Office of Student Life

Multicultural Center

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 574 tribal nations 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 Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives (NAISI).

For any questions about a particular event or NAHM programming in general, please contact Angie Wellman at

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Angie Wellman. Requests made two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date. 

Multicultural Center's Calendar of Events November 2021


Documentary and Discussion: Two Spirits (Part 2)
Wednesday, November 3 at 8 p.m.

Join LGBTQ Student Initatives and NativeOSU for a screening of the 2009 documentary Two Spirits in conjunction with LGBTQ History Month. In this session we will watch the first half of the program followed by a discussion and reflection on Indigenous queer identities. 

All are encouraged to come and watch the film together, and learn more about the diverse experiences of the LGBTQ community. 

Film content warning: Two Spirits is about the murder of a two-spirit youth – the film focuses on murder and violence against LGBTQ individuals within Indigenous communities. 

Join us for Part 1 on October 27.


We're Still Here: Getting to Know Present-Day Native American and Indigenous People
Thursday, November 4 at 6 p.m.

This presentation is an introduction to Native American and Indigenous Peoples cultures, histories and contemporary issues. Register online at


Understanding Settler Colonialism and its Impact on Native American and Indigenous Communities
Monday, November 8 at 6 p.m.

This workshop explores the process of settler colonialism and the destructive impact that it has upon Native American and Indigenous relationships to the land. Register online at


Alternative Thanksgiving
Wednesday, November 10 at 8 p.m.

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. Space is limited; RSVP’s required by emailing


Falling Through the Cracks: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women
Monday, November 15 at 6 p.m.

Ohio Union, Rosa M. Ailabouni Room

Join Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives and Women Student Initiatives for a presentation and discussion on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s movement. The goal of this movement and activism is to bring attention to the epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women in North America. For more information, please contact Madison Eagle (


(Mis)Representations: Portrayals of Native/Indigenous Identities in Pop Culture
Tuesday, November 16 at 5 p.m.

Ohio Union, Creative Arts Room

Join the Multicultural Center for viewings and discussions on Native media representation. In this session, we will dive into the world of media and pop culture looking specifically at the various representations of Native American and Indigenous folks and their cultures throughout the decades. The goal of this session is to promote awareness of both harmful and affirming representations of Native folks within TV and film.


Histories and Holidays: Learning Fact from Fiction about Columbus Day and Thanksgiving
Thursday, November 18 at 6 p.m.

This presentation provides historical context to the practices of celebrating Columbus Day and the Thanksgiving holiday as well as explore why these celebrations are harmful and disruptive to Native American and Indigenous Peoples culture and histories. Register online at


Harmful Representations: The Use of Native American and Indigenous Peoples as Sports Mascots
Monday, November 29 at 6 p.m.

This workshop explores the use of Native American and Indigenous Peoples as sports mascots and the racist and psychological damage that the use of these caricatures and images create among Native American and Indigenous communities. Register online at


If you would like to contribute to the Native American Heritage Month 2021 Calendar of Events, please fill out this form. Once events have been confirmed and approved, they will be added to this webpage. 


Campus-Wide Events:

Music Cultures of the World Watch Party: The World of American Indian Dance
Thursday, November 4 at 9:35 a.m.

Join Dr. Katie Graber and the students of Music Cultures of the World in watching “The World of American Indian Dance.”

 For centuries, dancing was part of virtually every aspect of Native American life. Although outlawed at times by the U.S. government and performed out of context for Wild West shows, dancing now unifies tribal nations and preserves Indian heritage. This documentary explores the dynamics of competition dancing‚ artistry, origins, and meanings, as well as the clash between progress and tradition that marks the contest powwow. Filmed at Crow Fair in Montana, the program was produced by the Oneida Indian Nation and aired on broadcast television. A general history of Native American issues is included. You can access the zoom link at


Artist Talk with Elijah Forbes

Friday, November 19 at 4-5:30 p.m.

Elijah Forbes (he/him) is an Odawa Two-Spirited comic artist and community organizer, who works with themes of Indigenous Futurisms, reclaiming power out of trauma, and transgender joy. Elijah primarily works in the fields of graphic novels and children’s literature. He has previously worked with Twitter to create illustrated media for the Trans Awareness Week hashtag, as well as with many other clients to bring their ideas to life. Some of these companies include: BookRiot, Andrews McMeel Publishing, The Boys and Girls Club of Canada, and Iron Circus Comics. He seeks to create work that uplifts people of transgender and Indigenous backgrounds.

Made possible by the Indigenous Art & Humanities Grant at The Ohio State University. Sponsored by The Ohio State University Newark Earthworks Center and The Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, with the support of the Diversity Equity and Inclusion Committee at The Ohio State University – Newark.

Register online to recieve zoom link.