Detail of Double saddle blanket, circa 1880. National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution. Cat. no. 15/9869.

Indigenous Heritage Celebration 2021

About

 

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

 

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

 

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

 

One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

 

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

 

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

 

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994.

 

(Source: www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov)

 

Events

November 1 - November 30

Anishinaabemowin "Word-of-the-Week"

online

 

Check out a new Anishinaabemowin "Word-of-the-Week" in November on MCC’s social media and website. Tune in to watch a quick video and learn something new about Indigenous culture at montcalm.edu/ihc or connect with us on Facebook.

 

This series is part of MCC's Indigenous Heritage Celebration during the month of November. 


November 23

12 noon - 1 p.m.

Teaching Thanksgiving

Sidney Campus

 

“Teaching Thanksgiving,” presented by MCC Instructor Seth Sutton, will outline and critique the historical myth of the first Thanksgiving and discuss the need to reframe contemporary thought about the true historical treatment of the Indigenous peoples of the continent. The event is Nov. 23 from 12 to 1 p.m. in room M210 in the Morford Building on MCC’s Sidney campus. 

 

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This event is part of MCC's Indigenous Heritage Celebration during the month of November. 


November 30

The Image Makers: A Conversation about Truth & Reconciliation

Online

 

“The Image Makers: A Conversation about Truth & Reconciliation” with Anishinaabeg Artist Darin Carbiere (Wabii-makoons // Little White Bear)on Nov. 30. Carbiere is a tribal member of the wikwemikong first nations reserve from Ontario, Canada, currently living in Price George, British Columbia. His work centers around truth and reconciliation and the historical traumas perpetrated against first nation and Indigenous peoples of this continent. This event will be a live broadcast/interview via Zoom and will be recorded and will be available at montcalm.edu/ihc following the presentation. Please check back for the time and link to connect to the online presentation.

 

This event is part of MCC's Indigenous Heritage Celebration during the month of November. 


CONTACT US
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Digital Arts Instructor Seth Sutton
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989-328-1008
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