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American Indian Heritage Center

In August 2020, The University of North Carolina at Pembroke was awarded a $1.5 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Education's Native American Serving Non-Tribal Institution Program.  The five-year grant was awarded to build upon the university's ability to serve low-income and American Indian students. The grant proposed the creation of an American Indian Heritage Center (AIHC) to centralize programming for American Indian students at UNCP. The AIHC will provide cultural, social and academic program for American Indian students as well as educational programming for non-Native faculty, staff, and students. 

The AIHC is housed on the 2nd floor of Old Main.

The American Indian Heritage Center would like to congratulate the 182 American Indian students who are graduating from UNC Pembroke this spring! Way to go Class of 2021!

Upcoming Events

Past Events

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Do not stress - take a break!

Join the American Indian Heritage Center staff for donuts, coffee, and other snacks as we celebrate the end of the spring semester. We will also have free study materials for you! Stop by Old Main 245 anytime between 10:00am-12:00pm on Tuesday, May 12th. We look forward to seeing you!

2021 American Indian Graduation Ceremony

The 2021 American Indian Graduation Ceremony will be held on May 17th from 6:00-8:00pm. Only students who have registered will be able to attend. *Registration deadline has passed.

If you are unable to attend the ceremony, you can pick up your American Indian Scholar stole during the week of May 10th. More details to be shared with students via email. 



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Meet Your Peeps

Stop by the University Center (UC) patio from 12-4pm on Wednesday, April 28th to connect with American Indian student organizations on campus and meet faculty/staff. Celebrate the upcoming LDOC with grape ice cream (while supplies last)! 

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Jesus & Therapy: Can We Have Both?

Join us for a virtual panel discussion about the relationship between religion and mental health in American Indian communities. Can we have a relationship with Jesus and a therapist, or are they mutually exclusive? Don't miss this engaging conversation with insight from a local American Indian pastor and mental health professionals. The event will take place on April 22, from 2-3:30pm. Register at uncp.edu/jesustherapyregister. 

Zoom link: uncp.edu/jesustherapyzoom

Meeting ID: 944 7060 5131 Passcode: 843905


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National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Southeast Regional Virtual Meeting

UNCP faculty, staff, and students are invited to join Dr. Connie Locklear (Director of the Robeson County Indian Education Program) for an opportunity to learn about the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) on April 20th from 12-2pm. Participants will learn of opportunities to get involved with the national organization and meet NIEA members from the Southeast Region. Register at uncp.edu/niearegister. 

Zoom Link: uncp.edu/nieazoom

Meeting ID: 952 2272 5724  Passcode: 553065


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Mindfulness Monday

Non-traditional students are invited to join us virtually on April 19th to learn how to achieve balance as a student and manage stress. Dr. Michele Fazio will lead a discussion and meditation activity from 2-3pm. Students can also pick up a stress relief kit during the week of April 19-23 in Old Main 245. 


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Indigenizing Higher Education Through Indigenous Narratives and Praxis with Dr. Robin Zape-tah-hol-ah Minthorn

April 13, 2021, 12-1:30pm

Join us for this FREE virtual event to learn how to better support American Indian students in higher education. Open to all UNCP Faculty & Staff. 

Missed it? Find the recording here.


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Resume Writing Workshop & Professional Headshots 

The UNCP Career Center and the American Indian Heritage Center will be hosting a Resume Writing Session and Professional Headshot Session.

The virtual resume writing session will be held on April 7 from 12 - 1 pm.  Register at uncp.edu/resumeregister; Webex link for resume session at uncp.edu/resumesession. 

The professional headshot session will be held on April 14 from 10 am - 2 pm. Limited slots are available and are by appointment only. Email the Career Center at career@uncp.edu for appointment times.

For more info, contact: 910.775.4663 or myia.reyes@uncp.edu


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"An Evening with Indigenous Women in STEM"

To celebrate Women's History Month, the American Indian Heritage Center presents "An Evening with Indigenous Women in STEM." The event will take place virtually on Thursday, March 11th from 6:00-7:00pm. Panelists will include:

Ashley Lomboy: Global Information Security Manager, Corning Optical Fiber and Cable

Heather Oxendine: Initiative Management Manager, Duke Energy Corporation

Liz Cummings: Director of IT Support Services, UNC Pembroke

Kindra Locklear: Program Manager, Arctic Information Technology

Summer Montez: Field Technician, Verizon Business Group

Audrey Oxendine: Chief, Energies and Utilities Branch, Fort Bragg US Army

***To register for this event, please complete this brief form

Virtual Paint & Pop Night with the American Indian Heritage Center

Take a break from studying and enjoy a fun night of painting with Ms. Tonya Jacobs. Participants will be provided snacks and all materials. Registration is limited to 25 students. To register, complete this brief form

Deadline to register: March 22

Dates for supply pick up: March 22 and March 23 

Supply pick up location: 252 Old Main

Questions: email Myia Reyes at myia.reyes@uncp.edu 

UNC Pembroke: Opportunity, Access, and Success for Native American Youth

Thursday, February 25, 2021

10:00am-3:00pm (virtual)

Register here

Individuals who work with American Indian youth are invited to learn more about why The University of North Carolina at Pembroke is the institution of choice for Native students interested in higher education. Participants will learn about the history of the institution, gain admission and financial aid information, hear from current American
Indian students, discover the resources available to support American Indian students and much more.

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Grab & Go Goody Bags 

February 17, 2021