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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 Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room unless otherwise indicated.

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


Monday, November 3, 2014 7:30pm - Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room

Native American Heritage Month Kickoff

Kick-off Native American Heritage Month 2014 with award-winning Cherokee recording artist Michael Jacobs. His music is a mixture of Native American roots, rock, pop and folk that address the human condition. Check out his website:

Michael’s professional music career began as a songwriter and guitarist in Nashville, TN. His debut solo CD, Sacred Nation, received the 2003 Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording. To date, Michael has performed at over 200 colleges and universities in 45 states, besides numerous libraries, museums, pow-wows, festivals, and fairs across the U.S. and Canada.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014 7:30 pm - Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room 

Contemporary American Indian Art: Are We Listening?

The Ohio State University Professor and founding director of the OSU Multicultural Center, Dr. Christine Ballengee Morris (Eastern Band of Cherokee), will present on contemporary Native American art.

Her research interests include self-determination, identity development, Indigenous arts, integrated curricula, service-learning, visual culture, and arts-based research.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014 2:00pm - Cartoon Room, Ohio Union

Native American Art, Clothing and Design

Learn more about contemporary Native American fashion from Dr. Jessica Metcalfe, the creator of the blog, Beyond Buckskin.

Her website, Beyond Buckskin, focuses on all topics related to Native fashion, and she is also the owner of the Beyond Buckskin Boutique, which promotes and sells Native American-made couture, streetwear, jewelry, and accessories. (

She has taught courses in Native studies, studio art, art history, and literature at tribal colleges and state universities. She has presented at numerous national conferences, lectured at museums, and co-curated exhibitions. Her current work focuses on Native American art, clothing, and design from all time periods, with an emphasis on contemporary artists.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014 7:30pm - Maudine Cow Room, Ohio Union

DICE 101: Intro to Native American History and Culture

Are you interested in learning more about Native American culture? Join Native American and Indigenous Intercultural Specialist, Melissa Beard, and American Indian Council President, Harriet Standing Soldier, for a presentation on the history of Native American relations in the United States and contemporary tribal relations adn customs.

This event also counts toward your D.I.C.E. Ally Certificate (SJE OR H&A) so be sure bring your D.I.C.E. card or request one if you don't already have one.

Thursday, November 13, 2014 5:30pm - US Bank Conference Theater

Film Screening of “Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" and Q&A session with director Audrey Geyer

Screen the recently completed hour long documentary on Midwest Native Americans entitled, "Our Fires Still Burn: The Native American Experience" and join the director, Audrey Geyer, for a question and answer session following the film.

This exciting and compelling one hour documentary invites viewers into the lives of contemporary Native American role models living in the Midwest. It dispels the myth that American Indians have disappeared from the American horizon, and reveals how they continue to persist, heal from the past, confront the challenges of today, keep their culture alive, and make great contributions to society. Their experiences will deeply touch both Natives and non-Natives and help build bridges of understanding, respect, and communication. The trailer of the film may be viewed here: and the film’s website is:

Many of her programs have aired on PBS as well as distributed extensively to the educational markets and cable television. She is the Founder and Executive Director of Visions, a non-profit 501(c)3 independent video production company located in Metro Detroit. Visions' focuses on the production of public affairs documentaries, which tell the stories of communities underrepresented in the mainstream media. She graduated with a BA in Film/Video Studies from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and has a Master’s degree in Social Work from the New York University.

Monday, November 17, 2014 5:30pm - Instructional Kitchen, Ohio Union

Sharing Foodways Social

Learn how to make frybread, an American Indian bread, and explore the significance behind this food and why it is made. A fun and interactive event for all to come and experience different food and culture. This event will include a frybread demonstration and an opportunity to make some yourself!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014 5:30pm - The Ohio Union Archie M. Griffin Grand Ballroom West

Alternative Thanksgiving (RSVP Required)

Hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center, Alternative Thanksgiving 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.

This year will feature performances from Tone and Butch, a duo that creates unique and innovative music of hip hop in combination with traditional drumming and singing.

RSVP is required for this event to assure enough food. Please RSVP here.

Friday, November 21, 2014 7:00pm - Student Life Multicultural Center Alonso Family Room

Dinner with Cecelia LaPointe (RSVP Required)

Presentation on Two Spirit Identity and Writing Workshop with Cecelia LaPointe

Join Native American poet and activist Cecelia LaPointe for a discussion regarding Two Spirit Identity within the Native American Community. Ms LaPointe will discuss her personal experience with identifying as Two-Spirit in urban, rural and reservation communities and how she navigates a non-conforming gender identity within these spaces. A writing workshop will follow the presentation.

Cecelia Rose LaPointe is an Anishinaabekwe of mixed heritage who is a part of Kchiwiikwedong (Keweenaw Bay Indian Community) and is Ajijaak (Crane) Clan. She identifies as Androgynous, Genderqueer, Gender Non-conforming, and Two-Spirit. Cecelia is the Owner of Red Circle Consulting, which specializes in a full array of presentations, workshops, community engagement work, and outreach on Native American issues, Native identity, Native American women’s issues, addressing and countering racism in our communities. She is a poet and writer published in anthologies, booklets, chapbooks, journals, magazines and online Native-Indigenous publications. Visit her website,, for more information.