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Gathering of Nations: Native American History, Identity, and Activism: Home

A Companion to 125th Anniversary Project "Celebrating N.A.T.I.O.N.S and Native American Student Activism at NIU."

Celebrating N.A.T.I.O.N.S and Native American Student Activism at NIU

Forward Together: Celebrating NIU’s Native American Past, Present, and Future

NIU Libraries' Research and Artistry Series Event on November 12th, 3:00-4:00 PM

Dr. Melissa Adams-Campbell (English) and Dr. Natalie Joy (History) will discuss their recent collaborations to draw awareness to Northern Illinois's Native peoples by crafting a Land Acknowledgment for NIU as well as researching NIU's former Native American student organization, N.A.T.I.O.N.S., for a virtual exhibit about the group's important events and activism within the greater DeKalb area.

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Native American Heritage Month Events

First Nations Film and Video Fest, Fall 2020

Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - Thursday, November 5, 2020 (All day)

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Chicago Public Library is proud to partner with the First Nations Film and Video Festival which has been bringing Native voices and filmmakers to Chicago since 1990. These films and documentaries celebrate Native American filmmakers whose work breaks racial stereotypes and promotes awareness of Native American Issues. Film screening dates and times can be found at FNFVF's Facebook page.

Adult Book Discussion: There There by Tommy Orange

Saturday, November 7, 2020, 2:00PM – 3:15PM

Online; This event takes place on Zoom. Register at least 24 hours in advance. You’ll receive an email with a link to the secure Zoom meeting about 24 hours before the meeting. By registering for this event, you agree to abide by the Library Use Guidelines.

Join the Bezazian Branch Book Club for a discussion of Tommy Orange's Pen/Hemingway award winning debut novel There There.

Conversation with Why We Serve Co-Author Alexandra Harris

Thursday, November 12, 2020, 2020, 2:00–3:00 PM

American Indian Museum

Online; register at

Join museum senior editor Alexandra Harris, co-author of Why We Serve: Native Americans in the United States Armed Forces, for a discussion about identity and the warrior stereotype of Native people serving in the military, as well as actual—and remarkable—traditions of peace and war within American Indian communities. Following Harris's talk, museum historian Mark Hirsch, Why We Serve co-author, will host a Q&A with attendees.

Native Communities and the Vote: Teaching about American Indian Voting Rights through Documents

Wednesday, November 18, 2020, 7:00—8:00 PM

National Archives Museum


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Join us in this webinar for educators and learn how to incorporate primary sources related to American Indian voting rights into your lessons. We will share activities and resources from the National Archives, and explore how to include discussions of evolving rights over time as related to Native Communities and the right to participate in Federal elections.

This webinar is part of our Native American professional development series. Each program features new resources for locating and using Federal records related to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native Cinema Showcase

Wednesday, November 18, 2020- Friday, November 27, 2020, 7:00 – 11:00 PM

National Museum of the American Indian

All films are available on demand; please check individual listings for dates and times of availability. Short-format films are grouped in programs and available concurrently at the listed time for each program.

The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Native film. This year, for the 20th-anniversary showcase, the museum presents the full program online, streaming new films, fan favorite classics, and conversations with filmmakers. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with Native filmmakers and stories from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.

Smithsonian Social Studies Online: Native American Heritage Month 

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 11:00 – 11:30 AM

National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution

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Join the National Museum of American History for an online exploration into key social studies topics, featuring museum resources from the Smithsonian. This episode will focus on Native American Heritage Month.

Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future—Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Thursday, November 19, 2020, 4:00 — 5:00 PM

National Museum of the American Indian

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Today many young people are returning to traditional food sources and sustainable ways of living through political action and sustainable practice. This November, join us in a conversation with young Native foodies working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities.