Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) takes place annually in the month of November. NAHM is a nationwide event where Native American communities come together to celebrate the rich cultures and traditions that tribal communities possess. Although the month of November is designated for NAHM, it is important to note that Native American heritage is still celebrated every day of the year.
NAHM allows the various Native American organizations at the University of Arizona (UA) to come together and celebrate being Native American. To express the celebratory aspect of NAHM, the month opens with a social, taking place Monday, November 2, 2015 at the Arizona State Museum (ASM) from 5:00-7:00pm. The social to kick off NAHM is sponsored by Native American Student Affairs (NASA) and the Office of Tribal Relations. This event brings together student organizations that primarily serve Native American identifying students. All students, Native and non-Native are invited to attend and get to know people and resources to build supportive networks on campus.
To celebrate indigenous identity, NAHM also entails “spirit week”. Spirit week, which is being led by the Indigicat Student Association, takes place during the week of Monday, November 9, 2015 through Friday, November 13, 2015. This week consists of encouraging students to wear their Native American regalia, show school spirit, praise friendship, and of course NAHM wouldn’t be complete without food. A potluck will close out spirit week while also bringing together the community.
There are many perpetuated misinformed perceptions of Native American people. NAHM also is a time to educate the general public. This year the UA NASA office is pleased to present different events that everyone is welcome to attend to learn about contemporary issues facing Native American communities. The “Walk In Beauty Spiritual Symposium” has become an annual event where guest speakers present on their work and how to address different topics of social in/justices, this year the event will be on Friday, November 6, 2015 from 8:30am-12:00pm in the Student Union Memorial Center (SUMC), Ventana room. On the evening of November 7, 2015 from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the SUMC South Ballroom, Native American comedian Jim Ruel will take the stage to display our Native humor. The “Beyond the Asterisk: Understanding Native Students in Higher Education” event brings higher education professionals from across the country to the UA to speak about their scholarly contribution in the Beyond the Asterisk book. This event will take place on Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 8:30am-2:00pm in the College of Education, Kiva Auditorium. All events are open to the public, and NASA greatly encourages the attendance and participation of everyone.
For a full list of events please visit http://nasa.arizona.edu/calendar. You may also contact NASA at phone number (520) 621-3835 or stop by the NASA center located in the Robert L. Nugent building, room 203.