St. Thomas Celebrates National Native American Heritage Month

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During November 2017, the University of St. Thomas will celebrate National Native American Heritage Month with a variety of activities that incorporate art, history, culture, as well as other indigenous groups. National American Indian Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers and settlers of the United States. A special menu at T’s will be featured November 13-17 and featured works will be on display in the OSF Library for the month of November 2017.

Our Movies that Matter event will be on Tuesday, November 7th, at 5:30 pm in ASC Hearth Room.  Join us as we watch, “More Than A Word”. This film analyzes the Washington football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, this film presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the Washington team name. The documentary also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation.

On November 8th, from 6-7pm, Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli from the local Minnesota non-profit organization, Indigenous Roots. This is a Mexica Nahua dance group that will showcase dance, song, and education on the indigenous people of Mexico and El Salvador. Please join us for what promises to be an awesome performance!

Come out to see Native American Hip-hop Artist Tall Paul on November 15th at 6pm in ASC Scooters.  This event is funded by the Diversity Activities Board. Tall Paul is an Anishinaabe and Oneida hip-hop artist enrolled on the Leech Lake reservation in Minnesota. Born and raised in Minneapolis, his music strongly reflects his inner-city upbringing. From personal expressions of self, to thought-provoking commentary on issues affecting indigenous and diverse communities as a whole, Tall Paul’s music evokes a wide variety of substance and soul.

We continue with our And Still We Rise series in partnership with the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW). This month it is led by St. Thomas Native American students Winonah Owen-Reese and Savannah Thibert, Monday, November 27th, at 5:30pm in the LDCW (OEC, Room 103).  Titled “Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW)”, this workshop will speak about the silence of the MMIW that is affecting the First Nation, Inuit, and Metis communities in Canada, as well as the Native American tribal people. Please join us in this discussion.

We hope you can join us for these fantastic events!