Native American Heritage Month!
(Block quote from Native American Heritage Month at https://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/)
“What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.
One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the ‘First Americans’ and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.
The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.
The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.
In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 ‘National American Indian Heritage Month.’ Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including ‘Native American Heritage Month’ and ‘National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month’) have been issued each year since 1994.”
Native American Heritage Month Events (2021)!
University of Wisconsin-Madison Events
- CHE Environmental Colloquium – Jen Rose Smith, “Icy Matters: Race, Indigeneity, and Coloniality in Ice-Geographies”; Wednesday, November 3, 12:00-1:00pm; Online-Zoom; Register
- Indigenous Activism: Past and Present, DDEEA Breakout Session; Wednesday, November 3, 1:00-2:15pm; Online-Zoom
- Wunk Sheek Community Dinner; Wednesday, November 3, 6:00pm; American Indian Student & Cultural Center (AISCC); 215-217 North Brooks St
- Wunk Sheek November crafternoons; Thursday, November 4, 1:00-4:00pm; American Indian Student & Cultural Center (AISCC); 215-217 North Brooks St
- Fall 2021 Art Faculty Colloquium ; Professor Tom Jones; Thursday, November 4, 5:00-6:15pm; Online-Zoom; More information
- 2021 Wisconsin Law Review Symposium: The Restatement of the Law of American Indians; Friday, November 5, 8:00am-5:00pm; More information
- Ho-Chunk Nation Flag-Raising on Bascom Hill: Honor, Respect, and Sacrifice; Friday, November 5, 10:00-10:45am and 4:00-4:45pm; Bascom Hill; More information
- American Indian Studies Fall Colloquium, “Truth and Reclamation: Understanding the Indian Boarding School Archive through the Native Literary Record”; Friday, November 12, 12:00-1:00pm; Online-Zoom: https://uwmadison.zoom.us/j/91016140110
- Wunk Sheek November crafternoons; Thursday, November 18, 1:00-4:00pm; American Indian Student & Cultural Center (AISCC); 215-217 North Brooks St
- 7th Annual Native Nations Nursing Summit, “Choices of Today for the Next Seven Generations”; Friday, November 19, 8:30am-12:30pm; Online-Zoom; More information
- More than a Word Movie Screening and Conversation with Director; Friday, November 19, 12:00-2:00pm; Online-Zoom
- Quill Workshop with Wunk Sheek and Kara Besaw, Indigenous craft workshop—please attend both Friday and Saturday; Friday and Saturday, November 19-20, 1:00-5:00pm; 215-217 North Brooks St