Native American Heritage Month

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The NU community highlights Native American and Indigenous culture through a variety of events, including guest speakers, panel discussions, films, social gatherings, theatrical performances and literary forums, just to name a few. Native American Heritage Month takes place during the month of November. 

Below is a list of upcoming Events for Native American Heritage Month

2018 Events

NOV 3 | First Nations Film and Video Festival

7-9:00 PM, Swift Hall, Room 107, 2029 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Join NAISA for a viewing of Fall 2018's First Nations Film and Video Festival, whose mission is to "advocate for and celebrate the works of Native American filmmakers and new works and films that break racial stereotypes and promote awareness of Native American issues." Programming will include "The Other 51%: Native American Women Directors," a selection of films directed by Native women. Pizza will be provided!

Sponsored by: Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance

NOV 7 | Annual Montezuma Lecture


This year's awards honors three nationally recognized individuals:

  • Ross Racine, Executive Director of the Intertribal Agriculture Council; the 2018 Dr. Carlos Montezuma Honorary Lecturer
  • Louie Gong, Artist & Entrepreneur (8th Gen); the 2018 Woodrow "Woody" Crumbo Award
  • Fred Hoxie, Professor at U of I (ret.); the 2018 Elizabeth Seabury Mitchell Award

Free to the Northwestern community. $15 public/$12 members.

Reception to follow.

NOV 11 | Harvest

5-6:30 PM, Parkes Hall Room 120, 1870 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Join MSA for our monthly dinner and discussion series on topics important to Indian Country and the Northwestern Native and Indigenous Community. All are welcome. To ensure we have enough food, please RSVP by November 7th here. We hope to see you there!

NOV 17 | Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

11:00 AM -1:30 PM, Louis Room, Norris University Center, 1919 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL

Please join us for the 5th annual Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration on Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm. Descendants of Sand Creek Massacre survivors will be with us for this event. The commemoration will include a meal, a brief video, and remarks before walking to the Lakefill for a bonfire at 1pm. All are invited to learn about the massacre and Northwestern's place in this history. 

Sponsored by: Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance, Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies, Multicultural Student Affairs, and Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion

NOV 27 | Film Screening: Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World

6:00 PM, Harris Hall 107, 1881 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Join MSA for a screening of Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World. RUMBLE explores how the Native American influence is an integral part of music history, despite attempts to ban, censor, and erase Indian culture in the United States. RUMBLE through playful recreations, stories, concert footage, and interviews with many some of the most iconic musical legends. Rumble illustrates how Indigenous music was part of the very fabric of American popular music from the beginning, despite being left out of the story – until now. Stick around afterwards for a discussion.

NOV 29 | Sovereignty Symposium

5:15-7:00 PM, University Hall 201, 1897 Sheridan Rd, Evanston, IL

Co-hosted with the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities’ Dialogues on Security and the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies.

In the context of debates about the security of borders, information, and lives, three Indigenous Studies scholars discuss recent debates and issues of Indigenous sovereignty.

Jenny L. Davis is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she is the director of the Native American and Indigenous Languages (NAIL) Lab and an affiliate faculty of American Indian Studies and Gender & Women’s Studies.

J. Kēhaulani Kauanui is Professor of American Studies and an affiliate faculty member in Anthropology at Wesleyan University, where she serves as the current Chair of the American Studies Department, and the current Director of the Center for the Americas.

Doug Kiel is a citizen of the Oneida Nation and Assistant Professor at Northwestern University where he studies Native American history, with particular interests in the Great Lakes region and twentieth century Indigenous nation rebuilding.

Sponsored by: Center for Native American and Indigenous Research, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities’ Dialogues on Security, and the Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies