Native American Heritage Month

Each November, the Student Life Center for Belonging and Social Change sponsors programming for Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) which celebrates and educates students, staff, faculty and allies about the diversity within over 574 tribal nations that were here before, during and after contact.

There will be a variety of events including Alternative Thanksgiving, an alternative celebration to the Thanksgiving holiday, a highlighted event sponsored collaboratively between the Native American Indigenous Peoples Cohort (NAIPC) and Native American and Indigenous Student Initiatives (NAISI).

For any questions about a particular event or NAHM programming in general, please contact Madison Eagle at 

If you require an accommodation such as live captioning or interpretation to participate in this event, please contact Madison Eagle. Requests made two weeks in advance will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the university will make every effort to meet requests made after this date.

Are you hosting an event for Native American Heritage Month? Let us know! Submit your event, and we'll add it to this calendar!

Calendar of Events November 2022

Native American and Indigenous Frybread Community Social
Date: November 15

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Ohio Union Instructional Kitchen (Basement Level)

Frybread is a unique and important cultural food for Indigenous peoples. This event gives Native American/Indigenous students an opportunity to create/nurture their Ohio State community as they would if they were at home within their tribal communities whether in an urban, reservation or traditional lands space.

While this event is open to all, it will center the experiences of Native American and Indigenous students. Space is limited; RSVP required by emailing


Book Discussion: Heart Berries by Terese Marie Mailhot

Date: November 16

Time: 12-1pm

Location: Zoom

Host: The College of Social Work

Heart Berries is an Indigenous woman’s chaotic coming-of-age memoir on love, poverty, abuse, & addiction. Join Madison Eagle for a dialogue on Indigenous visibility, mental health, and advocacy.

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Alternative Thanksgiving
Date: November 21 

Time: 6-8 PM

Location: Curl Viewpoint North

Alternative Thanksgiving Celebration is an open alternative event to the Thanksgiving national holiday. This is an event where friends and allies will learn about history, traditions, and current issues of Native American and Indigenous peoples with the goal to connect the campus community to the lived experiences of Native American and Indigenous peoples at OSU.

Traditional Indigenous foods will be served. Space is limited; RSVP’s required by filling out



If you would like to contribute to the Native American Heritage Month 2022 Calendar of Events, please fill out this form: Once events have been confirmed and approved, they will be added to this webpage. 


Campus-Wide Events: 

Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease among American Indian and Alaska Native Populations

Featuring speaker Dr. Stacey Jolley, The Cleveland Clinic

Date: November 8

Time: 4:30 PM

Location: Graves Hall Room 1063

Host: Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS) OSU Chapter

On behalf of the Association of Native American Medical Students (ANAMS), we are pleased to celebrate Native American Heritage Month by inviting Dr. Stacey Jolley, an Indigenous physician from the Cleveland Clinic, to come and speak to us about Cardiovascular Disease and Chronic Kidney Disease among American Indian and Alaska Native populations. Her talk will be on Tuesday, November 8th at 4:30 PM in Graves Hall Room 1063. This talk will be highly relevant for M2's currently in the middle of GI/Renal and also relevant to M1's for your upcoming Cardio/Plum block. 

Contact Emily Plumage for more information.


Muskrat versus Canary: The Future of Federal Indian Law (Virtual)
Date: November 10 

