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November 15, 2022


Join us as we honor Native American Heritage Month

Did you know?

In 1990 Congress passed and President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution designating the month of November as the first National American Indian Heritage Month (also known as Native American Heritage Month). “American Indians were the original inhabitants of the lands that now constitute the United States of America,” noted H.J. Res. 577.

It is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people as well as the history of lands throughout the United States.

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A Proclamation on National
Native American Heritage Month, 2022

During National Native American Heritage Month, we celebrate Indigenous peoples past and present and rededicate ourselves to honoring Tribal sovereignty, promoting Tribal self-determination, and upholding the United States’ solemn trust and treaty responsibilities to Tribal Nations.
America has not always delivered on its promise of equal dignity and respect for Native Americans. For centuries, broken treaties, dispossession of ancestral lands, and policies of assimilation and termination sought to decimate Native populations and their ways of life. But despite this painful history, Indigenous peoples, their governments, and their communities have persevered and flourished. As teachers and scholars, scientists and doctors, writers and artists, business leaders and elected officials, heroes in uniform, and so much more, they have made immeasurable contributions to our country’s progress.
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Imo Succo, MSW / Diné Nation


What does it mean for you as a Native American working in Health Education?

Being raised in a Navajo traditional upbringing, combined with my education and work experience has given me the opportunity to provide presentations through my lens on health equity, access, and substance use. It's been very rewarding to share my perspective and Diné cultural teachings with our communities in Colorado and the Four Corners Region. May we continue to walk in beauty.

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Chelsie BeGoody, Community Programs Assoc. / Diné Nation

Why is Native American Heritage Month meaningful to you?

Native American Heritage Month brings cultural understanding and awareness to the many facets of Indigenous people. It is a time we celebrate diversity of our tribes, our political work, our justice work, our cultural foods, our language, our elders, our stories, our songs, our dances, and so much more. Today and everyday I’m proud to be Indigenous.


What type of work are you involved in at SWCAHEC?

As the Community Health Programs Associate, I’ve had the privilege to help bring a Nutrition health career pathway to SWCAHEC. This field is heavily underrepresented with Indigenous populations and lacks diversity. My work aims to capture interests and inspire students to enter a health career in Dietetics.

How has working at SWCAHEC impacted you? 

My time here at SWCAHEC has enriched my experience in the work of Public Health. I’ve learned to value collaboration and partnerships when it comes to addressing and improving the health of our communities. I’m truly fortunate to be a part of a team that is dedicated to the work that we do...they really are the best.

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Sexual Assault Services Organization (SASO) & The Department of Native American & Indigenous Studies Present:

5th Annual Violence Against Indigenous Relatives Symposium (Hybrid).

Below is the list of events and details.

November 15, 2022 at 4pm in the **Student Union Vallecito Room at Fort Lewis College
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives with Gina Lopez with the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives Taskforce of Colorado, and Daisy Bluestar with Native Love

November 17, 2022 at 4pm in ** Chemistry Hall Room 130 at Fort Lewis College
Indigenous Healing with Dr. Gerald Shorty with Fort Lewis College Counseling Center, and the Indigenous Society of Psychology (ISP)

For more information, please contact Kelsey Lansing, Assistant Director of SASO, by phone at 970-259-3074 or by e-mail at [email protected]
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Food Sovereignty Workshop: Blue Corn
12 pm – 4 pm, Native American Center

Join the Native American Center for hands-on Indigenous Food Sovereignty Workshops. NAC staff will be working on preparing Blue Corn that was harvested at the Old Fort. The series of workshops will entail the process of peeling corn, shelling corn, sifting corn, and storing the corn for the fall 2022 semester.

Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives (MMIR) Project
9 am – 11 am, Native American Center Conference Room

Piece together workshop. All received completed pieces will be assembled. The event will be hosted in collaboration with the Center of Southwest Studies, the Native American Center, and the Rising Matriarchs.

Indigenous Food Circle
12 pm – 1:30 pm, Native American Center

Please bring a dish to share in the Native American Center to celebrate Native American Heritage Month through our traditional foods, cultures, resiliency, and friendship by enjoying time with FLC students, faculty, and staff.
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Join the NIH Tribal Health Research Office and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) Wednesday, November 16 at 3 p.m. ET for the annual Native American Heritage Month guest lecture! Learn about environmental health research in Alaska with co-presenters Viola “Vi” Waghiyi and Pamela Miller, of the Alaska Community Action on Toxics.

They will discuss their experiences conducting community-based participatory research with local Tribes, including how their work has been informed by traditional and community knowledge, and about policy actions and interventions to protect health. Watch live:

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Fact Sheets

The Indian Health Service's "Fact Sheets" contain general overview information on the IHS and on specific healthcare topics concerning American Indian and
Alaska Native people.

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