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 Madison Eagle at

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Madison Eagle at 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 (


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.