2013 Native American Heritage Month Events

Native American Heritage Month is a great way to celebrate the traditions and culture of the first indigenous peoples-the First Americans-of North America. The campus community is welcomed to participate and attend the various events planned for the month which highlights Native American accomplishments, contributions, and talents.

Read the National Proclamation by President Barack Obama.

Native American people image

Click here to view the Native American Heritage Month poster.

November 4th

“Native American Men in Higher Education” panel presentation

Native American Cultural Center Gathering Room (NACC, bldg. 14)

6:00 - 7:30 PM

A panel of Native American men will share their personal journey of success, challenges, and balancing their roles in higher education.  They will provide recommendations on how to pursue post-secondary degrees.  Panel members:  David Harmon, Marvin Jim, and Darold Joseph.  Sponsor: Native American Student Services (NASS). For information, contact Catherine Talakte, 523-8086.

Tonto and Tonto

November 5th

“Tonto & Tonto: Native American Images in Mainstream Movies” panel presentation

NACC Gathering Room

5:00 - 7:00 PM

This event will feature panelists addressing Hollywood views of Native Americans and the social influence of media images. There will be a question and answer session following the panel presentation. For information, contact Frederick Gooding Jr.

November 8th

Beauty Way Blessing "Hozhooji Sodizin"

Native American Cultural Center Gathering Hall (bldg. 14)

5:00 PM

Mr. Alex Benally, who is Bit'ahnii (Folded Arms Clan) born for Ta'neeszahnii (Tangle Clan), a Dine Medicine man & entrepreneur from Chaco Canyon, NM, will prsent on the Navajo Beauty Way teachings. Come be a part of this experience.  Sponsor:  Native American Cultural Enrichment (NACE) club.  For information, contact Monty Begay.

November 12th

Two Spirits and Burnt Film Screening

University Union, Kaibab Room (bldg. 30)

Join us as we watch "Burnt" a short story film about LGBTQ & Native American Identities and Two Spirits.  Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother's loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn't simply divided into male and female and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.  Hosted by LGBTQA Resources and Support.  For information, contact Chris Jay Schlarb.     


November 13th

Celebrating Foods of the Southwest

University Union Hot Spot (bldg. 30)

Lunch and Dinner menu:  Hominy beef stew, Indian taco, Frybread, and other delicious dishes.  Advance ticket price:  $7/person (purchase with cash at NASS, NACC, bldg. 14).  Door price:  $10 (lunch) or $11 (dinner).  Hot Spot accepts VISA/Mastercard, cash, meal plan and JDE.  For information, contact NASS, 523-8086.

Miss Indian

November 14th

Miss Indian NAU Scholarship Pageant 2014

Ashurst Auditorium (bldg. 11)

6:00 - 9:30 pm

True Blue Awards

This annual event celebrates the heritage of Native American women who are vying for the opportunity to represent University students.  Contestant application deadline: November 5, 2013 by 5 PM.  Sponsors: MINAUO and the Student Activities Council.  Contacts:  Tyesha Ignacio (tai7@nau.edu), Sharon Doctor, 523-6960

November 15th

3rd Annual “Rock Your Mocs” 

Native American Cultural Center, bldg. 14

10 AM

How to participate?  Wear your mocassins to school, work, or wherever your day may take you.  Gather with us for some fun.  This event is to honor our ancestors and Indigneous Peoples worldwide, together.  A global celebration of National Native American Heritage Month.  Event sponsors:  The Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention, Native American Cultural Center and Transfer & Commuter Connections.  Contacts:  NACC, 523-9557 


November 20th

“A Positive Outlook: Celebrating Native American Heritage & Accomplishments” panel presentation

Coconino Community College Board Room
2800 S. Lone Tree Road
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The Coconino County Inter-Tribal Advisory Council and the City of Flagstaff’s Commission on Diversity Awareness will host a luncheon highlighting successful Native American organizations.  Nominal lunch fee of $7 required in advance or $9 at door.  Payments made at Flagstaff City Hall Human Resources Office by November 18 by 5 PM.  Contact:  Dexter Albert, 928-814-4172.

Smoke Signals

November 20th

“Smoke Signals”

Cline Library Assembly Hall (bldg. 28)

7:00 - 8:30 PM (doors open at 6 PM)

This humorous, but yet serious movie gives a glimpse into the contemporary Native American world and is created by an almost exclusively Native American cast.  Following the movie, there will be a special guest appearance by Dr. Evan Adams who portrays Thomas Builds-The-Fire.  Due to limited seating, free tickets given to the first 400 guests (at the door) and free parking in lot P13 (behind Cline Library).  Sponsors: CHHS Native Journey to Academic Success (NJAcS), NACC, NASS, and the Native American and Indigenous Film Series.  For information, contact NACC, 523-9557.

Dr Evans

November 21st

Dr. Evan Adams – Inspirational Guest Speaker

Prochnow Auditorium (bldg. 3A)

1:00 - 2:30 PM (doors open at 12:00 PM)

True Blue Awards

Dr. Adams is of the Sliammon First Nations (Powell River, BC, Canada) and is an actor and physician whose performance is most memorable as Thomas Builds-The-Fire in the Miramax feature SMOKE SIGNALS.  Dr. Adams is currently the Deputy Provincial Health Officer with the British Columbia Ministry of Health.  Due to limited seating, free tickets given to the first 700 guests (at the door).  Sponsors: CHHS NJAcS, NACC, NASS, and the Native American and Indigenous Film Series.  For information about event and parking options, contact NACC, 523-9557.

November 23rd

3rd Annual Indigenous Bash

University Union Field House (bldg. 30)

4:00 PM

Featuring The Dakhká Khwáan Dancers, Shining Soul, Los Coyotes Reggae and several fashion designers.  Sponsors:  Connecting Higher Education Indigenously Club and Department of Applied Indigenous Studies.  For information, contact Chalsea Holiday (ch556@nau.edu); NACC, 523-9557.

November 25th

“From Acorn Stew to Pasta” – A NAU Study Abroad Experience Presentation

NACC Gathering Room (bldg. 14)

5:30 - 7:00 PM

Julia R. King will share her study aboard experience as a San Carlos Apache woman who traveled to Siena, Italy this past summer and she will offer helpful insights about selecting a study abroad program and preparing for international travel.  For information, contact Julia R. King (jrk226@nau.edu).