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Indigenous Peoples Day

2nd Monday in October

On Feb. 18, 2019, history was made at Virginia Tech as the University Council approved a resolution to observe Indigenous Peoples Day. The full resolution can be found below and was written by Virginia Tech's Indigenous students.

Indigenous Peoples Day Events

Indigenous Peoples’ Day Panel:  Significance and Process of Eastern Siouan Mapping Project

Working in collaboration with a cartographer, a group of scholars of Eastern Woodland societies created maps of Eastern Siouan-speaking peoples during the 17th century based on primary sources and recent scholarship. Many of the Eastern Siouan-speaking groups were a part of the Monacan confederacy whose capital was Rassawek. Refreshments provided. 

Oct. 10 | 10:00 - 11:00AM

Newman Library Multipurpose Room

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration

Join us at Solitude for musical performances by Charly Lowry, food demonstrations, and special messages from President Tim Sands and Virginia tribal leaders. 

Oct. 10 | 3:00 - 4:30PM

Solitude House - 705 West Campus Drive

In case of inclement weather, the event will be moved to Owen's Ballroom

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Indigenous Peoples’ Day Keynote: Charlie Amaya Scott

Charlie Amaya Scott is is a citizen of the Navajo Nation, and Indigenous transgender scholar, activist, writer, and social media influencer.  She/they will be discussing what it means to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ day in current contexts. Refreshments provided. 

Oct. 10 | 6:00PM

Newman Library Multipurpose Room

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