Events in Celebration of National Native American Heritage Month

Posted on 11/7/2019 10:07:43 AM

November is National Native American Heritage Month! In celebration, the Native American Awareness Council will host events of interest next week, November 12–15. All are open to the entire IUP community.

Tuesday, November 12, through Friday, November 15

Decolonial Cuisine

A culinary movement honoring the heritage of Indigenous America through their foodways and dietary choices. Indigenous America gave the world 3/5 of the crops now in cultivation, including corn, beans, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, peanuts, chili peppers, chocolate, and vanilla. Come to the Allenwood in Ackerman Hall for a special menu each day between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., November 12–15. Menu and pricing are available at This event is co-sponsored by NAAC and the Department of Hospitality Management.

Wednesday, November 13

MASS Lunch and Learn with the Native American Awareness Council

A special edition of the Multicultural Affairs and Student Success Lunch and Learn will feature guest speaker Carrie House. House is a Two-Spirit Navajo (Dine) and Onieda filmmaker, writer, and presenter of social justice issues, LGBTQ2, and cultural and environmental issues. This event will take place in the Elkin Hall Great Room from noon to 1:30 p.m. A free lunch is included for all students who wish to attend.

Thursday, November 14

Decolonize Thanksgiving Information Table

Visit this display in the Humanities and Social Sciences Building lobby between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Stories told about the first Thanksgiving often perpetuate harmful stereotypes and racism. Decolonize your Thanksgiving to go beyond the harmful “pilgrims and Indians” narrative and focus on common values: generosity, gratitude, community, and good food.

For further information about these events or the Native American Awareness Council, please contact chairperson Abigail Adams at 724-357-3932 or