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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 573 Nations/Tribes that were here before, during and after contact.

There will be a variety of events including Alternative Thanksgiving, an alternative celebration to the Thanksgiving holiday, a highlighted event sponsored collaboratively between the Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) and American Indian Student Initiatives (AISI). 

For any questions about a particular event or NAHM programming in general, please contact Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu.

Native American Heritage Month 2018 Calendar of Events

Meet and Greet Reception with The Dream Warriors

Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time: 2 – 4 p.m.
Location: Student-Alumni Council Room

Join the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Cohort and American Indian Student Initiatives for a meet and greet reception with the Alternative Thanksgiving 2018 musical performers. The Dream Warriors are a collective of Indigenous artists who believe in pursuing passions, dreams and gifts to better loved ones and communities while also uplifting others. These performers include Tanaya Winder, Tall Paul, Frank Waln and Mic Jordan.

Refreshments and hors-d'oeuvres will be served. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu with any questions.

 

Alternative Thanksgiving 2018

Date: Tuesday, November 6
Time: 6 – 8 p.m.
Location: Performance Hall

Description: Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration is an open alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. This event gives Native American/Indigenous students an opportunity to create/nurture their Ohio State community as they would if they were at home within their tribal communities whether in an urban, reservation or traditional lands space. This is an event where friends and allies will learn about history and traditions of Native American/Indigenous peoples at the time of contact and differing viewpoints. Traditional Indigenous foods will be served and RSVP is required.

This year's musical performance is by the Dream Warriors, a collective of artists who believe in pursuing passions, dream and gifts to better loved ones and communities while also uplifting others, which will include Tanaya Winder, Tall Paul, Frank Waln and Mic Jordan. To learn more about the Dream Warriors, visit https://dreamwarriors.co/. Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center and American Indian Student Initiatives.

RSVP at: http://go.osu.edu/AlternativeThanksgiving

Contact Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu with any questions.

 

“More Than Frybread” and Beadwork Night
Date: Wednesday, November 7
Time: 8 – 9:30 p.m.
Location: SLMCC Alonso Family Room
Description: As a part of Women Center Wednesdays and Native American Heritage Month, join members of the Native American and Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) and Native American Student Initiatives for a night of beadworking and a screening of the film, More Than Frybread. You do not need to be an expert in beadwork to attend; NAIPC members will be available to teach simple hand stitching. View a trailer of the film at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bBkincYfaa4

Contact Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu with any questions.

 

Native American Food Truck
Date: Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center, Columbus

To celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, the Ohio History Center is hosting a food truck that cooks traditional Native American food for two special days! Check out the tentative menu below and join OHC for a tasty celebration!

Tentative Menu:

Indian Taco
Powwow Dog
Fry Bread
Corn or Wild Rice soup.
Buffalo Tails
Bison Burgers

For more information, visit: https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-history-center/native-american-food-truck

 

Native Peoples of the Americas Colloquium 2018
Date: November 12-13
Location: The University of Dayton

The colloquium is a yearly forum at the University of Dayton intended to give voice to indigenous issues, perspectives and experiences. In emphasizing the value that comes from understanding and engaging Native perspectives, we can construct a community that is truly inclusive. Tatanka Means is the keynote speaker this year.

For more information and to register, visit: https://udayton.edu/studev/dean/oma/programs/native_peoples_celebration.php

 

First Year Success Series: Navigating Native American Student Services
Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 1 – 2 p.m.
Location: Tanya Rutner Hartman Room
Description: Do you identify as Native American and attend Ohio State University? This session is designed to help first-year, transfer, returning and graduate students navigate Native American campus life. Additionally, students are able to get connected with campus and community resources, have an opportunity to ask questions about the climate on campus, connect with one another and build community.

Contact Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu with any questions.

 

Are My Identities Too Much? A Social Justice Cafe
Date: Thursday, November 15
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Ohio Union Cartoon Room
Description: Come join African/African-American Student Initiatives and Native American Student Initiatives as we create a space for authentic conversation. Many times society, politics and culture send the message that our Blackness, Nativeness and so on is too much meaning a threat. Come join Social Justice activist Dr. Melissa Crum as she guides participants through a conversation around the current impact of race, politics and trauma is shaping our lived experiences. More importantly leave with tools of empowerment as we continue to strive for equity, respect and the power to occupied every space with authenticity!

Contact Katherine Betts at betts.128@osu.edu with any questions.

 

A Conversation with Alex Wesaw
Date: Saturday, November 17 from Noon - 12:30 p.m.
Location: Ohio History Center, Columbus

Join the Ohio History Connection during National Native American Heritage Month to hear from Alex Wesaw, Acting Treasurer of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi, a tribe federally recognized in Michigan and Indiana. Wesaw will share the history and culture of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and discuss the current tribal efforts surrounding historic preservation and working with the Ohio History Connection.

Alex Wesaw currently serves on the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Tribal Council, since August 2017 as a Councilmember At-Large. In August 2018, Alex was appointed the Acting Treasurer of the Tribe and the Tribe's Four Winds Casino Resorts. He has a BS in Communication Studies and a Master of Public Administration, both from Ohio University. Alex is currently pursuing a PhD in City & Regional Planning at The Ohio State University. Alex is originally from Bremen, Ohio and resides in Columbus, Ohio.

For more information, visit: https://www.ohiohistory.org/participate/event-calendar/ohio-history-center/wesaw

  

Native American Heritage Month: Young Lakota Film Screening
Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: SLMCC Alonso Family Room
Description: Join American Indian Student Initiatives and Women Student Initiatives for a film screening of “Young Lakota” as a part of Native American Heritage Month 2018. In this award-winning documentary, Cecilia Fire Thunder- the first female President of the Oglala Sioux tribe, defies a proposed South Dakota law criminalizing all abortion by threatening to build a women's clinic on the sovereign territory of the reservation. Her threats ignite a political firestorm that sets off a chain reaction in the lives of three young Lakota on the Pine Ridge Reservation, forcing each of them to make choices that define who they are and the kind of adults they are becoming. View the film trailer at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bKkyyJirrI

Contact Madison Eagle at eagle.41@osu.edu with any questions.

 

Kirwin Weekly Forums: November 2018
Celebrating Indigenous Peoples' Month

Every Thursday from Noon - 1:15 p.m.
Location: The Kirwin Institute at 33 W. 11th Ave., Columbus, OH 43210

November 1
Welcoming the Tribes Back to their Ohio Ancestral Homes
Presented by: Marti Chaatsmith, Interim Director, Ohio State Newark Earthworks Center

November 8
Ecosystem of Opportunity:Community Development on
Pine Ridge Reservation
Presented by: David Norris, Sr. Researcher, the Kirwan Institute;
Tatewin Means, Exec. Dir. Thunder Valley CDC, South Dakota

November 15
American Indian Relations in the 21st Century
Presented by: Stacey Halfmoon, Dir. Of American Indian Relations Chair,
Indigenous Peoples Museum Network– American Alliance of Museums

November 29
A Brief History of LGBT Native American Activism and Experience from 1970-2010
Presented by: Daniel Rivers, Associate Professor Department of History, The Ohio State University

Admission is FREE. Food and refreshments will be
available while they last. Forums take place in the first-floor conference room.

For more information, visit: KirwanInstitute.osu.edu/weeklyforum