Native American/Indigenous Heritage


Native American Heritage Month is a time to honor and celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and contributions of Indigenous/Native American peoples throughout history. Native American Heritage Month serves as an important opportunity for fostering awareness, respect, and solidarity, promoting a more inclusive understanding of the nation's collective identity.

November is Native American Heritage Month! 

2023 Events

On-Campus Events

Día de los Muertos Cookie Decorating
Wednesday, Nov. 1 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Location: 775 Student Center, 7th Floor Multipurpose Room
Join OMSE as we celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) by decorating your very own skull-shaped sugar cookie. We can’t wait to see you there!
Native American History Documentary Event
Thursday, Nov. 2 from noon to 2 p.m.
Location: Applebaum Building, Room 0610
In honor of Native American History Month, Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences will be showing a documentary on Native American history or culture.
Día de los Muertos & Ghost Supper Panel with WSU & Schoolcraft College     
Thursday, Nov. 2 from 3 to 5 p.m.
Location: Zoom
Movie Night: Dream Keeper
Thursday, Nov. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Location: 775 Student Center, 7th Floor Multipurpose Room
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with the Native American Student Organization (NASO) and OMSE by coming to our movie night and discussion of the film Dreamkeeper. Pizza and popcorn will be provided!
Discussion: Root Shock Theory, Gentrification & Land Theft
Monday, Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m.
Location: 775 Student Center, 7th Floor Multipurpose Room
Join the Native American Student Organization (NASO) and OMSE for a circle discussion based off the book "Root Shock" based on the book "Root Shock" by Mindy Thompson Fulilove- what does it mean to be uprooted, re-rooted and/or to have your roots severed. . . the impact on Indigenous people land, community and history. Food & refreshments will be provided!

More campus events are in the works. Stay tuned for updates! 


Community Events

Native American Heritage Month Speaker Series 2023
Wednesday Nov. 1st, 8th, 15th, and 29th from 6 to 7:30 p.m. 
Location: Zoom
Join the Native Justice Coalition this year in celebrating Native American Heritage Month for their virtual speaker series that will take place on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. EST throughout November. Their diverse lineup includes a variety of Native leaders who are inspiring, uplifting and supporting our communities. This a free event.  Please register through this link and the Zoom invitation will be sent before the event date. You can contact Bronson Herman – Assistant Director – with questions. 
Ghost Supper & Día de los Muertos
Saturday, Nov. 4 from 5 to 7 p.m. 
Location: American Indian Family Services | 4880 Lawndale, Detroit, MI 48210
Join the American Indian Health & Family Services for a community potluck to celebrate, remember, and feast in honor of loved ones who have passed. Please bring a photo of a loved one who has passed and their favorite dish to share. For more information contact Shelly at 313-846-3718. 


Resources & Other Information 

Check out WSU Libraries Indigenous Studies/Native American Studies Lib Guide and their Subject of the Month from 2021 on Self-Determination Not Colonialization

2022 Events

Indigenous Women as Matriarchs Podcast and Chat
Tuesday, November 15th |  4-5pm
Location: Zoom
Tuesday, November 22nd  | 4-5pm  
Location: Zoom
Tuesday, November 29th & Wednesday, November 30th 
Noon to 6pm
Location: OMSE Office, 7th floor Student Center 

2021 Events 

Sisters Rising Documentary & Discussion 
Monday, November 15, 2021 | 4- 5:30 P.M. 
SISTERS RISING is the story of six Native American women fighting to restore personal and tribal sovereignty in the face of ongoing sexual violence against Indigenous women in the United States. Their stories shine an unflinching light on righting injustice on both an individual and systemic level.

Join the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies, Native American Student Organization (NASO) and Native Development Network Learning Community, and the Commission on the Status of Women for a viewing and discussion in celebration of Native American Heritage Month.

For more information about the film click here

Sisters Rising Documentary Flyer

Native American Heritage Month Awareness Panel Discussion 
Thursday, November 18, 2021 | 4-5 P.M. 
Join the Office of Multicultural Student Engagement and the Native American Student Organization (NASO) as we talk about what it means to be an ally to Native and Indigenous communities. 
Native American Heritage Month Awareness Panel Flyer

Community & Virtual Events 

Friday, November 12th - Thursday, November 18th 
The National Museum of the American Indian's Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year's showcase focuses on Native people boldly asserting themselves through language, healing, building community, and a continued relationship with the land. Activism lies at the heart of all these stories. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.
Wednesday, November 24th | 5-6:30 P.M. 
American Indian Health and Family Services (AIHFS) presents a monthly cultural series: Indigenous Drumming and Singing with Jim Lowe Come hear the Heartbeat of Mother Earth Learn the teachings and medicine of the drumming and singing All ages and experience levels are welcome No RSVP or registration required This is a drop-in type event For more info Dave Garcia 313-846-3718 ~ Masking and CDC guidelines are observed at AIHFS ~ For more information visit their website.

2020 Events

Download the 2020 Native American 'Zine