Inspiring Native Youth

We host many cultural events and programs throughout the academic year that strive to build an inclusive and supportive community for Native and Indigenous students on campus. These initiatives also aim to educate the broader IU Bloomington community about the diversity of Native American cultural life and issues within contemporary Native communities. 

Native American Heritage Month

Each November, the First Nations Educational and Cultural Center honors Native American Heritage Month with programming designed to support Native students on campus, as well as educate the broader IU Bloomington community about the diversity of Native American culture.

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Siobhan Marks/ Zeegwun Noodenese, Native American Heritage Month Keynote Speaker
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Siobhan is a descendant of the Lac Courte Oreilles band of Lake Superior Ojibwe.
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Siobhan gave a lunchtime talk at the Center with the different eras of the strap dress on display.
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Students, Keisha Lipscomb and Lydia Curliss, helping Siobhan prepare her strap dress displays.

Lunch time speakers’ series

Inspirational conversations with experts who offer insight on unique cultural experiences and perspectives of Native peoples.

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10th Annual Native Film Series 2016
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11th Annual Native Film Series 2017
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Ribbon Skirt Workshop by Agnes Woodward (far right)

Artist workshops

Social and craft activities that bring together the campus community to promote an understanding of Native American history and the contemporary expression in material culture.

Annual Powwow

The quintessential contemporary Native social gathering shares and honors history, tradition, and Native American culture.