PSU Native American Heritage Month

November 1-November 30

Portland State University

Native American Student Community Center

Join us all month-long for a variety of speakers, workshops, programs, and events celebrating Native American and Indigenous cultures.

All activities are free and open to the public unless otherwise specified.

Contact Melissa Bennett for more information:

Recurring Programs:
Smudge Ceremony
Weekdays / 9:00 am
Start your day with us as we burn sage and cedar using the smoke to cleanse ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.

Craft Nights
Fridays / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm / Pi Nee Waus Room
Join the UISHE student group for weekly craft nights. Bring your own projects or learn a new craft with the materials provided.

Talking Circle
1st & 3rd Wednesday / 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm / Multnomah Room
Twice a month students are invited to participate in this confidential process of sharing what is on their heart and listening to the hearts of others.
Open to PSU students only.

Rock Your Mocs Week:
November 10th – 14th
Wear your favorite moccasins around campus this week.
Be sure to stop by the NASCC to show us your beautiful footwear.

Community Healing Gathering with Jillene Joseph
November 3rd / 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
Join the Native Wellness Institute and the Future Generations Collaborative for an opportunity to get to know each other, learn, share, and grow in our personal development around the impact of historical and intergenerational trauma. Together we will work to better understand historical depression, culture and spirituality, healing and self care. Dinner provided.

Indigenous Queer Workshop with artist Demian Diné Yazhi’
November 10th / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
Join us as we gather together with our stories and experiences as queer, transgender, and two-spirit Indigenous people to share and create community within our intersections. This is an opportunity to explore creative practice as a tool of reclamation, resistance, and decolonization, reflecting on how storytelling, visual art, writing, music, and other forms of art can be used to empower ourselves and our communities. Snacks provided.

Remembering Loved Ones: Stories of Loss and Grief
November 22nd / 10:00 am – 12:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
Join Healing Feathers student volunteers as we recognize the stories, trauma, and grief of Native American survivors of suicide. This will be a time of sharing stories, empathic listening, and support. Snacks provided.

How the Grinch Stole Thanksgiving with Dr. Cornel Pewewardy
November 24th / 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
Dr. Cornel Pewewardy, chair of the Indigenous Nations Studies Department, presents this thought-provoking workshop on the Native American perspective of Thanksgiving. He will discuss the reasons society can no longer ignore the Native American voice in the context of this modern holiday. Snacks provided.

November 13th / 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
The 1491s is a sketch comedy group, based in the wooded ghettos of Minnesota and buffalo grass of Oklahoma. They are a gaggle of Indians chock full of cynicism and splashed with a good dose of indigenous satire. Join as they share their videos and skits and answer your burning questions.

Discovering our Indigenous Roots: Fashion Show & Potluck
November 17th / 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm / Nimiipuutimt Gathering Area
Join indigenous students from diverse communities for a fashion show and potluck highlighting modern and traditional clothing, music, and food.

Native American Climate Film Series
November 18th / 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm / Chief Joseph Room
Wisdom of the Elders hosts this film series highlighting the rich voices and perspectives of Inupiaq and Athabascan communities regarding unprecedented climate issues.

Pacific Festival
November 19th / 11:00 am – 2:00 pm / SMSU Ballroom
Hosted by PSU’s Pacific Islader Club, this is a family fun and children friendly event showcasing Pacific Islander culture. Enjoy free food and beverages, live entertainment, vendors, and games (including free raffles and prizes).

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