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Native American Heritage Month Celebration (NAHM)

Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Find out about virtual events connected to the Native American Heritage Month Celebration (formally California Native American Day Celebration (CANA-Day). Please check back for daily for updates.

November 2020

14th Annual Native American Heritage Celebration Kickoff Event | FREE

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM PST


This virtual event will kick 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.




Movie Screening: Smoke Signals and LIVE Q&A with Dr. Evan Adams | FREE

Date: Friday, November 6, 2020

Time: 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM PST

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Description:  Join us to watch the cult classic Smoke Signals.  Smoke 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, there will be a Q&A session with Dr. Evan Adams.




ITRC Language & Culture Table:  Luiseño Language with Anthony Hurtado | FREE

Date: Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Time:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST


Description: Luiseno Language with Anthony Hurtado and Dr. Elena Hood.




Intertribal Resource Center: What We’re Learning | FREE

Date:  Friday, November 13, 2020

Time:  1:30 PM - 2:30 PM PST


Description:  What are we learning at the Intertribal Resource Center!


FLYER coming soon!


AISES Genetics and Information Panel Discussion | FREE

Date:  Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time:  6:00 PM - 7:30 PM PST


Description: The American Indian Sciences and Engineering Society (AISES) Presents - Protecting and Reclaiming Indigenous Stewardship: Decolonizing Relationality of Biotechnology with the Land.  Featuring Debra Harry, Numu (Northern Paiute)




Native Kumeyaay Garden at UC San Diego | FREE

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM


Description: Hosted by Native American Student Alliance and Thurgood Marshall College 

This program is a discussion regarding the creation of the Kumeyaay Community Garden at Marshall College between the student advocates involved in the establishment of the garden. This discussion will be moderated by Dr. Amanda Solomon (Director of DOC) and will cover topics such as student solidarity, indigeneity, allyship, and representation. 

Captioning services will be provided. 

Point of Contact:  Fnann Keflezighi

FLYER coming soon!


Black Indigenous Voices | FREE

Date: Friday, November 20, 2020

Time: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM PST


Description: 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 | FREE

Date: Monday, November 23, 2020

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM


Description: A discussion with community leaders, activists, and culture bearers from the Kumeyaay Nation regarding the border wall.  Panelists include Jamie LaBrake, Kenny Ramos, Martha Rodriguez, Dr. Stan Rodriguez, and Jacob Alvarado-Waipuk and moderated by Juan A. Reynoso.


FLYER coming soon!


Honoring Indigenous Knowledge: Trans-indigenous Futures | FREE

Date: Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Time:  2:00 PM – 3:30 PM PST


Description: Trans-indigenous Futures brings together diverse indigenous voices to discuss how to recognize, honor, and apply ancient indigenous knowledge to present-day challenges, and how indigenous and non-indigenous people can move forward collectively with integrity.


Assistant Professor Keolu Fox, a Kānaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) genetic anthropologist and Director of the Indigenous Futures Lab at UC San Diego.

Assistant Professor Jamaica Heolimeleikalani Osorio, a Kānaka Maoli poet, artist, and scholar of Indigenous and Native Hawaiian Politics; Punahele, a Kānaka Maoli Hip Hop artist and educator, and recipient of the 2019 Nā Hōkū Hanohano Hip Hop Album of The Year Award.

Dr. Stan Rodriguez, a member of the Santa Ysabel Band of the Iipay Nation, a Kumeyaay language and culture instructor at Kumeyaay Community College, and builder of traditional tule reed boats.

Point of Contact:  Adam Burgasser, Greg Pōmaikaʻi Gushiken, Joanmarie Bañez



UC San Diego will host a series of FREE virtual events throughout November to honor the heritage, diverse cultures, traditions, histories and the important contributions of Native people. 
We thank all faculty, staff, students and community to take part in the Native American Heritage Month Celebration at UC San Diego.

May 2021

11th Annual Powwow at UC San Diego | Public - FREE

Hosted by the Native American Student Alliance (NASA)

Date: May 2021 (TBD)

Location: TBD

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: or call (858) 822-0048



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