Native American Heritage Month

The first American Indian Day was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” NAHM celebrates the unique, rich, and diverse cultures, traditions, histories and important contributions of Native peoples while raising awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to overcome these challenges. Inherent in celebrating Native American Heritage Month, is acknowledging the historical legacies and acknowledging the land that our institutions, hometowns, counties and states are on.

UMass Lowell celebrates, honors, and recognizes Indigenous People's Day and Heritage Month. Coordinated with partners across the UMass Lowell campus such as the History Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Native American Cultural Organization. 

UMass Lowell LibGuides: Native American History

  • Native American Heritage Lib GuideA collection of different education resources and items detailing the history of this month and its importance.
  • Pawtucket and Wamesit History: Markers, Plaques and Statues - A collection of artifacts, documents, images and writings from Native American settlements in the Greater Lowell. Artifacts found in Lowell in the collection of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology.
  • The 50th Anniversary of the Occupation of Alcatraz - Exploring the history and agents of the Occupation as well as the larger history of the Red Power Movement within the context of Native American and American history. A collection of educational resources dealing with Native American history and the arts.

OMA Land Acknowledgement

The Office of Multicultural Affairs would like to acknowledge that the land we live, work, learn and commune on is the original homelands of the Pennacook communities with the Pawtucket Village and Wamesit Village. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. Read more about this on our land acknowledgement page.

International Education Week

Celebrated from November 16 to November 20, International Education Week (IEW) is a national week created by the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Department of Education that celebrates the benefits of exchange and international education worldwide. All information and events regarding this can be found on the International Student Support page.

Fall 2022

  • Native Americans of New England: History, Colonial Legacies and Survival Talk - Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 12-1 p.m., UCC 370, the following discussion will explore the history of Native Americans in New England/ While we will not turn blind eye to the impact that colonization, dispossession, and racism had on the story of Indigenous people in the region, we will also explore Native American resistance, adaptation, and survival under often harsh and unfavorable circumstances. Moreover, we will examine some of the colonial legacies that still shape the views and (mis-) perceptions about Indigenous people to this day. 
  • Indigenous History and Culture Signage "Reveal": A Conversation - Monday, November 7, 2022 at 11:30-12:30 p.m., University Crossing 260B What to learn more about UMass Lowell's and the Greater Lowell's area Indigenous History and Native American Culture? What are these new signs and markers on campus? Join Tom Libby (Chief of the Greater Lowell Indian Cultural Association), Bob Forrant (History Department), Ingrid Hess (Art and Design Department), Deirdre Hutchison (student), Sarah McDermott (recent alumni), Taylor Szeto (student), and Christoph Strobel (History Department) in a conversation about this topic. 
  • Powerlands Documentary Screening - Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 3:30-4:45 p.m., O'Leary Library Room 222. "A young Navajo filmmaker investigates displacement of Indigenous people and devastation of the environment caused by the same chemical companies that have exploited the land where she was born. On this personal and political journey she learns from Indigenous activists across three continents." Sponsored by OMA, History, Political Science, and Social Departments, and supported by the Native American Cultural Organization and the History Club 
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