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.
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)
Learn more about USET, Native American history, and Native American Heritage Month.
- 50th Anniversary Educational White Book
Discover 50 Years of USET
- Impact Week 2019 USET EOC Panel Discussion
During March of 2019 at the annual USET SPF Impact Week meeting in Washington, DC, the USET and USET SPF Executive Officers discussed current issues impacting Indian Country and the 50th anniversary of USET
- The Wampanoag Side of the First Thanksgiving Story
- Oneida Indian Nation to Launch Innovative Video Series Recognizing Native American Heritage Month
- Sen. Tom Udall on Native American Heritage Month: A Call to Better Respect Tribal Sovereignty
- The Capitol Through Her Eyes
Congresswoman Deb Haaland Video
- Congressman Cole speaks on Tribal Sovereignty
- Americana Indian — thinking twice about images that matter
Nancy Marie Mithlo at EDxABQWomen
- The Warrior Tradition
Films on PBS
- For many Native Americans, Thanksgiving is a day of mourning
- Thanksgiving ‘National Day Of Mourning’ For Some
- America’s Native Prisoners of War
Aaron Huey TED Talk
- We Are Still Here
In defiance of stereotypes and the history of injustice, these portraits create a new record of Native America
- Video Featuring USET SPF Secretary/Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut Chief Many Hearts Lynn Malerba
Discussion on Broken Promises Report
- Reclaiming Native Truth – IllumiNative
- Change the Narrative
- Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
- Seneca Nation Native Pride November is Native American Heritage Month
- Native American Heritage Month Information
- Native Knowledge 360° Educational Initiative
- Explore Native American culture with the following lessons, activities, and resources
- Doctrine of Discovery
- Activist Chase Iron Eyes to Pope Francis: Revoke the Doctrine of Discovery
- Deconstructing the Doctrine of Discovery
- Broken Treaties With Native American Tribes: Timeline
The treaties were based on the fundamental idea that each tribe was an independent nation, with their own right to self-determination and self-rule. But as white settlers began moving onto Native American lands, this idea came into conflict with the relentless pace of westward expansion—resulting in many broken promises on the part of the U.S. government.
- Native American Heritage Month
The DC Public Library proudly celebrates Native American Heritage Month this November by sharing events and resources to read, watch, listen to and learn from that honor and pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans
- Institute of American Indian Arts
November is designated as Native American Heritage Month, and in honor of the many diverse, distinct, and dynamic Indigenous communities, the Native American Heritage Committee at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) has organized several virtual events in celebration of our ancestries for now and future generations.
- Virtual Resources for Schools, Teachers, Parents and Students
- Land Acknowledgment: How to Teach Our Kids About Native Americans
The first step in honoring and respecting other cultures is to understand the difference between cultural appreciation and cultural appropriation. It matters because crossing that fine line can perpetuate stereotypes and divide communities.
See below for events during Native American Heritage Month.
- Indigenous History Virtual Conference – 9 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 Event – Throughout 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.”
- SAMHSA Mental Health Technology Transfer Center Network – Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month 2020 Events
Special Performance by Indigenous Enterprise November 6
Native American and Alaska Native Time Travel: A Look through our Native History and Resiliency of Our People 1:00 – 2:30 pm ET November 12
Life in a Longhouse Village 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET November 23
Celebrating the Next Generation: A Panel of Young Native Leaders 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET November 30
- 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.
- NIHB National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month Marketplace – Now Open! November 18 – 30
Start your holiday shopping while supporting artists from across Indian Country
- 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.
- A Wampanoag Perspective on Thanksgiving
- NMAI Native Knowledge360° – Rethinking Thanksgiving Celebrations: Native Perspectives on Thanksgiving
- This Land Is Their Land: The Wampanoag Indians, Plymouth Colony, and the Troubled History of Thanksgiving by: David J. Silverman
- Decolonizing Thanksgiving: A Toolkit for Combatting Racism in Schools
- The Thanksgiving Tale We Tell Is a Harmful Lie. As a Native American, I’ve Found a Better Way to Celebrate the Holiday – Article by Sean Sherman founder and CEO of The Sioux Chef and author of The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen
- Five Ideas to Change Teaching about Thanksgiving, in Classrooms and at Home – Smithsonian Voices
- How to Tell the Thanksgiving Story to Kids – Article by Alexia Dellner
- Talking to Kids About Thanksgiving: Center Truth, Connection and Being Grateful – PBS Article
- The Thanksgiving Myth Gets a Deeper Look This Year – NYTimes Article
- What you learned about the ‘first Thanksgiving’ isn’t true. Here’s the real story – NewportRI.com Article
- Not all Native Americans celebrate Thanksgiving. Find out why. – TauntonGazette Article