Native American Heritage Month 2018

Native American Student Affairs (NASA) works to serve the Native American student population at the University of Arizona. Our goals are to increase Native American student attendance, improve student retention, and to create a respectful appreciation for the Native American community. We provide support to Native students to help them achieve academic excellence and to experience personal and professional growth. NASA services include tribal networking, tutoring, financial and academic advising, leadership and professional development and scholarship awards. Other efforts include mentoring, establishing community, and inspiring cultural values among Native American students.

In addition, NASA strives to be a center that allows students to interact with others from different tribal nations to discuss topics that are relevant beyond the university setting. We provide the opportunity to have these discussions through student organizations, faculty fellow events, and various cultural and leadership activities throughout the academic year. During the month of November, NASA hosts and collaborates on a number of events in support of Native American Heritage Month. Native American Heritage Month is a good way for the UA Community to promote, honor and respect the diverse cultures, traditions and histories of the Native peoples of the United States.

The calendar of activities for this November has been created, and NASA is looking forward to a meaningful and educational month. Here are some of the scheduled events:

Native American Heritage Month Kick Off
Monday, October 29th, 11am - 3pm
SUMC South Ballroom

What Does It Mean to Be Native Enough?
Thursday, November 1st, 5-7pm
Environmental & Natural Resource 2 Building, Room S107
A panel discussion with UA Indigenous Scholars about our individual
and collective Native American identities.

Weaving Workshop
Tuesday, November 6th-8th, 5-7pm
Location to be Announced - registration required
Participants will learn about weaving techniques and to
construct their own loom.

Flag Raising Ceremony
Friday, November 9th, 7:15am
Main Entrance Banner University Medical Center
Presented by Indians Into Medicine (INMED)
Holistic Wellness - Indigenous Day of Health
Friday, November 9th, 10am-2pm
College of Public Health Walkway of Wellness, 1295 N. Martin Ave.
Presented by American Indian & Indigenous Health Alliance
Soup'er Friday
Friday, November 9th, 11am-1pm
Native American Student Affairs's Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
Partake in good food and lively discussion with representatives
of the UA Indigenous Circle
Obtaining Eagle Feather for Spiritual Ceremonies
Tuesday, November 13th, 1-2pm
Native American Student Affairs' Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
Chase Viorin will discuss the legal processes for obtaining eagle
feathers for Indigenous ceremonies
Without Reservations - Meet & Greet
Wednesday, November 14th, 4:30-5:30pm
Native American Student Affairs' Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
Meet and talk with the Native American Political Cartoonist Richardo Cate
Without Reservations - Main Event
Wednesday, November 14th, 5:30-8pm
The Game Room (Student Union Memorial Center)
Native American political cartoonist Richardo Cate will discuss
his creative process
Indigenous Medicinal Plants & Herbs
Friday, November 16th, 1-2pm
Native American Student Affairs' Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
Stop by, learn about, and stock up on Indigenous Medicinal Plants and Herbs
Cornmeal Pouch Making
Monday, November 19th, 11am-1pm
Native American Student Affairs' Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
Learn to construct a leather pouch for storing medicinal corn pollen
and/or herbs
The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving Potluck
Monday, November 19th, 5-7pm
Native American Student Affairs' Wassaja Lounge, Nugent 203
A community discussion and potluck about the real meaning of Thanksgiving

Native American Heritage UA Women's Basketball Game
Tuesday, November 27th, 6:30pm Tipoff
McKale Memorial Center
Presented by the UA American Indian Alumni Club.Watch the UA
Women's basketball team take on the Incarnate Word Cardinals.
Native American performances will occur prior to tip off and at half-time

Closing Blessing & Dinner
Wednesday, November 28th, 5-7pm
Join us in closing out our month-long celebration of Native American Heritage
with food and a blessing

Windriver Movie Screening & Panel Discussion
Thursday, November 29th, 5-8pm
Gallagher Theater, Student Union Memorial Center
Screening of Windriver and panel discussion