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Every November, the University of Maryland community celebrates Native American Indian Heritage Month by reflecting on the experiences and acknowledging the contributions of Native/Indigenous tribes and peoples of North and South America. Programs are sponsored primarily by the American Indian Student Union with the support of various campus offices and departments.
Thursday, November 1, 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
We honor the unknown soldiers who gave their lives to protect the freedoms we enjoy with the ceremonial wreath-laying. We commemorate all unknown soldiers--including unknown Native Americans--as we begin Native American Heritage Month.
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.Hornbake Library Lobby
Co-Sponsors: MICA, OMSE & AISU
SPEAKERS: Ms. Sharon Jackson, Historian and Native American Indian Crafts Maker; and Mr. Keith Colston, Executive Director, Maryland Commission on Indian Affairs
Image to the right displays guest speaker of the night spread words of wisdom to students, faculty, and staff about his experience as a Native American Indian.
Monday, November 5th, 5:00pm-7:00pm0123 Hornbake Library (Classroom Side)
“Integrating one’s past, present, and future into a cohesive, unified sense of self is a complex task that begins in adolescence and continues for a lifetime. ... The salience of particular aspects of our identity varies at different moments in our lives. The process of integrating the component parts of our self-definition is indeed a lifelong journey.” - Beverly Tatum
We will host an open dialogue to discuss this theme of identity development, the potential limitations to that development, and how to address those limits. The night will start with a panel of experts who will explore the nuances of identification and help foster further dialogue throughout the community.
Co-Sponsors: OMSE & AISU
PANELISTS: Ms. Sharon Jackson (Cherokee, Creek and Blackfoot Nation) Native American Indian Crafts Maker; Mr. Fred Nordhorn (Abenaki Nation) Commissioner - Prince George’s County, Maryland Commission on Veteran Affairs; Ms. Penny Gamble-Williams (Chappaquiddick/Wampanoag Nation) Tribal leader, visual artist, jewelry maker and writer. Her Talkingfeather Show has a national audience on XM Satellite Radio’s talk channel 169, “The Power for Two Years”; Mr. Keith Colston (Lumbee
Wednesday, November 14, 12:00pm-2:00pm, 0105Hornbake Library (Classroom Side)Bring your own lunch, but beverages and desserts will be offered
A team of UMD undergraduate students traveled to the Catawba Indian Nation in Rock Hill, South Carolina, this summer. They spent 5 days learning about the Native culture and enjoying the opportunity to inspire future generations to continue their education. Students will report about their service learning and cultural experiences.
Co-Sponsor: OMSE & Alternative Break Program
Monday, November 19, 10:00 am-2:00 pmOutside of The Adele H. Stamp Student UnionFREE HOT CHOCOLATE!
Where did we get this amazing treat? CHOCOLATE was a gift from NATIVE AMERICAN INDIANS! What you are drinking is chocolate in its original form, consumed by Mayans, Aztecs, and Central American tribes as far back as 600 A.D. The origin of the word itself is said to have been a Mayan derivative that meant "bitter water" or an Aztec word for the drink, "xocoatl." The COCOA BEAN was given high esteem, used in some cases as monetary units, used as medicine, or even linked to beliefs of creation. Remember where it came from as you enjoy!
Thursday, November 29, 3:00pm-5:00pmMargaret Brent Room B (2112), The Adele H. Stamp Student UnionSupplies FREE
Saturday, December 8, 10:00am-6:00pm (Grand Entry at 11:00am)Samuel Riggs IV Alumni CenterFree parking in Lot 1
For more information about Native American Indian Student Involvement, contact Chad Parslow, Graduate Coordinator for Multicultural Student Outreach and Advocacy.