ #CMUNAHM

Cultural Tables                                                                                      ​ November 2, 9, 16  Bovee UC, Down Under Food Court                                                            11:00pm - 1:00pm


Sponsors: Office of Native American Programs, North American Indigenous Student Organization, Student Budget Allocation Committee, Ziibiwing Cultural Center, Office of Institutional Diversity, Multicultural Academic Student Services, KCP Visiting Professorship, College of Humanities and Social and Behavioral Sciences, College of Communication and Fine Arts, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc. Sigma Kappa Chapter.