November is American Indian Heritage Month

Join us as we celebrate the rich culture, history, traditions, and recognize the achievements and contributions of historical and present-day American Indians.

All events are free and open to the public.

October 26, 2020
4:00 PM Our Voice: Native Vote with Prairie Rose Seminole (Virtual, registration required)
Join us virtually for a talk by Prairie Rose Seminole on the disenfranchisement faced by Native communities and the organizing work she did following voter ID restrictions passed in the state of North Dakota prior to the 2018 midterms. This event is part of the Women’s Center’s celebration of the 100 year anniversary of the 19th Amendment.
Register in advance for this meeting:

November 2-30, 2020
All month Library Display Celebrating American Indian Heritage Month (Livingston Lord Library)
Visit the Livingston Lord Library to view a display featuring American Indian artwork, books, overview of history & tribal governance, and more.

November 2, 2020
All Day Dia de los Muertos Altar (CMU Sun Garden area)
Remembering Indigenous people that have lost their lives to Police Brutality.

November 4, 2020
12:00 PM Opening Pipe Ceremony (Library Mall)
Delvin Rogers will conduct an opening pipe ceremony on the MSUM campus. Delvin Rogers is a member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota.

November 9, 2020
12:00 PM Why Indigenous Representation Matters in Educational Settings (
A panel of students and professional staff will discuss why Indigenous representation matters in Educational settings, both K12 and Higher Education.
This event is sponsored by MState in partnership with NDSU, MSUM, ND Indian Education, MN Indian Education, and Native Roots Radio.

November 12, 2020
3:30 PM Birch Bark Earring Class (CMU 105)
Courtney Bunker, White Earth Nation, will show you how to make a pair of earrings from the white bark of a birch tree. You will learn about how the bark is harvested and used to make baskets, containers, earrings, and other items. Supplies will be provided. Limited to 15 participants. RSVP on Dragon Central by November 9.

November 15-21, 2020
All Day Rock Your Mocs!
Rock Your Mocs, is a worldwide American Indian & Indigenous Peoples social media event held annually during National American Indian Heritage Month. People wear their moccasins a day(s) or the whole week, take a photo or video or story, add the hashtags #RockYourMocs & #RockYourMocs2020 and upload to social media.

November 18, 2020
3:00 PM Jingle Dress Dancers in the Modern World: Ojibwe People and Pandemics Documentary and Q & A with Dr. Brenda Child (Zoom Room: 935 9048 4692)
Ojibwe women created a healing tradition in response to the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, which devastated native peoples across the US, Alaska, and Canada. A century later, the tradition is with us as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. For the Ojibwe, song and dance have the power to heal, so that art is as necessary as medicine in the worst of times.
This documentary explores the origins of the Jingle Dress Dance Tradition with Ojibwe historian Dr. Brenda J. Child, who also describes what the tradition means to dancers and Ojibwe people today, and how it has evolved to include modern protest movements such as Standing Rock and calls for racial justice. Dr. Brenda Child is Northrop Professor of American Studies & American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota and the author of several award-winning books on American Indian History.

Sponsored by the MSUM American Indian Student Association, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, Women’s Center, Office of Student Activities, Livingston Lord Library, and MState Moorhead.

*Everyone, including students, employees, and visitors who plan to enter any MSUM building must complete the COVID-19 self-assessment accessible on before arriving and are also required to wear a face mask while on campus. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

For more information or questions, contact the Office of Diversity & Inclusion at (218) 477-2652 or