Celebrate Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month
(November 1 - 30)
“We Are Still Here”
Metropolitan State University of Denver resides on the ancestral lands of the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Sioux, and Ute people, all of whom still are in an ongoing relationship with this land. One of the ways we fight the erasure of Indigenous peoples is by recognizing the history that brought settlers, whether voluntary or formerly enslaved, to occupy this land. Here, that history is the Colorado Gold Rush of 1858 and 1859, where settlements like Auraria and Denver as well as other land grabs for gold mining that devastated the land and interrupted Ute and Cheyenne ways of living. Over the course of the next 20 years and the next rushes to take silver from the ground, the Cheyenne and Ute were displaced from this area, their homeland. By knowing this history, we can better understand our place within it and seek to be in right relationship with the people who were here before us, and with the lands we, too, must steward in our work.
In recognition of Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month in November, the Native Indigenous Student Alliance in partnership with locally based organizations, the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion, and Journey Through Our Heritage, will be hosting a variety of events to educate the campus on issues that are pertinent to the Native American and Indigenous communities. It is especially important to understand that Native American and Indigenous communities still exist and with your support, their voices can be centered and heard. Join us, to dispel preconceived notions of indigeneity, to better understand indigenous intersectional identities, and learn more about our achievements and affirming our identity.
This year, the theme is, “We Are Still Here.” The Native Indigenous Student Alliance will bring honored guest speakers who will shed light on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn crisis, the evolution of language for Indigenous queer, trans, Two-Spirit, non-binary folx navigating the constellation of gender and sexuality, and Indigenous environmental activism as sacred spaces are being put in danger. The Native Indigenous Student Alliance is hopeful they will be heard and the issues they raise will gather support for their continued efforts.
Keep scrolling down to view all events for this month!
Open to the Auraria Campus and Community