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This November, Auburn University and its Office of Inclusion and Diversity, or OID, is recognizing and celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with a pair of events designed to celebrate and honor the rich history, tradition and culture of the original people of North America.

The Auburn Family is invited to learn more by participating in the Native American Heritage Month Celebration from 3-5 p.m. on Nov. 10 in Room 2227 of the Melton Student Center featuring native crafting, an interactive talk on Native American history in the South from Auburn Assistant Professor of History Aubrey Lauersdorf, and refreshments. There also will be a Native American Heritage Month Lunch and Learn on Nov. 15 from 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. in Room 2326 of the Melton Student Center.

The month serves as an opportunity to educate communities about the vast contributions of Native Americans to U.S. history and culture while also raising awareness to the unique challenges the community has historically faced—and that they continue to navigate to this day.

Auburn also acknowledges the specific impact native people have had on the state of Alabama, including the Poarch Creek, MOWA Choctaw and Muscogee tribes. Auburn is committed to supporting the Indigenous members of its community.

For more information on Auburn’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, the monthly “This Month in DEI Calendar” and other notes of recognition, please visit OID’s website, Instagram, DEI landing page or sign up for the OID newsletter.

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