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The Origins of Native American Heritage Month

The month of November is dedicated to recognizing the First Nations for the significant contributions they made to the establishment and growth of the U.S.

Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian and former director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y., advocated for the establishment of a national American Indian Day recognized by the federal government starting in 1915. That same year, the President issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday of each May as American Indian Day. The proclamation also contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens. In 1990, the President approved a joint resolution to designate November as "National American Indian Heritage Month." Subsequent years have seen similar proclamations made, though the name of the month varies slightly.

How UCO Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

The University of Central Oklahoma celebrates Native American Heritage Month each year throughout the month of November with a series of events on Central’s campus. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy a month’s worth of programming that includes speakers, discussion groups, activities, food and mixers. We can promise that our events will be informative, engaging and possibly even challenging, but they’re all made better when you’re there!

For more information contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at 405-974-3588.


Native American Heritage Month Events

Check back often during the months of October and November as the event calendar will be updated regularly. Events are subject to change. Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for event details.