Center for Diversity & Inclusion


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Mailing Address

American Indian Heritage Month

AIHM 2012

Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Between November 1 and November 30, AU joins together to honor and celebrate American Indian Heritage Month. This month is aimed at providing a platform for native communities to share their culture, heritage, history, and more through different mediums and perspectives. Additionally, this month recognizes the rich contributions of the American Indian culture in the United States.

If you are an office, department, or organization at AU and would like your event to be added to the below list of events for American Indian Heritage Month, please submit your event.

2013 List of Events

American Indian Heritage Month Planning Meeting
October 14 | 5:30pm | MGC 203/205 | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion

Want to get involved? Join us as we plan American Indian Heritage Month! Check out the Facebook event!

Reel Injun Film Screening
November 6 | 7pm | The Perch | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion and RHA

Reel Injun explores many stereotypes about Natives in film, from the Noble savage to the Drunken Indian. The Film also explores Hollywood's practice of using Italian Americans and American Jews to portray Indians in the movies and reveals how some Native American actors made jokes in their native tongue on screen when the director thought they were simply speaking gibberish.

Two Spirits Film Screening
November 13 | 7pm | The Perch | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Queers & Allies, and Students Advocating for Native Communities

Fred Martinez was nadleehi, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature, a special gift according to his ancient Navajo culture. But the place where two discriminations meet is a dangerous place to live, and Fred became one of the youngest hate-crime victims in modern history when he was brutally murdered at sixteen. Between tradition and controversy, sex and spirit, and freedom and fear, lives the truth--the bravest choice you can make is to be yourself.

In the Light of Reverence Film Screening
November 18 | 8pm | Ward 2 | Sponsored by the Interfaith Council and Student Advocates for Native Communities

Join the American University Interfaith Council, Student Advocates for Native Communities, and the United Methodist Chaplaincy for a screening of In the Light of Reverence in honor of American Indian Heritage Month. The film is a documentary about the struggle of some of the US's indigenous communities to protect their sacred places. Snacks will be provided, and there will be discussion afterward.

Young Lakota Film Screening
November 20 | 6:30pm | Weschler Theater | Sponsored by the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, School of Professional and Extended Studies, Washington Internship for Native Students, Student Advocates for Native Communities, Women's Initiative, React to Film, and AU Student's for Choice

Coming home to the Pine Ridge Reservation, Sunny Clifford, her twin sister Serena, and their neighbor, Brandon Ferguson, dream of changing the harsh world around them. When South Dakota passes a law criminalizing abortion, they are drawn into a political storm that tests their principles, and forces each of them to make choices that will define who they are, and what kind of adults they will become.