Native American Heritage Month 2020

Native American Heritage Month is held during November, and is nationally-recognized as a month to celebrate Native Americans; past, present, and future. NACC provides awareness to the campus through movies, lectures, and other activities during this time.

Native American Heritage Month Events – Fall 2020
Native American Cultural Center, Colorado State University

** All programs will be virtual this year

Tuesday October 27th
Getting out the Vote: Native Women’s Perspectives on Building
Civic Engagement
1:30 pm – 3:00pm MST

Registration for Zoom event:

Join this panel of Native American women for a discussion about voting rights and voter suppression from the viewpoint of the Native American community. This group of incredible women will share their experiences as indigenous leaders and provide resources to help address barriers to voting in 2020 and beyond. Collaboration with Cache la Poudre River National Heritage and IllumiNatives

Facebook Event:

Thursday November 5th

NACC Bingo Night hosted by Women’s Circle and the Peer Mentors

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 986 3419 1705

Join the students from the Native Women’s Circle and the North Star Peer Mentors for a fun night of Bingo, music, and community building! Feel free to drop in during any time. Women’s Circle and Peer Mentoring are programs designed to enhance community building, outreach, and mentorship for Native American and Indigenous students at CSU. All are welcome!

Saturday November 7th – Sunday November 8th

Bison Days: 5th Anniversary of Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd

Saturday, 11/7 – 12-1:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremony (virtual via Facebook)

Sunday, 11/8 10:00 AM-12:00 p.m. – Open House at Soapstone Natural Area; 6:00-7:30 PM – Educational Panel Discussions (virtual via Zoom)

On Nov. 1, 2015, a small group of American Bison was re-introduced to the landscape of Colorado in about 1,000 fenced acres of shortgrass prairie at Soapstone Prairie Natural Area. Today, the Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd has grown to over 100, and we are celebrating the success of the herd and conservation efforts made by the many people involved. Join us for a day of events to celebrate National Bison Day, learn more about the herd, and hear from all the different communities involved in the protection of the bison.

Full schedule of events for the weekend:

Tuesday November 10th

Native American/Indigenous Studies Scholars: A colloquium Featuring CSU Faculty Scholars

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. MST

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 974 1384 8433

This session will highlight Native and Indigenous scholars and faculty on campus who are doing scholarly work and research with Native American and Indigenous communities. Two research topics will be featured in this session, with a Q&A to follow the presentations. Featuring:

#LandBack Means All of Us: Restoring Indigenous Land RelationshipsDr. Lindsey Schneider (Turtle Mountain Chippewa)

Supporting Indigenous Data Stewards: Indigenous Governance and Ethics in Science Research – Dr. Dominique David-Chavez (Arawak Taíno), Brianne Lauro (Visayan & Ilocano), & Serena Natonabah (Diné)

Indigenous Water and Land Justice – Autumn Bernhardt (mixed race Lakota), J.D.

Thursday November 12th

Native Wellness Hour hosted by Stephanie DeRosby

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. MST

Zoom Link:

We are excited to partner with the CSU Counseling Center to provide a new virtual program for students, hosted by our liaison Stephanie DeRosby, LPC, LAC. This has been a re-occurring event this fall, and this special session on 11/12 will focus on Mindful Art. It’s free, and registration is not required!


Thursday November 12th

Keynote Speaker: Megan Red Shirt-Shaw

5:30 – 7:00 p.m. MST

Zoom Link:

Meeting ID: 928 8849 8392

Megan Red Shirt-Shaw (Oglala Lakota) is an activist, writer, and college admissions professional. She is currently the Associate Director for Enrollment Management at The 7th Gen Summer Program and the Wizipan Program, and the founder of Natives In America​, an online literary publication for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian youth. Passionate about Indigenous rights issues, college admissions, and greater Native presence in media​ and higher education​, Megan believes in empowering young people to use their voices for the issues they care about in their communities. (Co-Sponsored with RamEvents).

The Native American Cultural Center would like to thank and acknowledge the following for their participation: Chris Eagle Iron; Roe Bubar and Ron Hall; CSU AISES Chapter; CSU Native Women’s Circle; RamEvents; Campus Activities; LSC Arts Program; Laramie Foothills Bison Conservation Herd; College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences; Warner College of Natural Resources; Cache la Poudre River National Heritage Area; National Park Foundation; Division of Student Affairs; Department  of Ethnic Studies; the Lory Student Center; and the Iron Family.