Native American Cultural Celebration

Native American Cultural Celebration 2019

Indigenous Peoples: Still Standing Strong

For thousands of years, Indigenous peoples have developed a wide range of customs, civilizations, and languages across North, Central, and South America. Despite being impacted by centuries of colonization, our strength has been defined by uplifting cultural traditions and continuing the fight for justice. Join the Native American Student Association and the James Farmer Multicultural Center to share in the rich culture of the Americas’ first people.

Movie Night: A Good Day to Die
Monday, November 11 | 6 pm | Colonnade Room 315, University Center

A Good Day to Die chronicles the life story of Dennis Banks, who co-founded the American Indian Movement (AIM) in 1968, to advocate and protect the rights of American Indians. The film provides an in-depth look at the history and issues surrounding AIM’s formation. The documentary also highlights the forced assimilation of Native Americans, neglect by government officials, and discrimination by law enforcement authorities.

Native American Cultural Dinner
Tuesday, November 12 | 5 pm | Dining at the Top of the UC, University Center
Co-sponsored by Campus Dining

Cost: 1 meal swipe, Cash /Credit /EagleOne $13.25 + tax

Native American cuisine is comprised of several regional cuisines throughout the United States, including Eastern woodlands, Northeast, and the Southwest.  Join the Native American Student Association and Campus Dining for the Native American Cultural Celebration Dinner at the Top of the UC. The menu will feature a vast array of Native American dishes!  .

Past. Present. Power.
Wednesday, November 13 | 6 pm | Chandler Ballroom A&B, University Center

The relationship between indigenous peoples and the United States has been marked by periods of conflict and efforts for reconciliation. This program will be a conversation on the evolving history, place, and power of Indigenous peoples in American society from the past to present. Presenters include representatives from the James Monroe Museum, National Museum of the American Indian, UMW Center for Community Engagement, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tribal Relations Office.

Man in Native American tribal attire plays a hand drum

Native American Cultural Celebration Keynote Speaker: Mark Tayac

Thursday, November 14 | 7 pm | Chandler Ballroom C, University Center

Mark Tayac is the 29th Generation Chief of the Piscataway Indian Nation. He is a frequent contributor to TV specials on the History Channel and the Discovery Channel and appears regularly at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.




For more information, please contact the James Farmer Multicultural Center at 540/654-1044 or visit our web page at