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Native American Heritage Month Celebration (NAHM)

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Find out about events connected to the Native American Heritage Month Celebration (formally California Native American Day Celebration - CANA-Day).

November 2019

Native American Heritage Month Celebration Kickoff and Scholarship Awards | Tickets for Sale

(formally California Native American Day Celebration)

Date: Monday, November 4, 2019
Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: Price Center West Ballrooms A&B (map)
Parking available at Gilman Parking Structure (map)

Description: This luncheon serves as a kickoff to a month-long schedule of activities honoring our Native American scholars that recognize their academic achievements to support equity, diversity and inclusion at UC San Diego.

Ticketed Event: General Admission: $15 | Contact: nahm@ucsd.edu
Table Sponsorship (Reserved seating): $200 | Contact: nahm@ucsd.edu

Language & Culture Table | Free

Date: Wednesday, November 6, 2019
Time: 4:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.
Location: Intertribal Resource Center (map)
Parking available at Gilman Parking Structure (map)

Description: Join us for a demonstration on Navajo weaving.

Film Screening: The Party's Downstairs

Date: Friday, November 8, 2019
Time: Doors open at 6:00 p.m., Film starts at 7:00 p.m.
Location: The Loft (map)
Parking available at Gilman Parking Structure (map)

Description: Horror film by Native American director, Mike Marin.

Lecture: Dr. Jeffrey Henderson (UCSD BS ‘85, MD ‘89) Diversity in Medicine | Free

Date: Thursday, November 14, 2019
Time: 5:00 p.m.
Location: School of Medicine, Medical Education & Telemedicine Building, Ong Family Auditorium
Registration for this event is required by Nov 11, 2019. Visit the registration page for details.

Description:  “Journeys Along the Good Red Road: Intersections of Culture, Science, Policy and American Indian Health Disparities”

Dr. Henderson is the second Native American (Lakota) to graduate from UC San Diego School of Medicine (‘89), and is an inspiring example of a community centered physician-scientist. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the University of Washington, served as Clinical Director of the Public Health Service’ Indian Hospital in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, and the Indian Health Service in Black Hills, South Dakota. Dr. Henderson is the founder of the Black Hills Center for American Indian Health which has received over $20 million through 18 NIH and CDC grants and contracts, providing employment for 40-50 reservation-based tribal members; and injecting over $5 million into impoverished reservation communities. He is a prolific scholar and a former Investigator of the Strong Heart Study, the largest epidemiologic study of cardiovascular disease in American Indians. His lecture will focus on cancer disparities.

Concert: Black Belt Eagle Scout | Tickets for Sale

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: Doors open at 7:00 p.m. | Concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Location: Che Cafe (map)
Additional Parking available at the La Jolla Playhouse (map)

Description: Indigenous Musician Black Belt Eagle Scout (Katherine Paul) grew up on the Swinomish Indian Reservation in Washington state.

A quote bu She Shreds Magazine: "If you can imagine all of the best things that the Pacific Northwest has brought us—Mount Eerie, Grunge, Sleater-Kinney, The Girls Rock Camp, and lush mountain ranges—reimagined and told through the perspective of an Indigenous Swinomish/Iñupiaq woman; if you can imagine the magic that would bring to your life then you can imagine Black Belt Eagle Scout."

Ticketed Event: General Admission: $10 - $12 (buy tickets) | Contact: Che Cafe at info@checafe.org

Symposium on Indigenous Language Communities of the Californias

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: The Forum (map)
Parking available at Gilman Parking Structure (map)

Description: Join us for a day of talks about the linguistic heritage of our region and learn about the language reclamation work that is done in the local indigenous communities.

Native American Appreciation Night UC San Diego Men’s Basketball Game vs CSU San Marcos | Free

Date: Thursday, November 21, 2019
Location: RIMAC Arena (map)
Parking available at Hopkins Parking Structure (map)

Description: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month at the Native American Appreciation Night at the UC San Diego Men’s Basketball Game. Join us before the game for the Native American Community Reception. Refreshments will be provided. RSVP required.

Ticketed Event: RSVP for the basketball game
Contact: itrc@ucsd.edu or call (858) 822-0048

May 2020

10th Annual Powwow at UC San Diego | Free and open to the public

Hosted by the Native American Student Alliance (NASA)

Date: May 2020 (TBA)
Location: TBA

Description: The Powwow is a Native American gathering focused on dance, song and family celebration. It celebrates the connections to tradition and spirituality, to the Earth and to one another in a social, personal and spiritual meeting.

Contact: itrc@ucsd.edu or call (858) 822-0048


Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Resource Management and Planning, and Welcome Week 2019.

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