Native American Heritage Month

November 2020NAHM Blink Flyer

Every November, the ITRC leads a campus committee in recognizing the achievements and contributions of Native American people and tribes.  Native American Heritage month offers a variety of speakers, performances, workshops, film screenings, and more in order to promote awareness of issues in Indian Country.  The committee is comprised of students, faculty, and staff, all committed to increasing the Native American presence on campus, supporting Native American students and honoring our local tribal communities.



Native American Heritage Month Celebration Kickoff Event

Date: Friday, November 6th, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:15 p.m.
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Description: Intertribal Resource Center and the Native American campus community hosted the 14th Annual Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) Kickoff on Friday, November 6, 2020.

This virtual event kicked off a month-long schedule of activities honoring Native American Heritage Month. Our keynote speaker, Dr. Evan Adams, a Chief Medical Officer of the First Nations Health Authority and a trailblazer within the health care system. Dr. Adams is a Coast Salish actor and physician from the Tla’amin First Nation near Powell River, BC, Canada, also known for his role as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the film Smoke Signals.

In addition, you don’t want to miss our amazing entertainer performing live, Jim Ruel, a comedian, writer, and actor. Jim is an Ojibwe Native American of the Bay Mills Indian Community. He grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he spent the first ten years of his career performing in comedy clubs around the Midwest.

ASL Interpreters and Closed Captioning are available.

Smoke Signals Q&A Session with Dr. Evan Adams

Date: Friday, November 6th, 2020
Time: 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Attendees joined us to watch the cult classic Smoke SignalsSmoke Signals is a Canadian-American independent film released in 1998, directed and co-produced by Chris Eyre and with a screenplay by Sherman Alexie, based on the short story "This is What it Means to Say Phoenix, Arizona" from his book The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven (1993).  The film features Dr. Evan Adams as Thomas Builds-The-Fire and Adam Beach as Victor Joseph.  Following the screening, attendees had an opportunity to ask questions in a Q&A session with Dr. Evan Adams.

Language & Culture Table: Luiseño Language Basics with Anthony Hurtado

Date: Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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Description: Join us to learn some Luiseño language basics!  Want to share a greeting or some basic vocabulary in your Native language or learn someone else's?  Can you teach a cultural activity or want to learn a new one?  Do you have traditional social songs, dances, or games from your tribe that you could share? If you have an idea for future Virtual Language and Culture Tables you can submit it HERE.   

Protecting & Reclaiming Indigenous Stewardship: Decolonizing Relationality of Biotechnology and the Land

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
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Description: The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) hosted a presentation and discussion with Debra Harry (Numu - Northern Paiute) regarding the implications of biological quantification to individuals and the community.  

This event is one of six sessions aimed to assist with our understanding of how we, as Indigenous scholars, can decolonize the relationships between science, ethics, genetic and genomic research, as they intersect with Indigenous Peoples.

Black Indigenous Voices: Storytelling as Healing

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020
Time: 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
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Description: The first event in the Black Indigenous Voices series.  

Join us in a collaboration with the Black Resource Center and Ethnic Studies for a discussion on "Identity and Story-telling as Healing." Featured speaker will be Tai Simpson (Black and Nez Perce).

"Tai believes indigenous 'old ways' need to come back in style. The old ways are principles on which many indigenous communities build their social and political narratives. As an antiracism activist and community leader, she uses contemporary and traditional Indigenous storytelling to depict the lens of “old ways” and how it is used to protect the sacred, build strength in the community, and keep nature in balance. "

Kumeyaay Resistance: The Wall

Date: Monday, November 23rd, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Description: A discussion with community leaders, activists, and culture bearers from the Kumeyaay Nation regarding the border wall.  Panelists include Bobby Wallace, Jacob Alvarado-Waipuk, Kenny Ramos, Martha Rodriguez, and Dr. Stan Rodriguez, and moderated by Juan A. Reynoso.

Honoring Indigenous Knowledge: Trans-Indigenous Futures

Date: Tuesday, November 24th, 2020
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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Description: Panel Q&A: Keolu Fox: Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UCSD and Director of the Indigenous Futures Lab, Punahele Kutzen: Rap artist and Mauna Kea protester, Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio: Professor of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, and Dr. Stan Rodriguez (Kumeyaay), director of the Kumeyaay Community College.