Native American Heritage Month


Discover fascinating stories and facts about the indigenous peoples of Arizona and beyond as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month! Join local events throughout November.  

Chandler-Gilbert Community College 

Indigenous Voices in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM): A Native American Heritage Month series

Indigenous Voices in STEAM: Barnaby Lewis
Barnaby V. Lewis is the Tribal Historic Preservation Officer for the Gila River Indian Community. He is knowledgeable in the history of the GRIC including the culture, language, songs, and stories of the O'odham.

Basket Dancers
The Achem A'al Traditional Pima Basket Dancers from Gila River will perform traditional songs and traditional basket dances. We will also be serving free food provided by local food truck, Yellowman Frybread. 
Date: November 9, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
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Indigenous Voices in STEAM: Darryl Reano
Darryl Reano is a geologist and geoscience educator from Acoma Pueblo, New Mexico. He is an assistant professor in the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University.
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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Indigenous Voices in STEAM: Delia Cordero
Delia Cordero is a Civil Engineer with over 17+ years experience, currently working in the Mining Reclamation field, and is licensed as a Professional Engineer (P.E.) in the State of Arizona. She specializes primarily in water resources, mass grading and drainage, and piping and pumping design.
Date: November 22, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. 
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Indigenous Voices in STEAM: Dawn Manuelito
Dawn Manuelito of the Nde’ San Carlos Apache/ Dine’ Navajo Nations, was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in a town called Fort Defiance, AZ. Dawn Manuelito will share the stories of what it was like to be a granddaughter of a Navajo Code Talker. She calls this view, “The view through the eyes of a granddaughter of a Navajo Code Talker.”
Date: November 29, 2022
Time: 4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.
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GateWay Community College 

RESTORING THE BALANCE: Displaying Works of Art Lecture
Join Amanda Denmark, Chief Preparator at Phoenix Art Museum, for an informative presentation on creative art displays and museum and gallery best practices for artists seeking opportunities to display their work.Cahokia Socialtech + Artspace has partnered with Local Matriarch and Gateway Community College to create capacity building workshops and lectures specially crafted for emerging Indigenous artists. RESTORING THE BALANCE is part of the programming for the upcoming Indigenous Peoples' Day Phoenix Fest.

This event is sponsored by GateWay’s U.S. Department of Education Title V Hispanic Serving Institution grant ÉXITO (#P031S190167).
This event is free and open to the public.
Location: Integrated Education Building, Copper Room (IE 1302) 108
Date: November 3, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m.
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Glendale Community College 

Native American Heritage Month Display
Stop by the Student Union Building and/or the Library to check out the Native American Heritage Month Displays. 
Location: Student Union Building 
Date: November 1-30, 2022
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Festive Food Wednesdays: Cafeteria Cultural Celebrations
Join us for Festive Food Wednesdays with the GCC Palms Cafe. Each Wednesday the GCC Cafeteria will be selling traditional Native American Fry bread in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. 
Location: GCC Cafeteria 
Date: November 1-30, 2022
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. 

Native American Rug Weaving
Join us as Gerard Begay discusses Native American Rug Weaving.
Location: SU-104E
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
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Native American Performances featuring Indigenous Enterprise
In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, Glendale Community College presents Indigenous Enterprise. Join us for an afternoon filled with Native American & Canadian Pow-wow dance, music, and culture. Please note this event is in person. 
Location: Student Union Building
Date: November 9, 2022
Time: 12:00 – 12:30 p.m.
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Presenter: Violet Duncan 
Join us for Native American Storytelling with Violet Duncan. 
Location: Virtually on Zoom 
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

Native American Flute & Dance Performance
Join us for an afternoon of Native American Flute and Dance performances featuring the five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and performing artist, Tony Duncan.
Location: Pre-recorded Video: link to come 
Date: November 16, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Film Screening & Discussion featuring Highway of Tears
Join us for a free film screening and discussion featuring the film Highway of Tears.
About the Film:  Highway of Tears is a documentary looking into the missing and murdered women along a 720 kilometer strech of highway in British Columbia. 
Location: SU 104E
Date: November 22, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Film Screening & Discussion featuring Dawnland
Join us for a free film screening and discussion featuring the film Dawnland.
About the Film: For decades, child welfare authorities have been forcibly removing Native American children from their homes to 'save' them from being Indian. In Maine, the first official 'truth and reconciliation commission' in the United States begins an unprecedented investigation. Dawnland goes behind-the-scenes as this historic body deals with difficult truths, questions the meaning of reconciliation, and charts a new course for state and tribal relations.
Location: SU104E
Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Mesa Community College 

Indigenous Nations Month Kick-Off
The American Indian Institute will be having a opening ceremony breakfast for all staff, students, faculty for Native American Heritage Month. We will have breakfast bar with Native American performers.
Location: Patio West of the MU Building Southern/Dobson Campus 
Date: November 1, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
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Native Heritage Month Spirit Week 
Dates: November 7 - 11, 2022 

