Native American & Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month 

In November, Native American Heritage Month celebrates the long history of Indigenous people and communities. During this month, we acknowledge the rich culture, unique traditions, and ongoing contributions of Native Americans. As we move along our year, we frequently call out months of recognition, but the true impact of these recognition months is decided by you. The way you approach the month will determine if you grow in your work to understand why we recognize them. I am asking you to use this month to stretch and grow. Congress has established the month through a proclamation that refers to Native American Heritage Month. I’ll use the descriptor Native Americans frequently in this email, but I would like to acknowledge that there are many other descriptors used to describe a diverse group of people. Frequently the right or wrong descriptor can guide our assumptions and impressions. I commit to continuing to listen and learn in order to seek the right language.

National impacts: The First People of this Nation have contributed to our past, our present, and our future in many ways. Here are some suggested resources:

Extend your knowledge of the contributions of our Native American & Indigenous colleagues through resources like this: 

Yuba Community College District Resolution Honoring California Native American Day (September 22, 2023)

Celebrate with us by adding our Zoom background during your meetings between November 1 through November 30 Native American & Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month Zoom Background

Recommended Films/Documentaries by Yuba College (available now on YC Kanopy)

  • What Was Ours
  • The thick dark Fog: Reclaiming Native American Identity  
  • Who controls the land: Bear Ears National Monument and the fight for Native American equality
  • Moccasins and Microphones: Modern Native Storytelling through performance poetry  

Recommended Books by Yuba College (available for check-out at YC Marysville Library)

  • “An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States” by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
  • The Other Slavery: the Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America” by Andres Resendez
  • Braiding Sweetgrass” by Robin Wall Kimmerer  
  • “There There by Tommy Orange

Display Cases: Display pieces will be provided by Georgie O’Keefe-Schwering.

Basic Needs Center: Providing some Family Meal options with recipes and ingredients and spices with a Native American touch, in celebration of Native American & Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month.  More information coming soon!

Printable November Activities

Activities coordinated through the Identity and Engagement Center planned with Kelly Boren, Ruth Catalan, Crystal Garcia, Chrystal Gillming, Georgie O’Keefe-Schwering, and Anabel Toche