Native American Heritage Month

 Every year, in collaboration with the American Indian Student Organization and the Wabanaki Center the Office of Multicultural Student Life, is proud to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Traditionally, Native American Heritage Month celebrates and recognizes the extraordinary contributions and accomplishments of First Nations and Indigenous communities. Previous celebrations at UMaine have included flag-raising ceremonies, student socials, performing arts showcasing Native American theatre, as well as engaging students in thought-provoking discussions as part of the Office of Multicultural Student Life’s Lunch & Learn Series. Native American Heritage Month also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month begins on November 1st and is celebrated for the entire month.   

2018 Native American Heritage Month 

  • Thursday, November 1st
    • Penobscot flag raising. Join the Wabanaki Center, American Indian Student Organization, and the Office of Multicultural Student Life to celebrate our campus community’s 2nd annual Native Heritage Month flag raising. 
    • Where: UMaine mall, 12:00 pm 
  • Wednesday, November 7th (Please note; this event has been rescheduled for November 28th)  
    • Native American crafts and art. Moccasin making class hosted by the American Indian Student Association. 
    • Where: Coe Room, 6-7 pm in the Memorial Union 
  • Wednesday, November 14th
    • Lunch and Learn 12-1 pm 
      • Maulian Dana will give a presentation on the renaming of Columbus Day to Indigenous Day in Orono and other parts of the United States. 
      • Where: Multicultural Center   
    • Native American crafts and art. Beading class, hosted by the American Indian Student Association.
    • Where: Multicultural Center, 6-7 pm 
  • Thursday, November 15th
    • Multicultural Thanksgiving in the North Pod 5:30-7pm   
    • Geo Neptune’s presentation:  Learn about Two-Spirits and the persistent barriers that affect minority gender-nonconformists from educator Passamaquoddy activist, and master basket maker, Geo Neptune. This presentation is free and open to the public on a first come first serve basis. Registration is not required.  
    • Where: 120 Little Hall 7-8:30 pm   
  • Friday, November 16th (Due to the weather this event has been cancelled for today and it has not been rescheduled at this point).   
    • “Motherland and Wabanaki Women” a public presentation by Miigam’agan (Mi’kmaq) who will discuss the Wabanaki as matriculture societies and their relationship to the motherland. 
    • Where; Arthur St. John Hill Auditorium, 165 Barrows Hall, 1-2pm    
  • Monday, November 19th
    • “Decolonizing Our Hearts and Minds” presented by Sherri Mitchell (Penobscot). Mitchell will speak on issues of indigenous rights, environmental justice, and spiritual change.  
    • Where: Bangor Room, Memorial Union, 1-2 pm 
  • Wednesday, November 28th 
    • Lunch and Learn hosted by the American Indian Student Organization (AISO). Join us and learn more about the rich Native American cultural diversity with students from AISO.
    • Where: Multicultural Center, 12-1 pm 
    • Native American crafts and art. Moccasin making class hosted by the American Indian Student Association. 
    • Where: Multicultural Center, 6-7 pm in the Memorial Union 
  • Friday, November 30th
    • American Indian Student Organization’s Social event 
    • Come meet our Native student group and enjoy some Native music and food. 
    • Where: Bangor Room, 1-2:00 pm