Calendar of Events
Songs and Celebrations with SHKI BMAADZI DRUM GROUP
4:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3
Join Shki Bmaadzi drum group to kick off Native American Heritage Month at NEIU. The performance will include a special curated selection of songs by Shki Bmaadzi drum group.
The Issues CONFRONTING ANTI-BLACKNESS IN NATIVE SPACES With CHI-NATIONS
6-7 p.m., Monday, Nov. 8
Join Chi-Nations Youth Council in a discussion about the intersections of Black and Native identity and the legacy of anti-Blackness in Native spaces.
ROCK YOUR MOCS
All Social Media Platforms
Celebrate the 10th anniversary of Rock Your Mocs (RYM). RYM was founded in 2011 by Jessica "Jaylyn" Atsye of Laguna Pueblo. For the past 10 years, Native people from across the globe participate in this social media event. While RYM was originally on Nov. 15, the online phenomena is now a weeklong celebration. Using the hashtag #RockYourMocs, post your photo on Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, Instagram etc.)
STEReOTYPES SELL: UNDERSTANDING ANTI-INDIANISM IN CHICAGO WITH FAWn POCHEL
5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 17
Guest speaker Fawn Pochel (Saulteaux) will address some of the invisible challenges facing Chicago’s current Native community. Fawn will present on the emergence of “anti-Indian” sentiment as it has manifested in organized social movements and creation of new public art works.
Unsettling Chicago a Facilitated Walk with Indigenous ecology educator and activists Janie Pochel (Limited Space)
TBD, Main Campus
Learn about Chicago through an Indigenous lens. This event is a walk and talk. Walkers will learn how some local Native Americans are leading the fight to reclaim and repair their ancestral lands and waterways for the benefit of all. Throughout the event walkers and facilitators will explore social, political, environmental and cultural issues surrounding the urbanization of Chicago’s Indigenous landscape.
National Day of Mourning/Un-Thanksgiving Day
The National Day of Mourning is an annual protest organized since 1970 by Native Americans of New England on the fourth Thursday of November, the same day as Thanksgiving in the United States. It coincides with an unrelated similar protest and counter-celebration, Unthanksgiving Day, held on the West Coast.