Native American Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of celebration of the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples through art, culture, food, music, tradition, and well-being.  Native American Heritage Month celebrates and acknowledges the contribution and impact that Indigenous Peoples have had on global perspectives since time immemorial and now.  Native American Heritage Month creates the opportunity to empower future generations to embrace, educate, and engage in dialogue regarding the Indigenous ways of life.

COVID-19 Precautionary Measures for Native American Heritage Month Events:

  • For those that are sick or exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms are encouraged to stay home.
  • The NAC is continually assessing COVID-19 numbers for the safety of our FLC community. We will continue to monitor COVID-19 numbers, based on most recent conditions and guidelines. We understand that decision to host Native American Heritage Month events are based on approval from the Safe Event Committee.
  • Contact tracing will take place for all participants through the registration process as well as the verification of a Health Pass and scanning of QR Code at the event. Campus community (students, staff, faculty, administration) can scan in with QR code, off campus community attendance can be recorded by NAC staff.  
  • Safety announcements will be made at the beginning of the event. Participants will be reminded of COVID-19 precautionary measures.  
  • Attendees should refrain from mixing and mingling with others not in their household during the event as much as possible. 
  • Attendees should maintain at least 6 feet of physical distancing from others as much as possible. 

Ongoing Events

Virtual Native American Heritage Month Wellness 5K Walk/Run

Registration closes on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5 PM. The Native American Heritage Month Wellness 5k Walk/Run will take place between Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29, 2020. The event is open to everyone! Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize. 

Register 


PIVOT Skateboard Deck Art Exhibit 

All November, Center of Southwest Studies Gallery

PIVOT, curated by Duane Koyawena (Hopi) and Landis Bahe (Diné), features original works on a unique canvas. The show includes over 114 skateboard decks by Native American/Indigenous artists. PIVOT provides insight into the contemporary Native art landscape while acknowledging the traditional cultures that help shape the identities of the artists.

Visit


All Nations Flag Display

November 2 – 15, 2020, Student Union Building
For two weeks, tribal flags representing Indigenous sovereign nations/communities will be displayed in the Student Union Building. These flags have been donated to the Native American Center by tribal nations/communities.


Indigenous Scavenger Hunt

November 13 – 15, 2020

Are you looking to win some prizes? Join us on the Native American Center’s social media channels for details. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) for your entry into the Indigenous Scavenger Hunt.


Indigenous Way of Life Week

November 16 – 20, 2020

  • November 16: Mukluk Monday
  • November 17: Indigenous Contemporary Couture
  • November 18: Indigenous Jewelry
  • November 19: Indigenous Tee-Shirt Design
  • November 20: Indigenous Attire
  • Participate in the Indigenous Way of Life Week. Each day has a different theme that reflects the Indigenous Way of Life.

Indigenous Food Showcase

November 26 – 30 Virtual, NAC Social Media 

Share with us your favorite traditional food/meal/baked goods. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.


Events by date

November 2, 2020

Mukluk Monday

Every Monday for the month of November the Native American Center is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear their mukluks/moccasins. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!


November 3, 2020

Tasty Treats Tuesday, 9 AM, Native American Center

Stop by the Native American Center to pick up a bag of tasty treats. Grocery bags are on a first come first serve basis, we will be handing out bags beginning at 9 AM until they’re all gone.


November 4, 2020

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!

PIVOT Artist Round Table, 6PM, Virtual

Please join us for an Artist Round Table with PIVOT: Skateboard Deck Art curators Duane Koyawena (Hopi), Landis Baje (Diné), as well as artists James Johnson (Tlingit). Elroy Natachu Jr. (Zuni), Kandis Quam (Zuni), and Felcia Gabaldon (Choctaw/Spanish). The round table will be followed by live question & answer session.

Register

Star Wars in Diné Bizaad, 7 PM, West Miller Quad  

Join SUP as they feature the film, Star Wars, in the Navajo language.  


November 5, 2020

Indigenous Language Workshop with the Diné Club, 3 PM, Virtual

Join the Diné Club as they lead conversations in Diné Bizaad (Navajo language). Take the opportunity to learn more about the Navajo culture and language.

Join


November 9, 2020

Mukluk Monday

Every Monday for the month of November the Native American Center is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear their mukluks/moccasins. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.

Indigenous Crafts, 10 AM to 4 PM, Native American Center

Learn about the meaning and significance of Indigenous crafts. Take some time to learn about a craft and participate in creating your own masterpiece.

  • 10 AM Indigenous Art 
  • 12 PM Earring Making 
  • 2 PM Pine Needle Baskets

Sign Up

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!