Monday: Rock Your Moccs 

Tuesday: Turquoise or Native Jewelry 

Wednesday: Wear Your Red Wednesday (MMIWP Awareness) 

Thursday: Traditional Dress 

Friday: Frybread Contest (American Indian Institute; everyone welcome) 

Wisdom with Elders Luncheon 
The student of Inter-Tribal Student Organization (ISO) will be hosting a luncheon event with Native American Elders/Speakers. All are welcome to attend to learn from tribal/cultural knowledge keepers. 
Location: LB-145 
Date: November 10, 2022
Time: 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. 
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Ribbon Skirt Making Workshop
The students of the Inter-Tribal Student Organization & A.I.I. will be hosting a Ribbon Skirt Workshop 11/15, beading workshop on 11/16 for students, staff, faculty and the general public. They will be hosting these workshop to demonstrate Native American cultural knowledge. 
Location: BP-2N
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
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Native American Recognition Games MCC vs. SMCC 
Date: November 22, 2022
Time: 5:30 p.m. Mens Game, 7:30 p.m. Women's Game 

Skoden: Winter Market- Honoring Indigenous Culture 
Hosted by Inter-Tribal Student Organization
Location: Navajo Room 
Date: December 9, 2022
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Paradise Valley Community College

Indigenous Heritage Month Kickoff: Indigenous Enterprise Performance 
Featuring a performance from Indigenous Enterprise and food from Val's Frybread.
Location: KSC Courtyard & Amphitheater
Date: November 2, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch'n'Learn with PVReads2 
Braiding Sweetgrass led by Dr. Kailtin Southerly and Professor Michelle Bielick. 
Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Indigenous Artist Presentation with Terrill Goseyun
Apache history and culture are depicted through the drawings of everyday lives of the Apache people. Images are referenced in detail sharing the lifestyles of a hunter and gatherer society. Read Goseyun’s bio here.
Location: WebEx Link and Password: Hh3tJyHD
Date: November 17, 2022
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Rio Salado College 

Rio Salado: Fostering Belonging through Storytelling
Join us for a collaborative discussion with APUS (American Public University System).
Date: November 30, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
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Scottsdale Community College 

All Scottsdale Community College Native American Heritage Month events are open to the public and free of charge.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & People Exhibit
The Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and People epidemic pervasively affects Indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Métis, and Native American communities. As a group, Indigenous women have been socially, economically, and politically marginalized; Indigenous women and girls are frequent targets of hatred and violence.

Underlying socioeconomic factors, such as poverty and homelessness, contribute to the victimization, as do historical factors, such as racism, sexism, and the legacy of colonialism. Indigenous women are between 3 and 3.5 times more likely to be victims of violent crime than other women, and the violence they face is often more severe.

In 2016, the number of reports filed of missing American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls reached 5,712. However, the U.S. Department of Justice’s federal missing persons' database logged only 116 cases. Arizona was ranked as the third most dangerous state for Indigenous women and girls.

Learn more about this national epidemic by visiting the SCC Library’s Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Exhibit. To learn more online, visit the Urban Indian Health Institute’s website.

In addition to the MMIWG Exhibit, the Library has a selection of featured books by Native American authors available for checkout.
Location: on display in SCC’s Library 
Date: November 1-30, 2022

11th Annual Rock Your Mocs
Rock Your Mocs is an annual, worldwide Indigenous Peoples, Native American, and Alaska Native grassroots movement. This social media campaign is held to inspire cultural pride for American Indians and Alaska Natives, to showcase individual tribal identity, and to honor ancestors. While the original Rock Your Mocs will always be November 15, this year’s campaign invites you to celebrate all week long.

To participate, snap a picture (or shoot a video) of your moccasins, tag us on social media (@ScottsdaleCC), and include the hashtags #ScottsdaleCC and #RockYourMocs2022. If your culture doesn’t include moccasins, join the party and show your support by wearing a turquoise ribbon or t-shirt instead!
Location: Join SCC on our social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and  Instagram
Date: November 13-19, 2022

COVID in Indian Country
Join Arizona State University (ASU) Professor Dr. Angela Gonzales for a discussion of the effects and impact of COVID-19 in Indian Country. 

The pandemic has disproportionately impacted Native Americans and Tribal communities. Leading up to the crisis, many state and federal policies undercut tribal sovereignty, leaving tribal healthcare systems underfunded and ill-equipped to respond to the spread of COVID-19 in their communities. Gonzales will discuss the immediate and ongoing repercussions of the pandemic as they relate to Indigenous communities.

Before moving to ASU in 2016, Gonzales served on the faculty in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Harvard University and an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. As a community-engaged scholar, her research cuts across the fields of Sociology, Indigenous Studies, and Public Health, with a focus on the social determinants of Indigenous health. Her work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, and by the National Science, Ford, and Russell Sage Foundations. She is the past president of the Hopi Education Endowment Fund and currently serves on the Board of the Colorado Plateau Foundation. Gonzales is an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe from the Village of Shungopavi (Spider Clan).
This presentation is offered in person and online. 
Location: ICC 222 or online 
Date: November 15, 2022
Time: 3:00 p.m.

