Native American Heritage

In Celebration of Native American Heritage Month 2023

Event Evaluation

UNC Greensboro is located on land that has long served as the site of meeting and exchange amongst a number of Indigenous peoples, specifically the Keyauwee and Saura.

Additionally, North Carolina has been home to many Indigenous peoples at various points in time, including the tribes/nations of:  Bear River/Bay River, Cape Fear, Catawba, Chowanoke, Coree/Coranine, Creek, Croatan, Eno, Hatteras, Keyauwee, Machapunga, Moratoc, Natchez, Neusiok, Pamlico, Shakori, Sara/Cheraw, Sissipahaw, Sugeree, Wateree, Weapemeoc, Woccon, Yadkin, and Yeopim.

Today, NC recognizes 8 tribes:  Coharie, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Saponi, Haliwa Saponi, Waccamaw Siouan, Sappony, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee.

Acknowledgement by itself is a small gesture.  It becomes meaningful when coupled with authentic relationships and informed by action.  As a first step, acknowledgements can be an opening to greater public consciousness of Native sovereignty and cultural rights, a step toward equitable relationships and reconciliation.

Naming is an exercise in power.  Who gets the right to name or be named? Whose stories are honored in a name?  Acknowledgement of traditional land honors historic relationship with the land.

2023 Calendar of Events

This is an image of an events calendar of programs and celebrations taking place for Native American Heritage Month
This event calendar includes both UNCG and large-scale community events taking place off-campus!

Ameinahani: Centering Indigenous Ways of Knowing in Academic Research

Thursday, Nov. 2, 9:30am

Curry building, room 334

Ph.D. candidate, Nodia Mena, is a part of the Liminal Spaces of the Hispanic World Speaker Series organized by SPA 317 and the Dept. of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures.

Native American Heritage Month Celebration (Virtual)

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 9am-12pm

Virtual – Register Here!

Hosted by Tailored Plans, this Virtual NAHM Celebration will feature guest speakers from each of the 8 tribes in North Carolina.

NASA Interest Meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11am-1pm

EUC O62 (OIE space) | Big Boyz food truck @ Minerva

Join the Native American Student Association for a drop-in interest meeting from 11am-1pm! OIE will be hosting this interest meeting and Big Boyz Catering (a local, Native-owned business) will be providing food to the first 100 students!

Bring any questions you may have about joining NASA and come chat with current NASA folks! Reminder: you don’t have to identify as Native American to join the student organization.

28th Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration

Saturday, Nov. 18, All-day

NC Museum of History, Raleigh, NC

The American Indian Heritage Celebration, with support from its community partners the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs and the North Carolina American Indian Commission has been the culminating event in honor of American Indian Heritage Month in North Carolina for more than 25 years.

With a virtual Education Day on Friday and an in-person festival on Saturday, multiple demonstrations, presentations, and performances highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historic, and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina. The consistent theme and message of AIHC, as expressed by its Advisory Board, is visibility: Indigenous people are still here!

Native American Heritage Month Celebration for Guilford County Schools

Wednesday, Nov. 29, 6pm-8pm

Western Guilford Middle School | 401 college rd.

Join Guilford County Schools in a county-wide celebration of Native American Heritage Month! This event is free to all and will celebrate Native art, food, vendors, music, and dancing!

RSVP Here by November 17th

Check out these additional community events!

Guilford Native American Art Gallery 

Town Creek Indian Mound

Museum of Southeast American Indian 

Additional resources

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Connect with Guilford Native American Association

Did you know that Guilford County has one of 4 Native Associations in the state? This gives you a strong connection to the Native community of NC and the area.

GNAA also has an amazing art gallery! Visit their webpage to find out more: 

Get connected with GNAA via facebook or instagram!

Native American Student Association at UNCG

National Congress of American Indians

PBS Specials

NC Commission of Indian Affairs

One City, One Book program

Honor Native Land: A Guide and Call to Acknowledgement

As always – please reach out to Laura Pipe ( or Mrs. Nora Dial-Stanley ( if you need anything.

Turtle with cherokee rose and dogwood flowers and words Indigenous Safe Space in medicine wheel colors

Look for the Indigenous Safe Space sticker around campus!

Last spring, Simone Watkins led a group of faculty and staff in developing a network of advocates for Native students at UNCG. Look for this sticker on faculty and staff doors to find people dedicated to supporting you at UNCG.