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Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) 15th Anniversary

Every November, the Intertribal Resource Center leads a campus committee in recognizing the achievements and contributions of Native American people and tribes. 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.

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Native American Heritage Month offers a variety of events such as speakers, performances, workshops, film screenings, and more in order to promote awareness of issues in Indian Country. If your department or organization plans on hosting an event to honor Native American Heritage Month, please click the link below to add it to our calendar.

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Land Acknowledgement

The UC San Diego community holds great respect for the land and the original people of the area where our campus is located. The university is built on the un-ceded territory of the Kumeyaay Nation. Today, the Kumeyaay people continue to maintain their political sovereignty and cultural traditions as vital members of the San Diego community. We acknowledge their tremendous contributions to our region and thank them for their stewardship.

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Native American Heritage Month Featured Events

Ilka Hartmann Photo Exhibit

Through Week 10

Visit the Cross Cultural Center for a photo exhibition that highlights the Occupation of Alcatraz by Native American Activists in 1969. Displayed in the Cross-Cultural Center Conference Room and Art Space through week 10. Click below to see hours for the CCC.

Cross-Cultural Center Hours

Johnny Bear Contreras Art Installation and Q&A

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, 4-5 p.m.

Please join us in welcoming guest speaker and artist, Johnny Bear Contreras outside of M.O.M. to discuss his art installation, "When the World Comes to Life", in celebration of Native American Heritage Month! There will also be a Q&A with Johnny Bear Contreras afterward. The first 15 students to register and attend will also receive a Crumbl cookie and voucher the Middle of Muir coffee shop.

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"I Am Still Here" Film Screening

Tuesday, November 30th, 2021, 6 p.m.

Cordelia and Meg are Indigenous women separated by distance, age, and experience, yet are connected by a resilience and perseverance that transcends their differences. This film urges you to look within at your own journey with culture, to believe others when they tell you their story, and to question what has been taught to you. This ITRC event will be followed by a Q&A with Meg, one of the film's storytellers.

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Past Events

Native American Heritage Month Kickoff Event

Thursday, November 4th, 2021, 10-11:30 a.m.

Join us for the Native American Heritage Month 2021 Kickoff Celebration featuring keynote speaker Kali "KO Mequinonoag" Reis, a world champion boxer from the Cherokee, Nipmuc and Seaconke Wampanoag tribes. This hybrid in-person and virtual event also features Paul Cannon, a singer/song-writer from the San Pasqual Band of the Kumeyaay Nation and member of the band Iron Sage Wood.

School of Medicine NAHM Lecture

Wednesday, November 10th, 2021, 5-6 p.m.

Join the UC San Diego School of Medicine, the Office of Diversity and Community Partnerships, and the Association of Native American Medical Students for "We Are the Medicine: HIV/AIDS, Radical Love, and Thrivance Circuitry", a free lecture by Dr. Andrew Jolivette, a Professor and Department Chair of Ethnic Studies and the inaugural founding Director of Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) at UCSD.

IYA: The Ex'celen Remember

Friday, November 12th, 2021, 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, November 13th, 2021. 2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

The UC San Diego Ethnic Studies Department, in conjunction with Critical Missions Studies, Baktun12, and the Ohlone/Costanoan-Esselen Nation, will present a new play—IYA: The Ex’celen Remember—outdoors at the North Torrey Pines Living and Learning Neighborhood on the UC San Diego campus. All performances are FREE and open to the public. Click below to reserve tickets.

Speaker Event: Dr. Elena Hood

Monday, November 15th, 2021, 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Hood is the director of the Intertribal Resource Center at UC San Diego with over 20 years of experience serving Native communities. She will present on her work to increase access to higher education for Native students.

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Culture and Language Table with the ITRC

Thursday, November 18th, 2021, 12-1 p.m.

Join the Intertribal Resource Center for a Culture and Language Table. Fellow Native Triton and Chickasaw citizen Lauren Smith will present on the history and culture of the Chickasaw people. Click below for the Zoom link to this online event.

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Decolonizing Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 23rd, 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Join the Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance in learning about the true history of Thanksgiving and how we can decolonize the meaning of thanksgiving. This virtual event will be held on Zoom. The meeting ID is: 999 1867 5300

Falling Rock Art Reception

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2021, 6-7:30 p.m.

Join the Cross-Cultural Center for an online exhibit featuring the art of Gerald Clarke from the Cahuilla Band of Indians. This event will showcase art that reflects current issues faced by Native American communities.

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NAHM 15th Anniversary Planning Committee

Special thanks to: Maddy Agamata, Matthew Allison, Kaitlyn Avila, Alec Calac, Corrine Hensley-Dellefield, Elena Hood, Erika Johnson, Lorie Lee, Geneva Lofton, Izzy Narvaez, and Amanda Rubalcava.