Auburn recognizes National Native American Heritage Month

Published: October 28, 2021

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This November, Auburn University and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, celebrate the diverse history, culture and traditions of the original inhabitants of North America and their contributions to American society over the past several hundred years with National Native American Heritage Month. The month also marks a critical time to educate people about native tribes and the unique challenges that Indigenous people have faced throughout their extensive history and how they have risen to the occasion to overcome these challenges. 

Auburn and OID recognize the vast historical impact of Indigenous People, both in Alabama and throughout the country. Auburn is committed to supporting the Indigenous members of its community and acknowledges the many Indigenous tribes native to Alabama, including the Muscogee Creek population that still calls the state home. 

The Auburn Family is invited to learn more by getting involved with the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, or CCCE, through programming and engagements. The center is offering two engagements to celebrate Native American Heritage Month. On Wednesday, Nov. 10, the CCCE will host a Native American Heritage Month Craft Class from 5:30–7:30 p.m. in room 2222 of the Harold Melton Student Center.

Then, on Tuesday, Nov. 16, Sasanehsaeh Jennings, Native American Student Success coordinator for the University of Wisconsin System, will serve as the virtual Native American Heritage Month keynote speaker in an online session. Anyone interested in watching the session can RSVP via this link, and Zoom confirmation will be sent 24-48 hours in advance.

For more information on Auburn’s commitment to fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive campus community, please visit OID’s website, Instagram page and Auburn’s new DEI landing page, or by signing up for the OID newsletter