Native November 2022

November is Native American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. A presidential proclamation in 1990 first designated National Native American Heritage Month (also called Native November). Each year, the UW–Madison campus cultivates a diverse portfolio of events in recognition of this important heritage month.

This year’s theme, Beyond an Acknowledgement, is a call for the campus community to go beyond simply learning and acknowledging Indigenous history. Rather, it urges all of us to genuinely recognize current issues, resoundingly celebrate successes, and unyieldingly commit to a better future. The Indigenous Student Center Coalition (ISCC) has planned a series of events this year to advance that goal.

This year’s robust programming is a new effort coordinated by the ISCC, which is led by Indigenous student organization members and the Indigenous Student Center program coordinator. The six student organizations represented on the ISCC are housed in the Center. They include Wunk Sheek, American Indian Science & Engineering Society, Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc. – Lambda Chapter, MadTown Singers, Indigenous Law Student Association, and Tribal Libraries, Archives, & Museums.

Find year-round events on the
Tribal Relations website

In their own voices

Ada Deer, seated, with interviewers standing behind her, laughing together.

A new oral history project commemorating the 50th anniversary of UW’s American Indian Studies program tells a turbulent story of student activism amid national upheaval.

Join the conversation on social media using #UWNativeNovember

Special thanks to all of the student organizations that came together to organize this Native November series.



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