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Native November

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. Wunk Sheek, the Multicultural Student Center (MSC), and their campus partners will be hosting a series of events across the university to celebrate the rich history, culture, and heritage of Native people at UW–Madison.

Additionally, UW–Madison is excited to welcome Mary Louise Defender Wilson (Dakotah/Hidatsa) as the Fall 2019 Elder-in-Residence. The Elder-in-Residence Program, a partnership between Student Affairs, the Nelson Institute, and the American Indian Studies Program, seeks to strengthen partnerships between tribal nations and the university, provide all students with access to crucial cultural resources, and improve retention and recruitment rates for Native students by hosting Native elders on campus for educational exchanges. Mary Louise Defender Wilson is a nationally renowned traditional Dakotah/Hidatsa elder, storyteller, and traditionalist enrolled at the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North Dakota.

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Members of the Ho-Chunk Nation are pictured during a dedication ceremony for the “Our Shared Future” plaque on Bascom Hill on June 18, 2019. The plaque acknowledges the university occupies ancestral Ho-Chunk land; it will serve to educate the campus community and visitors. Photo: Bryce Richter / UW–Madison

Special thanks to the Native November Planning Leadership


Wunk Sheek Native American Student Organization