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November American Indian Heritage Month Events and Programs!

The UNC American Indian Center is pleased to share with you a calendar of events for November in celebration of American Indian Heritage Month! The month-long celebration will include lectures, cultural activities, discussions and more, both on and off campus! All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

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Featured 2022 Events:

  • Nov 1, Joy Harjo reading and reception: 14th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture, 2:30 PM, Carolina Union Auditorium
  • Nov 14, NativeAudio: Mike Trombley, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Graduate Student Center
  • Nov 15, Carolina Indian Circle Culture Show, 6:00 PM, Carolina Union Great Hall
  • Nov 18, Creating Pathways: A Conversation with Native American Attorneys, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Zoom Event
  • Nov 19, American Indian Heritage Celebration, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, NC Museum of History, Raleigh
  • Nov 30, AIC Celebration: Heritage Month/LDOC, 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM, UNC American Indian Center Lawn
  • Nov 30, American Indian Cancer Control & Health Equity, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Live Webinar


Expanded details for each event below:


Nov 1, 2022

Joy Harjo: 14th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture

Reading & Reception, 2:30 PM

Carolina Union Auditorium

Details: On Tuesday, November 5, Joy Harjo, 3x US Poet Laureate, will serve as our guest lecturer for the 14th Annual Michael D. Green Lecture in American Indian Studies.  Joy Harjo will be reading selections from her many publications, followed by a reception.  The event will be held in Carolina Union Auditorium.


Nov 14, 2022

NativeAudio: Mike Trombley (Blackfeet Nation)

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Graduate Student Center 211 A West Cameron Ave.

For our third Carolina American Indian and Indigenous Studies seminar, we will be welcoming Mike Trombley, a citizen of the Blackfeet Nation and the Founder and CEO of NativeAudio.  A musician trained in electrical engineering, Mike is one of the premier builders of guitar effects pedals, all of which are inspired by his family and nation.

On Monday, November 14, from 12:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m., we will meet in The Graduate Student Center (211A W. Cameron Ave.) for a presentation by Mike followed by a demo of his pedals. We’ll also create space for performances open-mic style for those interested.  But that’s not all!  The event will also be catered!


Nov 15, 2022

Carolina Indian Circle Culture Show

6:00 PM, Carolina Union Great Hall


Nov 18, 2022

Creating Pathways: A Conversation with Native American Attorneys

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Zoom Link:


Nov 19, 2022

27th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh


Nov 30, 2022

AIC Celebration: Heritage Month/Last Day of Classes

12:00 PM – 4:00 PM

UNC American Indian Center Lawn

Join AIC for a celebration event capping off Heritage Month and celebrating the last day of classes. We will enjoy games, camaraderie, and a catered lunch from Fuller’s, a Lumbee staple.

American Indian Cancer Control & Health Equity (Live Webinar) 

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

In this session we will describe health disparities and inequities related to American Indian cancer control. We will explore the legal basis for federally-funded health services to American Indians and the complexity of health policy at the federal, state and tribal levels that impact cancer control. We will provide a framework for health equity and a path forward to improve outcomes.



Archived AIHM News:


Click here to download a PDF of the Calendar: 2019 AIHM Calendar. Final


2014: Chancellor Folt Signs Historic Resolution with NC Native Nations!

 On Oct. 23, 2014 the American Indian Center hosted the First Annual Forum on the Role of Higher Education in Native Nation Building, in partnership with The Friday Center.  The forum served to kickoff American Indian Heritage Month in November at UNC-Chapel Hill.  This gathering was historic in that Chancellor Folt signed a resolution with all eight NC Tribal Nations, resolving to continue and strengthen the University’s commitment to research, education and service with those Native Nations. The resolution also emphasized the University’s commitment to holding similar gatherings to reinforce and strengthen relationships with the NC Native Nations—the Coharie Tribe, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina, Meherrin Indian Nation, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan Tribe.  The resolution can be accessed here.

North Carolina is home to the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River, including eight Tribal Nations and four urban Indian organizations.

National American Indian Heritage Month

American Indian Heritage Month was first proclaimed by President George H. W. Bush in 1990. It recognizes contemporary American Indian tribes and individuals as active participants in American society and honors their histories, cultures and achievements.  November marks a time to note the existence of Indian tribes and reflect on their significance in American history and contributions to American culture. Indians are not just beads and feathers; they are real people doing important things in contemporary American life.


Helpful Resources for Teachers! 

Governor proclaims November American Indian Heritage Month for UNC system

A ceremonial presentation of Gov. Pat McCrory’s proclamation of November as American Indian Heritage Month to the UNC system was held today (Nov. 25) on the steps of Abernethy Hall, which houses the American Indian Center on Carolina’s campus. The American Indian Center is only center of its kind within the 17-campus system.

U.S. Census data from 2010 indicates that North Carolina is home to more than 122,000 American Indians, the largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi with 14,000 years of American Indian culture and tradition. In the proclamation, Gov. McCrory calls upon citizens, institutions and government agencies to commemorate American Indian Heritage Month with programs, celebrations and activities of the American Indian population, honoring their heritage and contributions as North Carolina’s first people.

The event included a short performance of Native American music. Jarrod Lowery, the governor’s community outreach liaison and a Lumbee Indian, read and presented the proclamation. The presentation was followed by brief remarks from Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost James W. Dean Jr.

Originally posted November 25, 2013 in the University Gazette
Photos by Dan Sears of News Services.
Story by Courtney Mitchell, University Gazette