Native American Heritage Month

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Native American Heritage Month, also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, has its roots in the early 20th century. In 1915, the annual congress of the American Indian Association directed its president to ask the U.S. to observe American Indian Day. The U.S. government didn't act until 1983, when President Ronald Reagan proclaimed May 13 American Indian Day, and in 1990 President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month.


Native American Heritage Month Poster


2019 events 

  • Medicine Pouch and Beaded Lanyards with Dakota MacColl
  • Spatial Justice: “Place/Placed” - Chris Cornelius (Oneida Nation) and Garrick Imatani 
  • Leilani Sabzalian, Book Talk
  • Red Dress Project Art Instillation and Panel
  • Dinner, Culture, and Community at the Many Nations Longhouse
  • Salmon is Everything play reading 
  • NASU Tacos Sale
  • 2019 WHA Symposium "Engaged Humanities: Partnerships Between Academia and Tribal Communities"
  • The Thanksgiving Play - Larissa Fasthorse (Sigcangu Lakota)
  • Rock Your Moc with Shayleen Eaglespeaker
  • "Native Wisdom: The Peoples of Western Oregon" Screening
  • Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee Nation):"Tribal Sovereignty: The True Origins of Environmental Law" 
  • LCC Native American Student Association (NASA) Salmon Bake
  • NASU Round Dance
  • BE Process - “Phenomenally Indigenous and Urban Native Fashion” with Joey Montoya


Utilizing Native American Heritage Month as a Tool for Culture Change 2019  
by Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Vice President, Division of Equity and Inclusion


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As we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, history is an especially pertinent subject for Oregonians. This is the first year that Oregon schools will be required to teach tribal history and life experiences as a result of 2017’s Senate Bill 13. As schools work with Oregon tribes to create curriculum, it’s important for institutions like the University of Oregon to use our platform to support these efforts towards positive culture change, both by promoting tribal history throughout the year and utilizing celebrations like NAHM in particular. Read more...


2018 Events 

Native American Heritage Month 2018


2017 Events

Native American Heritage Month 2017 Brenda Child, Illuminating  the History of American Indian Women Tuesday | Nov 7 | 4 –5 pm 123 Global Scholars Hall, “The Question of Genocide  in American History,” with Professor Jeff Ostler Tuesday | Nov 7 | 6 –7:30 


2016 Events

University of Oregon Native American Heritage Month Poster