Native American Heritage Month – also referred to as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month – is a time to intentionally pay tribute to the rich cultures, traditions, and contributions of indigenous people. The month also raises awareness of the ongoing challenges Native people continue to face. This year’s theme is “Our Nations, Our Stories: Reclamation through Education.”

The National Congress of American Indians shared, “The stories and unique histories of tribal governments are what connect our communities and people – but most often, they are told for us, rooted in misconceptions and half-truths. Through public education, we can reclaim the narrative and promote a shared understanding of Tribal Nations’ rightful place in the family of American governments.”

In that spirit, we acknowledge, with respect, the history of the land and iIndigenous people who made their home in Colorado long before our universities were established – and who continue to lead and influence the path and mission of the CSU System. CSU Global’s offices are located on Cheyenne, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, Arapaho, and Nuu-agha-tuvu-pu lands. 

This portrait, taken by Edward S. Curtis in 1910, depicts an “Arapaho maiden.” The photo comes courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Within the CSU System, Colorado State University’s Native American Cultural Center is hosting a month of programs and events focused on Indigenous history, culture, and food for Native American Heritage Month. With community programming extending beyond CSU and into the Fort Collins community, NACC is offering free events that are open to the public.

  • Nov. 9 and 10: The Aspen Grille, located inside the LSC Dining Center, will feature Native American lunch dishes with indigenous ingredients such as corn, strawberries, and tomatoes. Chef Ken Symsack will prepare dishes that acknowledge the importance of these foods. Reservations are encouraged in advance and can be made by calling 970-491-7006.
  • Nov. 10 and 11: Please join the NACC, the ACT Human Rights Film Festival, RamEvents, and the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery for a film viewing and panel discussion of Home From School: The Children of Carlisle. No reservations or tickets are required. The documentary will begin at 6:30 p.m. MT on both days. 
  • Nov. 16: The official Community Harvest dinner at the Arikara Farm has been adapted to an outdoor, drive-through event with optional socially distant activities. For more information, email Tiffani Kelly at tiffani.kelly [at]
  • Nov. 17: Diné artist JayCee Beyale’s work will be showcased at the Lory Student Center Duhesa Art Gallery reception from 4:30-6:30 p.m. MT and will feature comments from the artist at 5:15 p.m. MT.

CSU Global is proud to honor the importance of Native American Heritage Month.