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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.

Monday, October 11, 2021


  • FREE | Newman Library Multipurpose Room or via InclusiveVT YouTube
  • Dr. David E. Wilkins is a citizen of the Lumbee Nation of North Carolina. His work has focused on Native politics and governance. In this Indigenous Peoples’ Day talk, Dr. Wilkins centers the sovereignty of Indigenous Nations.

2:00 pm | CONVERSING WITH THE LAND: An Indigenous Peoples’ Day Keynote Celebration

  • FREE | Drillfield
  • Virginia Tech President Dr. Tim Sands welcomes guests from the Monacan and Cheyenne Nations, featuring the following: Chief Kenneth Branham (Monacan Nation), Dr. Henrietta Mann (Southern Cheyenne Nation), and music from the Red Fire Singers.



  • FREE | Newman Library Multipurpose Room or via InclusiveVT YouTube
  • Dr. Peter Wallenstein, a history professor at Virginia Tech, has written many books including a history of the university. In this Indigenous Peoples’ Day talk, Dr. Wallenstein will discuss how federal funding that made the land-grant colleges possible in the 1860s-70s depended on the seizure of land from Native Peoples in the Trans-Mississippi West.


7:30 pm | AND SO WE WALKED: An Artist’s Journey Along the Trail of Tears

  • Tickets Available | Moss Arts Center | Additional performances: Oct. 12, Oct. 13, Oct. 14 at 7:30 pm
  • DeLanna Studi performs her one-woman play which recounts her 900-mile walk on the Trail of Tears with her father. Through experience and art she comes to more fully understand her people and her history.