Native American Heritage Month

Hear what USET Tribal Leaders and individuals across the USET family have to say about Native American Heritage Month.

November 30: Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes Citizen and USET/USET SPF Executive Director Kitcki A Carroll.

Archive Videos
USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Citizen and USET Tribal Climate Science Liaison Dr. Casey Thornbrugh (11/27/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Chairman Rodney Butler (11/25/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut Citizen and USET SPF Policy and Legislative Affairs Director Liz Malerba (11/23/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Mississippi Band of Choctaw Nation Citizen and Indian Health Service Nashville Area Office Director Dr. Beverly Cotton. (11/20/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series USET’s Economic Development program to recognize and bring greater visibility to USET member Tribal Nation businesses during Native American Heritage Month. While we are elevating these businesses today, please remember to support them throughout the year. (11/18/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Penobscot Indian Nation Citizen and USET Office of Environmental Resource Management Director Jerry Pardilla (11/16/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut Chief and USET/USET SPF Secretary Lynn Many Hearts Malerba (11/13/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians Citizen and USET Veterans Affairs Committee Chairperson Sam Lambert (11/11/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Chairwoman Cecilia Flores (11/09/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Chairman Marshall Pierite (11/06/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Jena Band of Choctaw Indians Chief B Cheryl Smith, USET/USET SPF Treasurer (11/04/20)

USET/USET SPF Spotlight Series Oneida Indian Nation Representative Ray Halbritter (11/02/20)

Learn more about USET, Native American history, and Native American Heritage Month.

See below for events during Native American Heritage Month.

  • Indigenous History Virtual Conference9 Virtual Sessions, October 3 – November 22
    Here It Began: 2020 Hindsight or Foresight, a signature Plymouth 400 event, is an Indigenous History Conference to inspire educators to learn about creation histories and traditional life; colonization and its aftermath; and the continued resilience and life of New England Natives today. The virtual event, sponsored by Bridgewater State University, Plymouth 400 and the Wampanoag Advisory Council, is free of charge and offers nine weekend sessions during the months of October and November that will feature well-known experts and testimonials.” For more information and to register click here
  • Western Carolina University November Native American Heritage Month EventThroughout the Month
    Many of the events will be held virtually, with the recognition intended to provide a platform for native peoples to share traditional culture, music, crafts, dance and concepts of life, as well as raise awareness of their history and challenges. The monthlong activities are sponsored by the Cherokee Center, Cherokee Studies Program, Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Programs, Intercultural Affairs Department and Digali’i i Native American Student Organization.
    Throughout November, WCU will host “The Art of Native Photography Exhibit” in the Intercultural Affairs gallery in the A.K. Hinds University Center. Other scheduled activities include Tribal Identity in Public Settings panel discussion, 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 9, on Facebook Live and a Native American Heritage Festival, as a social media event, Tuesday, Nov. 17.

