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Native American Heritage Month

Each November, the Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors programming for Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) which celebrates and educates students, staff, faculty, and allies about the diversity within over 500 Nations/Tribes that were here before, during, and after contact.

There will be a variety of events including Alternative Thanksgiving, a Thanksgiving alternative/harvest celebration, a highlighted event sponsored collaboratively between the American Indian Council (AIC) and American Indian Student Initiatives (AISI). All programs are held in the Multicultural Center Meeting Room 1033 unless otherwise indicated.

To RSVP for Alternative Thanksgiving or for more information contact Melissa Beard,


Friday, November 1, 2013 5:30pm - Barbie Tootle Room, The Ohio Union

Native American Heritage Month Kickoff

The Student Life Multicultural Center and the American Indian Council will be kicking off a yearlong celebration of "But You Don't Look Indigenous: Navigating Multiple Indigenous Identities." The event will feature a discussion panel.

Monday, November 4, 2013 5:30 pm - The Ohio Union Industrial Kitchen

Sharing Foodways Social

Learn to make frybread, an American Indian bread, and the significance behind this food and why we make it. A fun and interactive event for all to come and experience different food and culture. This event will include a frybread demonstartion and workshop on how to make it yourself! Part of Native American Heritage Month.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 5:30pm - MCC Meeting Room

The Business Of Fancydancing MOVIE OF THE WEEK

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a film!

We will be watching The Business of Fancydancing a film based on a story by Sherman Alexie who brought us Smoke Signals.

The film reunites best friends Aristotle Joseph (Gene Tagaban) and Seymour Polatkin (Evan Adams) -- two Native American men who grew up together on the Spokane Reservation. Sixteen years after their high school graduation, Seymour, now a successful, gay poet living in Seattle, confronts his past when he returns to the reservation to attend a friend's funeral.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 5:30pm - MCC Meeting Room

Dinner with Dark Water Rising (RSVP REQUIRED)

Concert with Dark Water Rising

Dark Water Rising is a award-winning contemporary Native American group featuring a Indie Rock/Blues sound. Based in Robeson County, North Carolina, they formed in 2010 and won the 2010 Native American Music Award for "Debut Duo or Group of the Year". In 2011 they gained two nominations in the Aboriginal Peoples Choice Awards, Single of the Year for their song Hooked and Best Folk/Acoustic CD for their debut album Dark Water Rising. The band tours regularly in North Carolina and across the east coast, and was featured on the nationally broadcast NPR show The Story with Dick Gordon. Members of Dark Water Rising belong to the Lumbee and Coharie tribes of North Carolina.

Monday, November 18, 2013 5:30pm - MCC Meeting Room


Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a film!

We will be watching the film Two Spirits and discussing gender identity as it relates to Native American peoples with Professor Daniel Rivers. This event will be in colaboration with the LGBTQ community of campus.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 5:30pm - The Ohio Union Performance Hall

Alternative Thanksgiving (RSVP Required)

Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Alternative Thanksgiving/Harvest Celebration is an open social and political alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday.  American Indian/Indigenous students and allies are invited to learn about history and traditions of American Indian/Indigenous peoples at the time of contact. Food will be served that was common in Ohio in 1830. This year will feature performances from Nake Nula Waun. Frank Waln and Samsoche Sampson create unique and innovative music which combines hip hop with traditional music and hoop dancing. RSVP is required for this event to assure enough food. Please RSVP here.