Native November

November is Native American Heritage Month, a month dedicated to celebrating the rich and diverse culture, history, and contributions of Native people. Holding its origin with a weeklong celebration during November 23–30, 1986, a proclamation was passed in 1990 to designate the entire month of November as National Native American Heritage Month. Each year, Wunk Sheek and campus partners host a series of events across the university to celebrate the rich history, culture, and heritage of Native people at UW–Madison.

Wunk Sheek, founded in 1968, is an organization that serves students of indigenous identity and members of the UW–Madison community interested in indigenous issues, culture, and history. Wunk Sheek gives students of indigenous identity: A way to socialize with one another. A way to connect with other UW–Madison student organizations. A way to represent indigenous communities to the wider UW–Madison community.

Hundreds attended the flag-raising ceremony on Bascom Hill on November 5, part of the University’s ongoing commitment to educate the campus community about First Nations history and to recognize the land as its ancestral home of the Ho-Chunk. Photo by Jason Weiss

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UW–Madison’s celebration of Native November includes many student-led events, along with a new position supporting Native and Indigenous students.

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