Celebrate Native heritage

Students marching for Indigenous Peoples' Day

Native American Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of celebration of the resiliency of Indigenous Peoples through art, culture, food, music, tradition, and wellbeing. 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 Indigenous ways of life.    

Native American Heritage Month events are open to Fort Lewis College students, staff, and faculty. For additional questions contact the Native American Center at (970) 247-7221 or nativeamericancenter@fortlewis.edu.

November 2019 events

All Nations Flag Display

November 4 – 15, 2019, 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 Way of Life Week

November 11 – 15, 2019

  • November 11: Moccasin Monday
  • November 12: Indigenous Contemporary Couture
  • November 13: Indigenous Jewelry
  • November 14: Indigenous Tee-Shirt Design
  • November 15: Indigenous Attire
  • Participate in the Indigenous Way of Life Week. Each day has a different theme that reflects the Indigenous Way of Life.  

Events by date

November 1, 2019

Deepening Roots: Creating Community Through Food: Native American Heritage Month Opening Reception 
12 PM - 1 PM, Native American Center

Join the Native American Center as they kickoff Native American Heritage Month at the Deepening Roots: Creating Community Through Food.


November 4, 2019

Food for Thought: KDUR
12 PM - 1 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Come and learn about the opportunities that are available with KDUR. KDUR is a volunteer-powered community radio, creates a bridge between Fort Lewis College and La Plata County, offering diverse music, alternative news, and local public affairs programming. KDUR also provides educational and training opportunities in a professional setting for Fort Lewis College students and community members.


November 5, 2019

Coffee and Conversation: Land Acknowledgement
1:30 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Join the conversation regarding the land acknowledgement that Fort Lewis College currently uses before FLC hosted on-campus events.


November 6, 2019

Frybread Workshop
10 AM - 1 PM, Native American Center - Cultural Kitchen

Have you always wanted to learn how to make frybread or do you know how to make frybread? Come to the Native American Center to learn or teach how to make frybread. Come out and see how different Indigenous communities make frybread. There will be frybread taco toppings will be available after your frybead is made.

Destresser with Hozhoni Ambassadors
2 PM, Native American Center - Cultural Kitchen

Join the Hozhoni Ambassadors as they make stress balls and share different techniques on how to handle stress.


November 7, 2019

Diné Club Breakfast Burrito Sale
9 AM – until sold out

Are you craving a homemade meal? The Diné Club will be making potatoes and wrapping it with a homemade tortilla. They will also be making Navajo Blue Corn Mush and hot Navajo Tea.

Indigenous Expression Through Art
10 AM – 12 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Canvases and drawing paper will be provided. Come and engage in dialogue and create an art piece to be displayed at the Native American Center for the length of Native American Heritage Month.

Indigenous Languages Bingo
4 – 6 PM, Student Union Building - Vallecito Room

Learn different Indigenous languages while playing bingo.  Each game of bingo will be done in a different Indigenous language. Engage in conversations and learn new languages.


November 8, 2019

Deepening Roots: Creating Community Through Food: First-Gen Celebration Day
12 PM, Native American Center, Conference Room

Honoring First-Generation Students. Come out and have some tacos and cake while engaging in discussion of what it means to be a First-Generation Student.


November 11, 2019

Veteran’s Day Breakfast
8:30 AM – 10:30 AM, Native American Center

The Native American Center will be providing continental breakfast items for our Veterans. The NAC will also provide flag pins courtesy of Wanbli Ota.

Indigenous Languages Workshop
2 PM – 4 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Join the Native American Center as the NAC Programming Intern leads conversations in Indigenous languages. Take the opportunity to learn and share a language.


November 12, 2019

Indigenous Crafts
11 AM – 4 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

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


November 13, 2019

Tortilla Workshop
10 AM, Native American Center - Cultural Kitchen

Have you always wanted to learn how to make tortillas or do you know how to make torillas? Come to the Native American Center and learn or teach your peers! Burrito toppings will be available after your tortilla is made.

Native American Social Dance with Wanbli Ota
6 PM – 9 PM, Student Union Building - Ballroom

Wanbli Ota will be hosting a Native American Social Dance. Bring a partner or come with some friends and dance the evening away or come to listen to the drum and singers. All are welcome to attend!


November 15, 2019

Rock Your Mocs Day
11:45 AM Photo at the Native American Center

Come to the Native American Center for the “Rock Your Mocs” photo.

Deepening Roots: American Indigenous Business Leaders
12 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Join the American Indigenous Business (AIBL) Leaders as they host the Deepening Roots: Creating Community Through Food. Learn about more about AIBL and what the RSO has planned for the fall and spring semesters. 

N7 Basketball Games
5:30 PM/7:30 PM, Whalen Gymnasium

  • Women’s Basketball vs New Mexico Highlands University
    ​5:30 PM Whalen Gymnasium
  • Men’s Basketball vs Northern New Mexico College
    7:30 PM Whalen Gymnasium

November 18, 2019

Indigenous Languages Workshop
2 PM – 4 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Join the Native American Center as the NAC Programming Intern leads conversations in Indigenous languages. Take the opportunity to learn and share a language.


November 19, 2019

Indigenous Expression Through Art
2 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Canvases and drawing paper will be provided. Come and engage in dialogue and create an art piece to be displayed at the Native American Center for the length of Native American Heritage Month.


November 20, 2019

Coffee and Conversation: MARC Speaker, Dr. Naomi Lee
1:30 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

Engage in conversation with Dr. Naomi Lee. Dr. Lee, the 2018 AISES Professional of the Year, grew up on the Seneca Cattaraugus Indian Reservation in western New York State. Dr. Lee is currently an assistant professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, AZ.


November 21, 2019

Indigenous Crafts
8 AM – 1 PM, Native American Center - Conference Room

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


November 22, 2019

Deepening Roots: Creating Community Through Food – Indigenous Food Circle
12 PM, Native American Center

The Native American Center will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month with an Indigenous Food Circle. Learn about the different types of food that Indigenous People have in their home community.