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USD Native Student Services Hosts Native American Heritage Month Series

Native American Heritage Month at USD USD Native Student Services will host several events throughout November in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

VERMILLION, S.D. – In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the University of South Dakota Native Student Services (NSS) presents several events, speakers and films throughout November to pay tribute to the ancestry and traditions of Native Americans.

“Native Student Services is proud to offer such a diverse range of programming for Native American Heritage Month,” said NSS Director Marisa Cummings. “As the state’s flagship institution, we pride ourselves on building capacity, awareness and solutions for issues that affect Native communities across the state of South Dakota and in the region.

“I am excited to offer collaborative programming with Native American studies, the art department, the School of Education, the criminal justice program, USD Howard Hughes Medical Institute Inclusive Science Initiative, the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health and the Center for Diversity and Community,” Cummings added.

All events are free and open to the public. To learn more, visit the NSS website.

Full list of events:

Nov. 1

Native American Heritage Month kickoff
Muenster University Center Pit Lounge – 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 5

Tanaya Winder Lunch and Learn “Heartwork: Find Your Fire”
Native American Cultural Center - 12-2 p.m.

Tanaya Winder lecture “Remember Her: We are Still Singing”
Farber Hall - 5-6:30 p.m.

Nov. 7

Harvest potluck and traditional food practices program
Native American Cultural Center (NACC) - 5-7 p.m.

Nov. 8

Annita Lucchesi lecture: “Mapping the Missing”
Farber Hall - 4-5 p.m.

Nov. 8-9

MMIW Interactive Community Quilting Project Kick-Off
NACC - 6-8 p.m.
Participatory workshop concludes Nov. 9.

Nov. 9

“Silent No More” film and panel
MUC Ballroom 225 - 6-8 p.m.

Nov. 15

“Ohiyesa: The Soul of an Indian” film
Farber Hall - 7-8 p.m.

Nov. 27

H'upahu Duta (Redwing Thomas) lecture: “Dakota Revitalization and Song”
MUC Ballroom - 6-7 p.m.
Round Dance Social – 7:30 p.m., MUC Ballroom


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News