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 Melissa Beard Jacob at jacob.197@osu.edu.

Native American Heritage Month 2020 Calendar of Events

Post-Election Reflection and Discussion Space
Date: Wednesday, November 4 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/electionreflection 
Description: Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for a space to reflect and discuss the 2020 Presidential election. 

The Removal of Confederate Monuments and Columbus Statues
Date: Thursday, November 5 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/statueremoval
Description: Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for a discussion surrounding the removal of Confederate monuments and Christopher Columbus statues.

Understanding Settler Colonialism and its Impact on Native American and Indigenous Communities
Date: Thursday, November 12 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/settlercolonialism
Description: This workshop explores the process of settler colonialism and the destructive impact that it has upon Native American and Indigenous relationships to the land.

How to Navigate Difficult Family Conversations During the Holidays
Date: Tuesday, November 17 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/holidayconversations
Description: Traveling home for the holidays can be a difficult and nerve-wrecking experience for many students after spending time away at college. This workshop will provide space to reflect upon these concerns and an opportunity to learn more about navigating contentious conversations with family.

The Importance of Acknowledging Land and Tribal Sovereignty
Date: Wednesday, November 18 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/acknowledgingland
Description: Learn more about the importance of acknowledging Native American and Indigenous lands and the best practices involved with putting land acknowledgements into action.

Harmful Representations: The Use of Native American and Indigenous Peoples as Sports Mascots
Date: Thursday, November 19 at 6pm
Register at: https://go.osu.edu/harmfulrepresentations
Description: 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.