At The Family Center/La Familia, we celebrate diversity and are proud to serve families of all backgrounds and cultures in our community. We are excited to commemorate Native American Heritage Month 2022 this November.

Every November, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

The earliest proponent of an “American Indian Day” was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans,” which was observed for three years. 

The first “American Indian Day” in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” 

Colorado State University’s Native American Cultural Center is leading this year’s Native American Heritage Month celebrations in northern Colorado. 

[Alt text: A colorful poster featuring a dream catcher lists information for all Colorado State University Native American Cultural Center events celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2022 in Fort Collins, Colorado.]

Events begin October 27 and conclude November 17 with the Harvest Dinner Community Event. November 5 marks the 38th Annual CSU AISES Powwow from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

[Alt text: A Native American woman is pictured performing at a powwow on a poster promoting the 38th annual Colorado State Native American Cultural Center powwow on November 5 in Fort Collins, Colorado.]

Native American Cultural Center Native American Heritage Month Events 2022

October 27Isaiah Stewart – Duhesa Art Gallery Reception

Where: Lory Student Center, Duhesa Art Gallery

When: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Description: Isaiah Tasunke Wamniomni Luta (Red Whirlwind Horse) Stewart is a Lakota/Mohawk artist. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts from the University of Kansas. He has been an artist his whole life and is most known for taking traditional Lakota culture and giving it context in a technological world. Isaiah works to share his gifts through paintings, drawings, and bead work. (Co-sponsored with Campus Activities and the Lory Student Center Arts Program).

November 2Indigenous Kitchen – The Foundry

Where: The Foundry Dining Hall in Corbett Hall

Description: Please join us at the Foundry dining hall located in Corbett Hall for a special dining experience: “The Indigenous Kitchen – a series of feasts featuring foods indigenous to North America served during lunch and dinner on 11/2.

November 4 – NAHM Powwow Kick-Off

Where: LSC Plaza

When: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Description: To celebrate Native American Heritage Month & the AISES Powwow, drum groups and dancers will provide performances to preview Saturday’s event. Frybread will be sold at the event!

November 5 – CSU AISES 38th Annual Powwow

Where: Lory Student Center Grand Ballrooms


Pow Wow 10:00 a.m. – 10:00

Grand Entry 1:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Pow-Wow Feed 5:00 p.m. (free)

Description: In an effort to increase awareness of Native cultures at Colorado State University, the American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Native American Cultural Center, Associated Students of Colorado State University, & Ram Events will sponsor the CSU Powwow. Community members & students alike are welcome and encouraged to attend this free event, which will feature Powwow dancers, drum groups, food, vendors, social events, and more (Co-sponsored by the Associated Students of

Colorado State University & RamEvents)

November 8Scott Artist: Nicholas Galanin – Art Lecture and Reception

Where: Lory Student Center Ballroom 350D


12 p.m: Mural Unveiling at the Visual Arts Building

5 p.m: Artist Talk in the LSC Ballroom 350D

Description: Nicholas Galanin’s work is rooted within his perspective as an Indigenous man. Galanin’s work expands and refocuses the intersections of culture, centering Indigeneity through form, image, and sound. Galanin celebrates the beauty, knowledge and resilience of Indigenous people. Rejecting binaries and categorization, Galanin works to envision, build and support Indigenous sovereignty. (Co-sponsored with Campus Activities and the Lory Student Center Arts Program.)

November 10 – Native American Heritage Month Keynote

Where: Lory Student Center Theatre

When: 6 p.m.

Description: Join the NACC as we welcome actor D’Pharaoh Woon-A-Tai for a screening of the show Reservation Dogs, followed by a fireside chat and Q&A. No reservations or tickets are required ahead of time. (Co-sponsored with Ram


November 15 – Trees, Water, People Film Showing: “Homelands”

Where: The Lyric Cinema

When: 6 p.m.

Description: A story of Indigenous resilience and land stewardship, “Homelands” follows a crew of Lakota tree planters in South Dakota fighting to preserve their land and cultural traditions for future generations amidst centuries of colonization and the ongoing climate crisis. Join Trees, Water & People for a screening of the short film that chronicles the story of this Lakota reforestation crew’s 2021 planting season. The event will also include free food provided by DGT in the lobby before the screening. (Co-sponsored with ACT Human Rights Film Festival).

November 16 – Native American Heritage Month Film Showing: “Manzanar Diverted When Water Becomes Dust”

Where: The Lyric Cinema

When: 6 p.m.

Description: Please join NACC and the ACT Human Rights Film Festival for a

film viewing and panel discussion. At the foot of the majestic snow-capped Sierras, Manzanar, the WWII concentration camp, becomes the confluence for memories of Payahuunadü, the now-parched “land of flowing water.” Intergenerational women from Native American, Japanese American, and rancher communities form an unexpected alliance to defend their land and water from Los Angeles. (Co-sponsored with ACT Human Rights Film Festival and CSU Asian Pacific American Cultural Center).

November 17 – Harvest Dinner Community Event

Description: Roe Bubar and Ron Hall, owners of Arikara Farm, worked the farm this year to engage students, family, and the community to support the farm as they grew traditional food and heritage turkey to bring about the Harvest for our Community

Dinner. Arikara Farm and NACC are pleased to support this Indigenous Community Dinner. Please contact for more information.

We invite you to experience these events celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2022 in northern Colorado!

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