Native American Heritage Month

For a complete listing of the 2017 Native American Heritage Celebration events, please click here.

We the 7th Documentary Screening and Panel Discussion - LIB 100 / 201 APPROVED!

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Mary Idema Pew Library » Multipurpose Room, Allendale Campus

Rising from Generations of oppression, the Anishinaabek of today are fulfilling prophecies of the past and fighting to protect their future. WGVU's Mutually Inclusive, in partnership with GVSU's Native American Advisory Board and the Kutsche Office of Local History, presents a story of West Michigan's urban Native community and a journey to stand at the greatest Native gathering since Wounded Knee. 

Panelists:  Mariano Avila, Director of We the 7th
       Belinda Bardwell, GVSU NAAB
       Seth Sutton, Montcalm Community College

"We The 7th" Movie and Panel Event

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day: Q&A Panel and hoop dance performance

Monday, October 9, 2017
6:00 pm - 9:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Allendale Campus

LIB 100/201 Approved!

A Native American hoop dance will be performed followed by a student-led panel. Students are encouraged to interact with panelists through discussion. The program will also include a Native drum circle and cultural teachings. 


Native American Student Association Day of Service

Saturday, October 21, 2017
9:00 am - 3:00 pm 
Off Campus Service Project
Meet in OMA, 1240 Kirkhof Center

The Native American Student Association (NASA) is proud to partner with the Community Service Learning Center for the annual Make a Difference Day.  

Join NASA in our clean up efforts at the Norton Mound National Historic Landmark. The 55-acre Norton Mound National Historic Landmark is one of a few surviving Hopewellian burial mound groups that were once present in the lower Grand River Valley. It is the only one where the mounds still exist. NASA is working with the Grand Rapids Public Museum and local Native community members to ensure proper respect and honor is given during the project.

Space is limited; Pre-Registration is Required.
Registration is available here.

Gi-gikinomaage-min: Defend Our History, Unlock Your Spirit

Empower Yourself, Empower Your Communities: Gary Davis

Wednesday, November 8, 2017
5:00 pm - 6:00 p.m.
Grand River Room, Allendale Campus

LIB 100/201 Approved!

Gary “Litefoot” Davis, a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma and a successful entrepreneur, will discuss how to empower yourself and your community. His inspirational messages are rooted in traditional values which he proudly proclaims have helped him achieve many accomplishments in his own life.

Gary Davis

Standing Rock: The Largest Gathering of American Indians in 100 Years Explored Levi Rickert

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
4:00 pm - 5:00 p.m.
2266 Kirkhof Center, Allendale Campus

LIB 100/201 Approved!

Levi Rickert (Potawatomi) founder of Native News Online, will share insights into why Standing Rock became the largest gathering of American Indians in over 100 years and its lasting effects on a new generation of American Indians.

Standing Rock

Native Heritage Celebration Contact

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

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