Office of Diversity and Inclusion - a Division of Student Affairs at the University of Central Oklahoma


Native American Heritage Month Presents Expressions of Indigenous Culture


2:00 p.m., Oct.28, Liddy Doenges Theatre, Tulsa, Ok

Sovereignty, a play by Oklahoma native Mary Kathryn Nagle,evolves around Cherokee lawyer Sarah Ridge Polson's battle to reinstate the Cherokee Nation's sovereignty and jurisdiction. 

- Sponsors of the event are: The Office of Global and Cultural Competencies and The Office of Diversity and Inclusion


A gathering of Nations 

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Thur. Nov.1,Atrium, Will Rogers Webb Forensic Science Institute


Native American Heritage Month Kick-off

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Toni Tsatoke-Mule, who will speak about the diversity of a Native culture in her address centered on the Native American Heritage theme " Expressions of Indigenous Culture." Dont miss an afternoon of good food, culture and celebration.

2:00 p.m., Nov.1, NUC, 3rd Floor, Ballroom A

- Sponsor for the event is The Native American Heritage Month Taskforce 


Miss Native American UCO - Hiyuce Wilson 

6:00 p.m. Nov.4, NUC, 2nd Floor, Constitution Hall  

Miss Native UCO pageant is a time to honor and recognize the Native American culture. To celebrate women for their academic achievement, community involvement, talent and knowledge of Native American heritage and current events by providing an opportunity for leadership development and enhancement throughout their college campus and cultural community. 


Native Art Lesson 

6:30 - 8:00 p.m. Nov.6, NUC, 3rd Floor, Clara Luper, Room 312

Join us as we learn the basics of painting from Ted Moore. Mr. Moore is a Native American Student Success Specialist at Northern Oklahoma College. He will demonstrate the basic traditional Native designs in artwork by drawing and painting the designs in an interactive lesson. Limited spaces are available and will be provided on a first come first served basis. Email to RSVP

This event is sponsored by the Native American Student Association. 


Diabetes Awareness and Cooking Class

- This event is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation 

6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Nov.14, NUC, Will Rogers Room 

Join the Native American Student Association for a discussion over the epidemic of diabetes within the Native American community, and learn a cheap and easy way to eat healthier by learning simple and affordable recipes


Art Exhibition- Dr. Jonathan Byrn

2:00 p.m. Nov.14, Max Chambers Library,UCO

Come enjoy Dr. Jonathan Byrn as he speaks at the exhibition on " Indigenous Visual Sovereignty" at the UCO's Max Chambers Library


National Rock Your Mock Day 

All Day, Nov.15 wear you moccasins to bring NAH awareness to the community

This event is a national one where we wear our moccasins to bring awareness to the Native American community. We will gather together and take pictures to celebrate this aspect of our culture


Stomp Dance 

- Join in Fellowship as students have the opportunity to learn how to stomp dance.

5:30 - 11:00 p.m. Nov.17, Location TBD 

A showcase of an important part of the Native culture. Our annual Powwow is just one form of celebration and ceremony within our culture. The stomp dance is another chance to educate the UCO campus and Edmond community about this crucial part of tribal tradition.


The True Meaning of Thanksgiving

5:30 - 7:00 p.m.Nov.19, International House, Ballrooms

Join us for discussion around what Thanksgiving means to the Native American community and why it is important to recognize different parts of the history


Lessons in Leadership with Dr. Cornell Pewewardy

9:30 - 10:30 a.m. Nov.20, NUC, 2nd Floor, Constitution Hall, Room 200

Dr. Pewewardy ( Comanche-Kiowa) is Professor Emeritus in Indigenous Nations Student at Portland State University, and Fellow with the NACA - the Native Inspired School Network. Dr. Pewewardy engages in postcolonial indigenous research paradigms by unfolding the impact of responsive teaching praxis, insurgent research, indigenous urban and reservation-based teacher education, tribal college partnership and ethnology


Native Fit Class

5:30 -7:00 p.m. Nov.27, International House, Ballrooms

Join the Native American Student Association for a circuit training lesson provided by trainers from the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic. The Native Fit Class is focused on teaching the basics of how to maintain fitness


Native American Heritage Month Closer 

-Speaker Ryan RedCorn

Noon - 2:00 p.m. Nov.30, EDU, Room 115

As Native American Heritage Month comes to a close, we will be joined by Ryan RedCorn who will speak to us about why it is important to continue to embrace our different Native cultures. Don's miss this afternoon of good food, culture and celebration.

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