Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

About National Native American Heritage Month

Although the first "American Indian Day" was celebrated in May 1916 in New York, a month-long recognition of Native Americans did not happen until 1990. That year, President George H.W. Bush signed a joint congressional resolution designating November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, the title has expanded to celebrate the heritage, history, art, and traditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Each year, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors had lived in North America for hundreds of years.

MESA and the Native American Student Association (NASA) collaborate with campus partners to bring a wide range of events that celebrate Native American culture with the University of Michigan campus community. 

The Native American Heritage Month Committee would like to thank each student organization & university department/unit for their contribution to this year's calendar.  

Below is a list of events for 2016's Native American Heritage Month.  Please note, there will be some events taking place that are not on the calendar. 


#noDAPL Protest
Ypsilanti Water Tower
11/11/2016
6:30PM

EMU Cultural Arts Night
Eastern Michigan University Student Center Room 300
11/16/2016
8:30-10:30PM

Native American Student Panel
University of Michigan School of Education Tribute Room
11/17/2016
6:30-7:30PM
Food Provided

Fall Feast
Michigan League Hussey Room
11/20/2016
6:00-8:00PM
Food Provided
Register here.

Native American Students Association / Muslim Students Association Solidarity Dinner
Location TBD
11/22/2016
6:30-7:30PM

Native American Heritage Month Digital Exhibit
Shapiro Library (UGLi) First Floor Lounge
11/21/2016 - 11/27/2016

Try-it-Out Tuesdays
2202 Michigan Union
11/22/2016 and 11/29/2016
1:00-3:00PM
Fry Bread Provided

Line 5 Lecture with the Graham Sustainability Institute
Location TBD
Date and Time TBD

Keynote: Tanaya Winder Spoken Word Performance
Alumni Center Founders Room
11/29/2016
7:00-9:00PM
Register here.