MSUM Celebrates American Indian Heritage Month-November 2021

Tuesday, October 26
7:00 pm Anton Treuer Author Presentation and Book Signing (The Centrum – Concordia College)
Explore the themes of this book with a free presentation by Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians but Were Afraid to Ask author Anton Truer with a book signing to follow. Books will be available for purchase from Zandbroz Variety. Streamed live at Presented by One Book, One Community.

November 1-15
Tribal Nations Flag Display (CMU Sun Garden Lounge)
Tribal flag exhibit recognizes the heritage and cultures representative of MSUM’s American Indian students.

Wednesday, November 3
12:00 pm  Opening Pipe Ceremony (Library Porch)
Delvin Rogers, member of the Three Affiliated Tribes, North Dakota, will conduct an opening pipe ceremony to welcome in American Indian Heritage Month on campus.

6:00 pm Sisters Rising Documentary (Lommen Classroom 5)
Sisters Rising is a powerful feature documentary about six Native American women reclaiming personal & tribal sovereignty.

Wednesday, November 10
7:00 pm  Decolonizing Initiatives: A Look at Museums and their shift from the Colonial to the Decolonial (In-person and Zoom viewing, CMU 105)
Brandie MacDonald is the Senior Director of Decolonizing Initiatives at the Museum of Us, located on the unceded homeland of the Kumeyaay Nation, in San Diego, California. Brandie is an Indigenous citizen of the Chickasaw Nation, with ancestral ties to the Choctaw Nation. She holds a B.A. in Applied Anthropology at the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, and a M.Ed. in International Higher Education at Loyola University in Chicago. Her work focuses on the application of anti-colonial/decolonial theory and methodology in museums; centering truth-telling, accountability, and systemic reform that works to redress colonial legacy, structural racism, and inequity. Meeting ID: 936 2631 4573

Monday, November 15
All Day  Rock Your Mocs Day
Wear your moccasins and use the hashtag #RockYourMocs to post your photo on social media (Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc.).

 5:00-7:00 pm  Appliqué Beading with Glory (CMU 105)
Learn modern appliqué style beading, a traditional style of Indigenous artwork that has lasted through the centuries. Beading instructor Glory Ames, White Earth Nation, is a graduate student in the Educational Leadership Program. Maximum of 20 participants. Email by November 10 to pre-register.

Tuesday, November 16
1:00 pm  Cultural Competence Today (CMU 105)
Journalist and multi-media artist Darren Thompson facilitates a workshop with participants where they discuss topics such as race, religion, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation and how they can influence our personal cultural identity and our interactions with others. Thompson is national correspondent for Native News Online, Unicorn Riot, and the AARP from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation.

4:00 pm Live @ the Sun Garden with Darren Thompson (Sun Garden Lounge)
Darren Thompson (Ojibwe/Tohono O’odham), Native American flute player and educator from the Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe Reservation in Northern Wisconsin, has performed at the most prestigious American Indian cultural institutions and organizations in the United States sharing his music, journey and culture.

Wednesday, November 17
10:00 am – 2:00 pm  Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Red Dress Project (Comstock Memorial Union)
Indigenous Women are murdered at a rate 10x the national average. Learn more about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the significance of the Red Dress Project.


Sponsored by the MSUM American Indian Student Association, Office of Diversity & Inclusion, George Soule American Indian Center, Dragon Society of Social Work, Dragon Anthropological Association, Office of Student Activities, and One Book, One Community.

* MSUM requires all students, faculty, staff, and visitors to wear a mask in indoor public settings. Thank you for helping us keep everyone safe!

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