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The University of Missouri celebrates Native American Heritage Month every November. All events are free and open to the public. To add your program(s) to the list, please contact diversity@missouri.edu.

These events are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Education, Undergraduate Studies, Department of Sociology, Department of Communication, Department of Geography and Department of English.

October 28 at 6:00 p.m. in Jesse Hall Auditorium 

Apache Leap Advance Screening 

Apache artist Keane is forced into a desperate mission to find a job before a crucial deadline passes and his dreams evaporate, all while navigating family stresses, enemies from his past, and an unpredictable old car. Screening will be followed by a Q & A with Director Christian Rozier, Executive Producer Douglas Miles Jr., and Lead Actor & Producer Douglas Miles Sr. 

November 3rd at 4:00 p.m. at Memorial Union N204

Streaming on Zoom –  https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/92023705765

‘Missing and Murdered Indigenous Relatives: A Reckoning’

Corrine Grey Cloud will join us in conversation about Missing and Murdered Indigenous Womxn, Girls, and Two-Spirit relatives (MMIWG2S). This is a movement that advocates for the end of violence against Native womxn and draws attention to the high rates of disappearances and murders of Native people, particularly womxn, girls, and two-spirit relatives.

November 4th – Alex Redcorn at 4:00 p.m. at MU Student Center, 2205 A&B 

Streaming on Zoom – https://umsystem.zoom.us/s/98161508895

 “Liberating Sovereign Potential: Building Capacity for Native Nations in Education”

In the College of Education at Kansas State University, Dr. Red Corn (𐓷𐓘.𐓻𐓘.𐓻𐓟/Osage) serves as an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Coordinator of Indigenous Partnerships, Co-Chair of the Indigenous Faculty and Staff Alliance, Executive Director of the Kansas Association for Native American Education (KANAE) and Program Coordinator for the Qualitative Methods Graduate Certificate.  His scholarship and service are focused on building capacities for Native nations to take on a more prominent role in the education of their citizens.

November 8th at 4:00 p.m.

Virtual Event – https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/99307079468

‘Geographic Indigenous Futures’

In this talk Deondre Smiles, of University of Victoria, seeks to briefly explore the ways in which Geography as a discipline can make a break with our colonial past as we look to the future, embracing Indigenous environmental and geographic epistemologies in pursuit of what Indigenous scholars such as Leanne Betasamosake Simpson (2017) describe as radical, resurgent Indigenous politics connected to land and environment.

Thursday, November 11th at 2:00 p.m. in MU Student Center 1205 B

Beading Workshop Hosted by Four Directions Indigenous Peoples and Allies

Join Four Directions for a free workshop about one form of Indigenous beadweaving! We will be sharing about the cultural significance of beadwork for some tribal nations, and you will leave knowing how to execute some stitching methods and create non-culturally appropriative designs. Supplies will be provided for participants to make earrings. 

November 12th – Shelbi Nahwilet at 12:00 p.m.

Virtual Event  https://umsystem.zoom.us/j/98813146122

“I Guess This Won’t Be Heard For A Long Time…”: Ancestors, Archives, and Intergenerational Knowledge Transmission

Shelbi Nahwilet Meissner is a Payómkawichum/Kúupangaxwichem (Luiseño/Cupeño) assistant professor of philosophy at Georgetown University. Meissner’s areas of expertise are American Indian and Indigenous philosophy, feminist and non-western epistemology, and philosophy of language. Meissner teaches and writes about Indigenous knowledge and language systems, specifically how those systems relate to land, sovereignty, resistance, memory, feminism, intergenerational knowledge transmission, critical social work, and coalition-building. 

November 16th – Four Directions @ Ragtag 

7:00 p.m. at Ragtag Cinema – 10 Hitt Street 

Short Film Series

Four Directions + Ragtag Film Society Show Me Series: Indigenous Short Films

In a community partnership, Four Directions Indigenous Peoples and Allies with Ragtag Film Society will screen five Indigenous short films. After the screening, Four Directions will host a Q&A and panel conversation about Native American/Indigenous Nations, communities, cultures, and topics. The film and Q&A is free and open to the public. 

November 17th at 6:15 p.m. with Chuck Hoskin Jr.

Virtual Optionhttps://umsystem.zoom.us/s/92872350164

Location: School of Medicine; Bryant Auditorium

Chuck Hoskin Jr. was elected to serve as the Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, the country’s largest tribal government with more than 380,000 tribal citizens, in 2019. Prior to being elected Principal Chief, he served as the Cherokee Nation Secretary of State.

As Principal Chief, he has increased minimum wage at Cherokee Nation and Cherokee Nation Businesses and secured the largest language investment in the tribe’s history to expand Cherokee language education and preservation. Chief Hoskin also appointed the tribe’s first delegate to the U.S. Congress, doubled Cherokee Nation’s funding for career tech education, and established the Housing, Jobs and Sustainable Communities Act to repair hundreds of homes for Cherokees elders as well as public community buildings across the tribe’s reservation.

Additionally, as Secretary of State, Hoskin worked to secure funding from the federal government to fund a billion-dollar joint venture investment in better health care for all Cherokees. He has also served as Cherokee Nation’s strongest advocate on sovereignty protection.