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UCO Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Series of Events

A traditionally-dressed Native American performer performs

Nov. 4, 2019

Media Contact: Sarah Ward, Communications and Marketing Coordinator, UCO University Communications, 405-974-2106, sward24@uco.edu 

UCO Celebrates Native American Heritage Month with Series of Events

The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a series of events on Central’s campus.

The month of events kicks off with keynote speaker Rebecca Nagle at 2 p.m. Nov. 6 in Nigh University Center (NUC), Ballroom A. Nagle, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is an award-winning advocate and writer focused on advancing Native rights and ending violence against Native women. She is the host of the podcast, “This Land” which focuses on treaty rights and tribal sovereignty in Oklahoma. Nagle’s address will focus on this year’s Native American Heritage Month theme, “Resiliency of Native People.”

Other Native American Heritage Month events include:

  • Diabetes Awareness and Cooking Class, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Nov. 14, NUC 201: Join the Native American Student Association (NASA) for a discussion on the diabetes epidemic within the Native American community and learn cheap and easy ways to eat healthier through simple and affordable recipes. 
  • Miss Native American UCO, 7 p.m., Nov. 16, Constitution Hall, NUC: Miss Native American UCO is a time to honor and recognize Native American culture and to celebrate women for their academic achievement, community involvement, talent and knowledge of Native American heritage and current events.
  • Mascots: How They Affect Native Identity, 6-7 p.m., Nov. 19, Mary Fallin Room, NUC 304: Join NASA and the UCO National Association for the Advancement of Colored People for a discussion regarding Native American mascots and how they affect those who identify as Native American.
  • Movie Showing: Te Ata, 6 p.m., Nov. 20, Liberal Arts South, Room L01: Te Ata is based on the inspiring, true story of Mary Thompson Fisher, a woman who traversed cultural barriers to become one of the greatest Native American performers of all time. The showing is sponsored by the Chickasaw Nation.
  • Native Fit Class, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 21, NUC 300: Join NASA for a lesson on self-defense. 
  • Heroes of Heritage: Native American Heritage Month Speaker, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Nov. 25, Heritage Room, NUC 326: Sponsored by the UCO Veteran Higher Education Resource and Opportunity Center (VetHERO) and Central Veterans, the event will highlight a veteran who identifies with the Native American demographic. The speaker will share stories and unique experiences that will inspire the next generation of leaders.

All events are free and most are open to the public. For a complete schedule or more information about Native American Heritage Month at Central, visit www.uco.edu/nahm.

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Cutline: The University of Central Oklahoma will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with a series of events on Central’s campus. Pictured here, a performance during the 2018 Native American Heritage Month kickoff event.