Current Impacts on Indigenous Communities
Join Interim SAIN Director and faculty Pam Yabeny for a conversation about SAIN and SCC’s American Indian Studies (AIS) Program. Yabeny’s discussion will focus on the latest information impacting Indigenous communities across the U.S., including Alaska and Hawaii.

Yabeny, a doctoral student in the University of Arizona American Indian Studies department, is a member of the Diné Tribe. Yabeny holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Counseling and a Master of Science in American Indian Studies from Arizona State University. Yabeny, originally from Cove, Arizona, has worked with American Indian students within the Maricopa Community College District for nearly a decade.

Bring your own lunch to this “Lunch & Learn with American Indian Studies” event. Attend in person or online. To attend online, visit
BYOL: Bring Your Own Lunch
Location: ICC 216 or online
Date: November 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m.

Red Shawl Day
Red Shawl Day, observed on November 19, highlights Red Shawl Week. During the week, people are encouraged to wear red in honor of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs, people are invited to “. . . wear red to draw attention to the horrible acts of violence committed against American Indian and Alaska Native people, particularly women and children. Red symbolizes the loss of sacred lifeblood through violence.”

To participate online, tag us on social media (@ScottsdaleCC), and include the hashtags #ScottsdaleCC and #RedShawlDay.
Location: Join SCC on our social media platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and  Instagram
Date: November 19, 2022

34th Annual Red Mountain Eagle Pow-wow
Attend the Red Mountain Eagle Pow-wow, hosted by Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC), for a weekend of food, music, dancing, and celebration! Browse Native American arts & crafts vendors, and visit SCC’s recruitment table, featuring information about our American Indian Program, Early College programs (Hoop of Learning and Salt River Jr. ACE), and more.
The Pow-wow, held at Salt River Baseball Field, is open to the public and free of charge. For more information, visit here.
Location: Salt River Baseball Field
Date: November 5-6, 2022

Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony & Presentation
Join SCC’s American Indian Program and Veteran Services Office for “Military Experience,” a presentation by Artichoke alum (2020), SRPMIC member, and U.S. Army veteran Edward Pacer Reina.
During his enlistment from 1988-1992, Reina served as an airborne infantry soldier with the 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Airborne Division. His unit was deployed to the Sinai Peninsula of Egypt with the international peacekeeping group, Multinational Force and Observers, and later to Saudi Arabia for Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm.
Prior to returning to school in 2017, Reina served as the Veterans Coordinator for SRPMIC’s newly created Veterans Affairs Office. Reina graduated from SCC with an associate degree and is pursuing enrollment at the College of Health Solutions at Arizona State University.
The Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony will begin with a prayer led by SCC student and SRPMIC member Sistine Lewis, who won the title of Miss Indian Arizona 2022-2023. Michael Salinas (Quechan) will perform a Native American Gourd Song in recognition of veterans. Light refreshments will be served.
Location: Indigenous Cultural Center (ICC) 222
Date: November 10, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m.

South Mountain Community College  

South Mountain Community Library Presents Oscar Mancinas
Featured Speaker: Oscar Mancinas, Rarámuri-Chicano poet, fiction writer, scholar, and educator. Oscar Mancinas is Rarámuri-Chicano poet, fiction writer, scholar, and educator. He's from the Washington-Escobedo Neighborhood in Mesa, Arizona, and he's currently a PhD candidate in ASU's School of Transborder Studies. His published works include the poetry chapbooks Jaula and Roto: A Mex-Tape, as well as the short fiction collection To Live and Die in El Valle--which won a 2021 Southwest Book Award.
Location: SMCL Community Room
Date: November 8, 2022
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
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Panel: American Indians in Higher Education Leadership Roles
During Native American Heritage month, the American Indian Student Center and the SMCC Diversity Committee are planning to host an American Indian in Higher Education Leadership panel on Friday, November 18th. Our panelists will be focusing on their education, work history, and experience relevant to their leadership role. This event is open to all MCCCD staff, faculty and students. Join us in-person or virtually!

Rowdy Duncan: Communication Residential Faculty at Phoenix College

Dan Lacapa: Director of the Learning Resource Center at South Mountain Community College

Diana Martinez: Student Service Specialist Senior in the Student Life & Leadership at Phoenix College

Winona Thirion: Director of the American Indian Outreach Program at the District Office

Location: SMCC SU100 Conference Center and Virtually
Date: November 18, 2022
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
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South Mountain Community Library Presents Film Screenings of American Indian and Indigenous Films

10:15 a.m. - On a Knife Edge

12:00 p.m. - Once Were Warriors

2:00 p.m. - Smoke Signals

3:45 p.m. - Wind River

5:45 p.m. - Star Wars (Navajo Language Version)

Location: SMCL Community Room
Date: November 22, 2022
Time: 10:00 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.
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