The 2019 Native American Heritage Month observance is led by the newly formed Indigenous-American Student Association in partnership with the American Indian and Indigenous Studies and the department of Multicultural and Diversity Affairs. Below is a list of upcoming events.

Dia De Los Muertos
8 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Indigenous American Student Association Tabling
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Turlington Plaza

Stop by during the Indigenous American Student Association tabling to win giveaways and learn more about Native American Heritage Month!

Duane & Maria Whitehorse
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Beadwork in MCDA Suite #2203 – Reitz Union Level 2
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Life on Reservations Talk MCDA Suite #2203 – Reitz Union Level 2

Beadwork demonstration facilitated by Duane & Maria Whitehorse with opportunity to create your own beadwork from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in MCDA (Reitz Union LEvel 2 – Suite 2203) and join us for a conversation on the Whitehorse’s experience living on the reservation from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in Ustler Hall.

Ancient Languages Falling Silent in Our Lifetime: Today’s Global Struggle to Revitalize Endangered Indigenous Languages featuring Marcus Briggs-Cloud
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Flint Hall 050


Marcus Briggs-Cloud (Maskoke) is a language revitalization practitioner, musician and scholar.  A graduate of Harvard Divinity School, he is currently a doctoral candidate in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Florida, and is the director of Ekvn-Yefolecv Indigenous Maskoke Ecovillage centered in Weogufka, Alabama. Marcus is founder and director of the Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School’s Creek language immersion program at the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Brighton Reservation. His album Pum Vculvke Vrekkuecetv (To Honor Our Elders) was nominated for two Native American Music Awards, and in 2012 he served as the composer and choir director for the Vatican canonization liturgy with Pope Benedict XVI for Saint Kateri Tekakwitha.  Marcus is partnered to Tawna Little, a Kvlice Maskoke person from the Skunk Clan and they have two children Nokos-Afvnoke and Hemokke, with whom Marcus enjoys speaking exclusively in the Maskoke language.

Polynesian Luau
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Reitz Union – North Lawn Stage
Indigenous Pow wow
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Plaza of the Americas
White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education feat. Ron Lessard
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Pugh Hall Ocora

Ron Lessard is the current acting Executive Director for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education. Ron will be joining us to talk about the history of Native education in the United States.

Indigenous-American Student Association