Native American Heritage Month

Re-Imagining Indigenous Peoples' Day // Panel & Performance

Monday, October 8, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m.
2204 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

LIB 100/201 APPROVED!  

Hear about the limits and impact of the shift from Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples' Day including a push for decolonization and global Indigenous movement building. Performance by Twindians.

Native American Student Association Day of Service

Saturday, October 20
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Off Campus Service Project
Meet in 2266 Kirkhof Center


LIB 100/201 approved.

NASA invites you to help clean-up burial mounds near Millennium Park. Transportation provided. RSVP is required.

Sacramento Knoxx // Performance & Discussion

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cook DeWitt Center

LIB 100/201 APPROVED!  

Originally from Southwest Detroit, Sacramento Knoxx is a hip-hop artist who blends Mexican and indigenous music into his artistry. His work and activism is focused on drawing attention to both the historic and contemporary experiences of Native American and Chicanx populations. Knoxx will give a 45-minute performance, followed by a discussion that highlights how creative expression can challenge us to confront social ills and think critically about our own identities.

Sacramento Knoxx

Teaching Thanksgiving: a discussion on reframing representations of American Indians

Monday, November 12, 2018
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
2250 Kirkhof Center

LIB 100/201 Approved!

Where many people in the United States celebrate Thanksgiving and may perceive it as a harmless and apolitical holiday, it remains to be a complicated holiday and a painful reminder of colonial violence and indigenous erasure for American Indian communities. This panel will explore how the myths and lies of Thanksgiving are taught and reinforced in the school systems. Invited panelists will discuss how they educate about Thanksgiving and have a focused discussion on creating culturally-appropriate curriculum reflective of the contemporary experiences of American Indians. The audience will leave this lively discussion with an understanding of how the Thanksgiving myth does harm and receive resources, strategies, and best practices on how to intervene on inaccurate representations about American Indians in the school systems and our communities. 

Panel will include:
Andrea Riley Mukavetz, Liberal Studies Department, Chippewa of Thames First Nations
Steve Perry, artist, educator, and philanthropist, LTBB and Garden River Ojibwe
Hunter Genia, Resilience Counseling and Consultation, Gun Lake
Levi Rickert, Native News Online, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
Jannan Cotto, Director of Niigaandiwin Education Department for LTBB, LTBB
Amanda Weinert, Curriculum Specialist for Niigaandiwin Education Department for LTBB, LTBB

Professionals of Color Lecture Series: Transgender Day of Remembrance with Qwo-Li Driskill

Monday, November 19, 2018
lecture from 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm & workshop from 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
2204 Kirkhof Center


Cherokee poet, scholar, and activist Qwo-Li Driskill was raised in rural Colorado. Driskill earned a BA from the University of Northern Colorado, an MA from Antioch University Seattle, and a PhD from Michigan State University.
Driskill’s poetry engages themes of inheritance and healing, and is rooted in personal Cherokee Two-Spirit, queer, and mixed-race experience. Walking with Ghosts (2005), Driskill’s first poetry collection, was named Book of the Month by Sable: The LitMag for New Writing and was nominated for the Griffin Poetry Prize.
Driskill co-edited, with Colin Kennedy Donovan, Scars Tell Stories: A Queer and Trans (Dis)ability Zine (2007), and has work featured in several anthologies, including Beyond Masculinity: Essays by Queer Men on Gender and Politics (2008, edited by Trevor Hoppe) and Speak to Me Words: Essays on Contemporary American Indian Poetry (2003, edited by Janice Gould and Dean Rader). The poet is the founder of Dragonfly Rising Press.
Driskill has taught at Antioch University Seattle and Texas A&M University.

Qwo-Li Driskill

Sponsored by:

Native American Student Association, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Latino Student Union, Anthropology Department, Liberal Studies Department, and Cultural Programming Council

Previous Celebrations

Native American Heritage Celebration Contact

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University
Phone: (616) 331-2177

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