Native American Heritage Month

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Each year, we honor the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors had lived in North America for hundreds of years, hosting a wide range of events and opportunities that celebrate Native American culture with the University of Michigan campus community.

Native American Heritage Month at U-M is led by the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs' Native American Heritage Month Committee, in close partnership with the Native American Student Association.

What is 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.

Listing of events

Our campus-wide calendar will be added in October. When available, see event links below for details, and contact event organizers with inquiries about specific events.


Related news

Wilkerson named to assistant director role supporting Native American students

October 30, 2023

The Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) is thrilled to announce that Andrea Wilkerson has been named the office's first assistant director of Native American student enrichment and belonging. Andrea has served as a MESA program manager since 2019 and now joins Nadia Bazzy and Krishna Han in MESA leadership.


Past Native American Heritage Months


Have any questions?

Contact event organizers with inquiries about specific events. Other questions? Contact [email protected].