Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Native American Heritage Month calendar of events

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 chronological list of events for 2017's Native American Heritage Month. Please note, there will be some events taking place that are not on the calendar and will be added later. 


The Sounds and Stories of Michigan with Margaret Noodin 

  • Date: 11/03/2017
  • Time: 6:30pm-8pm
  • Location: Mason Hall, Room 3437

"Most of the World's Languages are Vanishing. Why Should We Care?" by Sally Thomason

  • Date: 11/07/2017
  • Time: 4pm
  • Location: Rackham Amphitheatre

"Two Spirits" Film Screening with Spectrum Center

  • Date: 11/07/2017
  • Time: 6:30pm-8pm
  • Location: Shapiro Library Screening Room (2160)

"Indigenous Self-Determination for Sovereign Games" by Elizabeth LaPensée 

  • Date: 11/08/2017
  • Time: 2pm-3:30pm
  • Location: Hatcher Gallery

NASA Ice Cream Social 

  • Date: 11/10/2017
  • Time: 5:30pm-7pm
  • Location: Mason Hall, Room 3437

Annual Fall Feast 

  • Date: 11/12/2017
  • Time: 5:30pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Trotter 1st Floor Lounge & Front Yard

"Awake, a Dream from Standing Rock" Film Screening 

  • Date: 11/14/2017
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Munger Screening Room G039 (located in Munger Graduate Residence Hall)

Eastern Michigan University: Cultural Art & Poetry Night 

  • Date: 11/15/2017
  • Time: 7pm-9pm
  • Location: EMU Student Center Intersection, Room 266 (900 Oakwood St, Ypislanti, MI 48197)

Matika Wilbur Keynote Presentation 

  • Date: 11/17/2017
  • Time: 6pm-7:30pm
  • Location: Michigan Union, Kuenzel Room (1st Floor) 
  • Description: 

    Matika Wilbur, an acclaimed photographer from the Tulalip and Swinomish tribes (Washington), is the creator and director of Project 562 and the only Native American photographer and social documentarian to be welcomed into each of the 562+ Native American sovereign territories in the United States. For the past four years, Wilbur has collaborated with scores of tribes to share the images and truths of Native American Peoples.

    Join us for an evening of discussion as Wilbur presents "19 Lessons from Indian Roads"; providing remarkable insights into contemporary Native American life, driving the conversation forward to encourage U.S. citizens to evolve beyond the appropriation and neglect of indigenous images and traditions through a new model of awareness, with honest photographic representation and direct narratives of America's first people.  

Talking Circle 

  • Date: 11/27/2017
  • Time: 5:30pm-7pm
  • Location: Angell Hall, Room G115

Eastern Michigan University: Boarding School: A Survivor's Story 

  • Date: 11/30/2017 
  • Time: 6pm-8pm
  • Location: Halle Library, Room 300 (955 W Circle Drive, Ypsilanti, MI 48197)