  • Free Indigenous Peoples Week hosted by Catawba Indian Nation and Charlotte Museum of History November 9 – 14
    “The museum’s mission is to save and share Charlotte’s history,” said Adria Focht, president and CEO of The Charlotte Museum History. “The Catawba People have been in this area for thousands of years. So you can’t tell the story of this region – or understand how we got where we are today – without beginning with the Catawba Nation and other indigenous peoples in North Carolina. We are thrilled to offer these history lessons from the people who know it best – the descendants of some of these first residents.”
  • FEMA All Staff November Native American Heritage Month Event 1:00pm – 2:00pm EST November 10
    The theme this year is Resilience: From Contact to COVID-19, encouraging us to reflect on the strength and resilience of Native people throughout history.  FEMA recognizes the immeasurable contributions that American Indians and Alaska Natives have made to our Nation and FEMA. 
  • National Native American Veterans Memorial virtual opening
    Wednesday, November 11
    This Veterans Day, visit our website to see a virtual program honoring the service and sacrifice of Native veterans and their families and marking the completion of the National Native American Veterans Memorial. The program will include tributes to Native veterans and a virtual tour of the memorial
    Video of National Native American Veterans Memorial Opening
  • Tabulating Race/Ethnicity: Implications for American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST November 12
    The American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) population is at significant risk of misidentification in national surveillance instruments.  The implications of how race and ethnicity are tabulated affect (1) the accuracy and precision of health data and (2) public health planning and policy decisions. This study explored the impact of different tabulating strategies for race and ethnicity on the prevalence estimates, and precision of those estimates, for experiences with persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness, suicidality, and violence victimization among AI/AN high school students.
  • Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces 2:00 pm EST November 12
    Join Alexandra Harris, co-author of Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces, for a virtual discussion about identity and the warrior stereotype of Native people serving in the military, as well as actual, and remarkable, traditions of peace and war within American Indian communities.
  • Rock Your Mocs 2020
    Week of November 16
    Established in 2011, Rock Your Mocs, which is a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples movement, is held annually during November which is also National Native American Heritage Month. Participate by wearing moccasins to school, to work or while staying at home! Post a photo on social media using the hastag: #RockYourMocs.
  • Tribal Sovereignty and Home November 16-30
    Online film streaming event showcases Native American topics that have long resonated within Native communities in the United States, such as Native Nation sovereignty, empowerment, history, and healing.
  • Live Stream Panel Discussion on Vision Maker Media with support of WORLD Channel hosted “Tribal Sovereignty and Home,” November 17 8:00 pm ET
  • Fulfilling the Promise of a Treaty: Native Americans Claiming their Rights in the 21st Century 6:00 pm ET November 18
    Join the Institute of Politics and Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation host a conversation between Kimberley Teehee, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and Andrew Lee, a Seneca Indian who serves on the Board of Governors of the Honoring Nations awards, a program of HKS’s Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.
    Teehee is set to become the first delegate of a tribal nation to Congress, a position that would fulfill the terms of a 235-year-old treaty which signals a transformative moment for both Cherokee Nation and Native American people. It is an important initial step to recognizing the unique traditions, culture, and contributions of Native Americans. Teehee and Lee will discuss Native Americans in public service, self-governance, and how allies and unlikely alliances can help connect and amplify core issues facing the Native American communities in the 21st century.
  • Webinar: Teaching Through and Beyond National Native American Heritage Month 5:00 – 6:00 pm ET November 18
    This webinar features a panel conversation with a student, teacher, and administrator from across the nation to discuss how to address teaching through and beyond Native American Heritage Month and the challenges they have encountered in their education roles. Attendees will also receive additional resources and lessons to use in the classroom and at home.
  • Native Cinema Showcase online film festival November 18–27
    Streaming on demand – Watch Native Cinema Showcase, an annual celebration of the best in Native film. For this year’s 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan-favorite classics, and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and the Arctic.
  • COVID-19: experiences from Public Health – Seattle & King County’s current EIS officer 1:00 – 2:00 pm EST November 19
    At a young age Temet developed a love and passion for science; pursuing his interests, he obtained his B.S. in biochemistry, PhD in viral immunology, and found himself in the midst of a pandemic as the EIS officer assigned to the Public Health Department in Seattle & King County. Join us for Temet’s exciting EIS journey which includes EVALI, Polio in West Africa, and lots of COVID-19.
  • A live presentation of the play – Sliver of a Full Moon followed by a panel discussion including Congresswoman Deb Haaland 3:00 pm November 20
    Join the American Bar Association for a special live performance of Sliver of a Full Moon, a portrayal of resistance and celebration. It is the story of a movement that restored the authority of Indian tribes over non-Indian abusers to protect women on tribal lands. Although thousands contributed to this victory, Sliver of a Full Moon follows the story of five Native women who took a stand and two Native men, including Congressman Tom Cole, who stood with them to win this victory. The playwright, Mary Kathryn Nagle has updated the play to continue to reflect current reality. Following the performance, there will be a panel discussion among survivors, legal practitioners, and the playwright that will stimulate a dialogue regarding how the current legal framework, where Native nations have been stripped of their inherent jurisdiction, leaves Native women unprotected and disenfranchised. As a result of these legal inequalities, Native women suffer rates of domestic violence and sexual assault higher than any other class of American citizens. This unique event combines law and art, and will bring together practitioners, participants, artists, and survivors to discuss and envision how the law can be used to remedy this, and other injustices in tribal communities.​
  • Cooking with Traditional Foods: Demonstration and Discussion of the Traditional Relationship Between Land and Food 3:30 pm ET November 20
    The National Indian Health Board is pleased to present this webinar in honor of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month. Join Mariah Gladstone, advocate for the Native Food movement and creator of Indigikitchen, to gain a better understanding of the history of the food and food systems of North America’s native peoples. The presentation will cover the traditional relationship with the land and food, the relocation and reservation period, the importance of cooking with and honoring regional Native foods, and current food sovereignty work happening within the indigenous community. During her program, Mariah will discuss indigenous foods available today and will prepare a dish using some of those ingredients. 
  • National Museum of the American Indian Presents: Native Filmmaker Showcase 1:00 pm ET November 21 – November 26
    The National Museum of the American Indian is hosting an incredible program of family-friendly short films by Native American filmmakers. The films, include stories about a talking horse, superheroes, and a flying hoverboard, and will stream on-demand Participation is free and the livestream will be made public on their website.
  • Indigenous Lessons for the World – Special Event Featuring Oren and Rex Lyons 12:00 pm ET November 23
    Oren Lyons is a Faithkeeper of the Turtle Clan and serves as a Member Chief of the Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee Peoples. Oren is Professor Emeritus at SUNY Buffalo and has a Doctor of Law Degree from Syracuse University. Chief Lyons is an All-American Lacrosse Hall of Famer and Honorary Chairman of the Iroquois Nationals Lacrosse Team. 
  • Virtual Medicine Run/Walk November 26-29
    In honor of Native American Heritage Month in November and Native American Heritage Day (11/28), the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center invites you to join our Virtual Medicine Run/Walk for Safety and Sovereignty for Our Sisters. Together, we will unite across Turtle Island as medicine for our sisters and 2SLGBTQ relatives who are disproportionately affected by violence. Run for safety. Run for sovereignty. Run as medicine for Indigenous people.
    Participants will have four days (11/26-11/29) to complete their 1k, 5k or whatever distance they choose over the holiday weekend.