Time: 7 PM

Location: Zoom

Host: OSU Newark Earthworks Center

Dr. Matthew Fletcher (Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians), University of Michigan, will present "Muskrat versus Canary: The Future of Federal Indian Law." Federal Indian law and policy is marked by dramatic confrontations between paradigms described metaphorically, such as George Washington's "Savage as the Wolf" policy or Felix Cohen's "Miner's Canary" parable. These metaphors reflect that reality that federal Indian law and policy was imposed on tribal nations, usually without their consent or consultation. Even today, five decades after the beginning of the tribal self-determination era, the Miner's Canary parable remains the most-used shorthand metaphorical shorthand to describe Indigenous affairs in the United States But in my view, those metaphors are no longer useful to describe tribal nations. Tribal nations now possess agency and, occasionally, significant political and economic power. Congress and the Executive branch have largely embraced and enabled tribal self-determination. The United States Supreme Court has not. Or has it? Tribal nations have fared better in the Supreme Court since 2014 than in any other period of American history. Even so, the Court is paradigmatically split. In my scholarship, I have adopted the Anishinaabe creation story about the lowly, but heroic, Muskrat as my metaphor to describe modern tribal nations. The Supreme Court is poised to either accept and enable the new paradigm of tribal self-determination or eradicate it in favor of keeping tribal nations weak and passive. It is a paradigmatic battle of the Muskrat versus the Canary. There will be 5 minutes for a Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. Please submit your questions in the chat. We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Speaker series as part of Indigenous Ohio: OSU and Native Arts and Humanities Past and Present grant. Sponsored by the Newark Earthworks Center and funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.

To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. John Low at 740-755-7857 or

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Frank Buffalo Hyde: The Ancient Indigenous Monuments and Modern Indigenous Arts Project Visiting Artist Residency

Date: November 16

First Session: 12:30-1:30pm Hopkins 358

Second Session: 2-3pm Barnett Center, 141 Sullivant Hall

Host: Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme and OSU Department of Art

Join painter Frank Buffalo Hyde (Onondaga) for an artist presentation about how his work challenges Native American stereotypes through taping into the collective unconsciousness of the 21st century. Drawing images from advertisement, movies, television, music and politics, Buffalo Hyde’s expresses observation, as well as knowledge, through experience, developing overlapping imagery to mimic the way the mind holds information in a non-linear way. The presentation will be followed by a conversation with Buffalo Hyde as part of Our Unlearning Hour: Mask Dialogues.

Contact Richard Fletcher for more information.


Dr. Denise Sekaquaptewa: Do Microaggressions Matter, and to Whom? Effects of their presence on women and men witnesses in academic contexts.

Date: November 17

Time: 4 PM

Location: Psychology Building Room 35

Host: OSU Department of Psychology

When examining the effects of gendered microaggressions on people, researchers typically focus on people directly targeted by microaggressions, i.e., women. In the current research, we expand previous microaggression research to focus on those who are mere witnesses to these events, including men as well as women witnesses. Using an experimental approach, we randomly assigned undergraduate students to see gendered microaggressions targeting a woman student or neutral interactions. We also compared the effect of witnessing microaggressions to witnessing non-gendered rude behaviors between students. Our results indicate that men as well as women can be negatively affected by witnessing microaggressions, in terms of increased negative emotions, stereotyping concerns, lowered enthusiasm for group work, and diminished sense of belonging. These studies demonstrate that academic environments marked by microaggressions can harm all students in the setting by diminishing outcomes that predict student success.

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#LandBack: Histories of Restoring Indigenous Presence (Virtual)

Date: November 17 

Time: 7 PM

Location: Zoom

Host: OSU Newark Earthworks Center

Dr. Doug Kiel (Oneida Nation), Northwestern University , will present "#LandBack: Histories of Restoring Indigenous Presence" Land is at the heart of Indigenous identities, and histories of U.S. colonialism are largely defined by attempts to separate Native people from their collective inheritance. Native communities have reacquired territory through a variety of means in recent years, which has often been met with resentful opposition at the local level. The Land Back movement is nonetheless gaining steam, accruing victories, and making a better world. This present-day movement has roots that reach deep into the past, and has high stakes for the future. There will be 5 minutes for a Question and Answer session at the end of the webinar. Speaker series as part of Indigenous Ohio: OSU and Native Arts and Humanities Past and Present grant. Funded by the Global Arts + Humanities Discovery Theme.

To request an accommodation or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact Dr. John Low at 740-755-7857 or

RSVP’s required link here.