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Native American Heritage Month


The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

(NativeAmericanHistoryMonth.gov, 2020)


Notre Dame de Namur University is built on the traditional lands of the Ramaytush Ohlone peoples, presently a part of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe.

The present-day Muwekma Ohlone Tribe is comprised of all of the known surviving American Indian lineages aboriginal to the San Francisco Bay region who trace their ancestry through the Missions Dolores, Santa Clara, and San Jose; and who were also members of the historic Federally Recognized Verona Band of Alameda County. The aboriginal homeland of the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe includes the following counties: San Francisco, San Mateo, most of Santa Clara, Alameda, Contra Costa, and portions of Napa, Santa Cruz, Solano and San Joaquin.

(Muwekma Ohlone Tribe of the San Francisco Bay Area, 2015)

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more than a word
Indian Voices
on a knife edge
I Am Where I Come From
we breathe again
The Victory with No Name
Recovering Native American Writings in the Boarding School Press
by blood
Native American Voices
the creed runs red
Reproductive Justice
Skull Wars
we shall remain
Reimagining Indian Country
in whose honor?
Murder State

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