Events & Programs

Native American Awareness Month

Updated October 2009

Throughout the month of November

Native American Book Displays

  • Colorado State University Book Store, Lory Student Center
  • Morgan Library, Colorado State University Campus
  • Fort Collins Public Library, 201 Peterson Street

Download the 2009 poster (PDF)

Monday, November 2

Native American Storytelling
Computer Science 130, Colorado State University

Sunny Dooley, a Native Dine' Navajo Storyteller will visit the CSU campus to share stories from the Saltwater People Clan. Dooley translated the stories of her people from their original language of Dine' into English. The event is sponsored by the Native American Women's Circle, American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

Wednesday, November 4

Pow-wow 101
Clark A 104, Colorado State University

Randy Medicine Bear will present on the basics of what a Pow-wow is all about. The presentation will range from the different styles of dancing, singing, to the traditional aspect of Pow-wow. Pow-wow is a wonderful way to remember and celebrate heritage, culture and traditions among Native Americans. The presentation is sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

Friday, November 6

Northern Cree Drum Group Performance and Fry Bread Sale
11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.
Lory Student Center Plaza, Colorado State University

To celebrate Native American Awareness Month, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society brings this Grammy nominated drum group for an afternoon performance on campus. During the event fry bread will be sold. Sponsored by the American Indian Science & Engineering Society and the Associated Students of Colorado State University.

Friday, November 6

Fort Collins Museum Native American Awareness Month Community Kickoff
5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m
Fort Collins Museum, 200 Mathews Street

The Native American Cultural Center partners with the Fort Collins Museum to kickoff Native American Awareness Month in the Fort Collins community. Mayor Doug Hutchinson will make an official proclamation at the event, naming November Native American Awareness Month. Northern Cree, a Native drum group from Canada, will also perform.

Saturday, November 7

Colorado State University 27th Annual Pow-wow
Pow-wow 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Gourd Dancing 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Pow-wow Feed 5:00 p.m.
Lory Student Center Main Ballroom, Colorado State University

In an effort to increase awareness of Native cultures at Colorado State University the Native American Cultural Center, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, the Associated Students of Colorado State University and Colorado State University will sponsor the 27th Annual CSU Pow-wow. Community members and students alike are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event, which will feature Native dancers, drum groups, food, social events and more.

Tuesday, November 10

What Trust Responsibility . . . Sexual Violence Against Native Women and Children
5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Grey Rock Room Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

Roe Bubar, a CSU Ethnic Studies professor, and Ron Hall Director of the Tribal Technical Assistance Program will speak about the sexual violence that occurs against Native women and children, and the role the United States Supreme Court and Congress play in the issue. Native women have the highest rates of sexual violence of any other group. They are stalked, battered and victimized at much greater rates than other women in the U.S. Currently, the federal government has jurisdiction over violent crimes in most tribal communities, but entrusts responsibility to tribes. This session will explore the role of the state in this critical yet invisible epidemic.

Wednesday, November 11

Influences of Indigenous American Peoples on Modern Day
3:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Hammond Auditorium,
Engineering Building Room120, Colorado State University

Timothy Penttila, a CSU Mathematics professor, will touch on everything from crops to Astronomy, bringing it all together to show the impact Native people have had on modern culture. He will focus on the three ancient civilizations of the Aztecs, Mayans and Incas, who left written records of their scientific and mathematical findings. Penttila will also speak about great mathematical advancements that first occurred in the Americas. The presentation is sponsored by Accion and the CSU Mathematics department.

Monday, November 16

Native Women and HIV
12:00-1:30 p.m.
Room 214-216
Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

This presentation will look at the struggle Native Women have with HIV. Inaccuracy of data for Native Americans will also be discussed. Sponsored by BESAFE & Advancing HIV/AIDS Prevention in Native Communities Commitment to Action for 7th Generation Awareness & Education.

Tuesday, November 17

"Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War" Documentary Film
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
Room 213-215, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

Greg Smoak, a CSU History Professor will set the stage for the documentary, Indian Warriors: The Untold Story of the Civil War. Smoak will discuss the time period, Native involvement in the war and be on hand to answers questions. More than twenty thousand Native Americans fought in the Civil War. The film features historical accounts of Native soldiers participating in the Civil War and interviews with descendents of Indian Civil War soldiers.

Wednesday, November 18

"Hawaii's Last Queen" Documentary Film
12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m.
APACC Office, Room 212, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

The Native American Cultural Center, in partnership with the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center, will screen the documentary Hawaii's Last Queen-The Embattled Reign of Queen Lili'Uokalani. The film chronicles Queen Lili'Uokalani rule starting in 1891. She worked to frame a constitution to restore power to Native Hawaiians however, the United States government revoked Hawaii's favored position in the sugar market causing an economic collapse. Two years later the United States would remove Lili'Uokalani's from her throne in an armed takeover, stripping Native Hawaiians of their land. Sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center.

Thursday, November 19

Duhesa Lounge Exhibition Opening Ceremony
4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Duhesa Lounge, Lory Student Center, Colorado State University

In collaboration with the University of Alaska Anchorage, select Alaskan Native artwork will be unveiled in the Duhesa Lounge and on display for the next six months. The official exhibition opening will include a performance by the Ram Nation drum group.

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