Native American Heritage Month 2023

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed into law a joint resolution designating the month of November as the first National American Indian Heritage Month (also known as Native American Indian Month).

Both the law and proclamation recognized American Indians as the first inhabitants of the lands that now constitute the United States as well as making mention of their contributions to American society. Since 2009, Presidents Obama and Trump have issued proclamations designating November as National Native American Heritage Month. These proclamations celebrate the contributions of the American Indians and urge the people of the United States to learn more about the American Indian cultures.

At Elon, we similarly observe Native American Heritage Month in November with a slate of programming for our campus community to learn about, celebrate, and understand Native American and Indigenous identity.


Native American Heritage Month Kickoff

Description: To kick off the month, we will be featuring food from a local Indigenous caterer, Indigenous artists, and chances to win prizes by learning about and exploring more about Native American and Indigenous communities! Various stations set up by campus departments, student organizations, and more will be set up for people to engage with.

Participants can win prizes by following the “pathways” located in the NAHM pamphlet, which will also be handed out at the kickoff.

Time: November 1st, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Location: McKinnon D & E

Dialogue Dinner: Honoring Indigenous Language, Art, and Culture


The Global Neighborhood team would like to invite you all to a special neighborhood dinner coming up on Tuesday, November 7th. We’re honored to be welcoming Vicki Jeffries who will be discussing, among other things, language revitalization efforts of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation. We hope this will be an occasion to elevate these efforts and raise awareness on campus. We’d love to see you there!

Time: November 7th, 5:30 – 7:00pm
Location: Upstairs Lakeside (212-214)

Inventive Minds: Indigenous Artist Showcase

Description: Featuring a virtual art gallery of various Native American art pieces and sceneries: one with 3D models and one with contemporary pieces.

Time: November 8th, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: CREDE

Native Beading Workshop

Description: Join Vickie Jeffries, Tribal Administrator for the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation and Native American artist, for a fun night of crafts! Snacks, drinks, and materials will be provided.

Time: November 13th, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Location: CREDE

Screening of Kuessipan

Description: Join the French Club and Native American Student Association for a public screening of the film, Kuessipan and engage in thoughtful discussion.

Time: November 15th, 4:00 – 6:30pm
Location: McEwen 013