November 10, 2020

Tasty Treats Tuesday, 9 AM, Native American Center

Stop by the Native American Center to pick up a bag of tasty treats. Grocery bags are on a first come first serve basis, we will be handing out bags beginning at 9 AM until they’re all gone.


November 11, 2020

Veteran’s Day Appreciation, 9 AM to 12 PM, Native American Center

We encourage all Veterans to stop by the Native American Center for a gift from our NAC staff. The NAC will also be providing flag pins courtesy of the RSO, Wanbli Ota.

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!

Diné Club Presentation: Navajo Creation Story, 6 PM, Virtual

Join the Diné Club as they host Kevin Belin for a presentation on the Navajo Creation story. We ask that participants have color pencils/pens and paper on hand for the presentation.

Join


November 12, 2020

Hozhoni Ambassador Meet & Greet, 1 PM, Virtual

Join Hozhoni Ambassador, Chantel Jones, and Hozhoni Ambassador First Attendant, Noah Shadlow, for a meet and greet. The Hozhoni Ambassadors will be providing cultural teachings in Indigenous crafts. Chantel will demonstrate Navajo rug weaving and Noah will share about Osage finger weaving.

Join


November 16, 2020

Mukluk Monday

Every Monday for the month of November the Native American Center is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear their mukluks/moccasins. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.

30th Anniversary of NAGPRA, 2 PM, Virtual

Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) committee will be providing an update regarding FLC and the ongoing NAGPRA compliance work and their participation in the Association for American Indian Affairs Conference.

Join

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!


November 17, 2020

Tasty Treats Tuesday, 9 AM, Native American Center

Stop by the Native American Center to pick up a bag of tasty treats. Grocery bags are on a first come first serve basis, we will be handing out bags beginning at 9 AM until they’re all gone.

Indigenous Crafts, 10 AM to 4 PM, Native American Center

Learn about the meaning and significance of Indigenous crafts. Take some time to learn about a craft and participate in creating your own masterpiece.

  • 10 AM Indigenous Art 
  • 12 PM Earring Making 
  • 2 PM Pine Needle Baskets

Sign Up


November 18, 2020

Powwow Pulse, 5:15 PM, Student Life Center

In Rodera’s Powwow Pulse class you can expect to get your heart pumping and calves burning through a collaboration of two different forms of dancing used in Powwow; jingle and fancy dancing. It is a great and fun fitness class that’s suitable for all fitness levels!

Fall 2020 Native American Graduates Celebration, TBA

The Native American Center would like to honor our Native American/Alaskan Native students that are graduating in the Fall 2020 semester.


November 19, 2020

NAC Social, 1 PM, Virtual

Join the Native American Center as we host a social event. Connect virtually with other Native American/Alaskan Native students.

Join

Indigenous Peoples Parade, Line Up at 4:15 PM, Parade starts at 5 PM

Wanbli Ota and the Native American Center will be hosting an Indigenous Peoples Parade on FLC campus. The theme for the parade is Celebrating Indigenous Diversity.

CANCELLED


November 20, 2020

NAC Photo Booth, 9 AM to 4 PM, Native American Center

Stop by the Native American Center throughout the day and take a photo at the NAC Photobooth. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize


November 23, 2020

Mukluk Monday

Every Monday for the month of November the Native American Center is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear their mukluks/moccasins. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.

Virtual 5k Walk/Run Registration Closes

Registration closes on Monday, November 23, 2020 at 5 PM. The Native American Heritage Month Wellness 5k Walk/Run will take place between Wednesday, November 25 to Sunday, November 29, 2020. The event is open to everyone! Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.

Register


November 24, 2020

Tasty Treats Tuesday, 9 AM, Native American Center

Stop by the Native American Center to pick up a bag a tasty treat. Grocery bags are on a first come first serve basis, we will be handing out bags beginning at 9 AM until they’re all gone.


November 25-30, 2020

Virtual 5k Walk/Run, Virtual, NAC Social Media

Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.


November 26-30, 2020

Indigenous Food Showcase, Virtual, NAC Social Media

Share with us your favorite traditional food/meal/baked goods. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.


November 30, 2020

Mukluk Monday

Every Monday for the month of November the Native American Center is encouraging all students, staff, and faculty to wear their mukluks/moccasins. Use the #FLCNAHM2020 and tag the Native American Center (@flcnac) to be entered for a chance to win a prize.


For an updated list of events happening for Native American Heritage Month visit the Native American Center’s website at fortlewis.edu/NAC.  For additional questions contact the Native American Center at (970) 247-7221 or NAC@fortlewis.edu.