Native American Heritage Month
In 1990, President George H.W. Bush declared November to be National American Indian Heritage Month. Since then, this commemorative month formally recognizes the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of this country. It not only allows Native people to share their culture and traditions, but also encourages educational programs on Native American history, rights, and issues.
At Syracuse University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and other student organizations have lined up several speakers, performances, and film screenings in November as part of Native Heritage Month.
“Native Heritage Month presents events and programs not only to celebrate the culture and many contributions of indigenous peoples, but also to generate important dialogue about indigenous peoples’ history and current issues affecting indigenous communities and our world,” says James Duah-Agyeman, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. “We invite, and encourage, all members of the campus community to participate and engage with these many opportunities.”
Upcoming events for Native Heritage Month include a New York State Education Department Native American Education Conference and a Sacred Lands Film Project Screening and Discussion with Toby McLeod, both on November 29. For the full schedule of events, access the Native Heritage Month calendar online.
Syracuse University Press also proudly publishes numerous books in Native American studies. We’ve compiled a list of just some of the contributions to the field.
- Who Are These People Anyway? By Chief Irving Powless Jr. of Onondaga Nation
- Seven Generations of Iroquois Leadership by Lauren M. Hauptman
- The Reservation (40th Anniversary Edition) by Ted Williams
- A Half-Life of Cardio-Pulmonary Function: Poems and Paintings by Eric Gansworth
- An Oneida Indian in Foreign Waters: The Life of Chief Chapman Scanandoah, 1870-1953 by Laurence M. Hauptman
- The Thomas Indian School and the “Irredeemable” Children of New York by Keith R. Burich
- The Rotinonshonni: A Traditional Iroquoian History Through the Eyes of Teharonhia:wako and Sawiskera by Brian Rice
- Corey Village and the Cayuga World: Implications from Archaeology and Beyond edited by Jack Rossen
- Laura Cornelius Kellogg: Our Democracy and the American Indian and Other Works edited by Kristina Ackley and Cristina Stanciu
- Reading the Wampum: Essays on Hodinöhsö:ni’ Visual Code and Epistemological Recovery by Penelope Myrtle Kelsey
- Planning the American Indian Reservation by Nicholas Christos Zaferatos
For more Syracuse University Press books on Native American studies, click here.