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American Indian and Indigenous Heritage Month

October 15 - November 15, 2019

American Indian and Indigenous Heritage Month

American Indian and Indigenous Heritage Month was designated by Congress in 1990 and celebrates the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants and stewards of what is now the United States.

Featured Events

Tues, Oct. 22

Two Spirits (2009)

  • This film examines the 2001 murder of Fred Martinez, a two spirit Navajo teenager.
  • 6 - 7 p.m.
  • Brush A-Squires

Fri, Oct. 25

Community Lunch

  • Join the AIICC for a lunch mixer with our Native and Indigenous campus organizations.
  • 12 - 2 p.m.
  • Squires 122

Thur, Oct. 31

Warriors in Uniform

  • A public lecture by Dr. Herman Viola on the history of Native American military service.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
  • Burruss Auditorium

Tues, Nov. 5

Land Acknowledgement Discussion: What Is That? Why Do We Say It?

  • Assessment and Professional Development and the Cultural and Community Centers are partnering to host a discussion focused on the Virginia Tech Land Acknowledgement. We will discuss what it is, why we use it, and the land acknowledgement as a call for action. If you've ever been curious about the land acknowledgement, now's the time to learn! Register here!
  • 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Squires, Brush Mountain A

Tues, Nov. 7

Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Native Student Experience

  • Join the AIICC and the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine for an informal lunch and learn discussing Native student experience in higher education and the efforts to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day on campus. Please register for lunch.
  • 12 - 1 p.m.
  • Room 100, VMCVM Campus, 205 Duck Pond Dr, Blacksburg, VA

Tue, Nov. 12

Movie Night

  • Join the AIICC for Finding Nemo (2003) dubbed over in the Diné (Navajo) language.
  • 5:30 - 7 p.m.
  • Squires 122

Fri, Nov. 15

In the Kitchen Join us for a food demonstration and tasting with Andi Murphy of Toasted Sister Podcast.

  • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • O'Shaughnessy

Fri, Nov. 15

Toasted Sister: A Talk on the Indigenous Food Movement with Andi Murphy of Toasted Sister Podcast.

  • 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
  • Brush A-Squires

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