Students at Indigenous Peoples' Day

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. 

American Indian Heritage Month Calendar of Events

Date/Time Event Location

November 1

11 am -1 pm

Grand Opening of the Curt & Catherine Locklear American Indian Heritage Center Old Main Quad

November 3

11 am -1 pm

Honoring Native Foodways

Sponsored by American Indian Studies & Southeast American Indian Studies

Honoring Native Foodways has four central goals: to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November; to help UNCP students, faculty and staff honor, understand, and sample foods that are indigenous to the Americas; to emphasize healthy foods that have been part of traditional Indigenous diets for centuries, and that can still be easily prepared today; and to cultivate campus and community collegiality through that experience we all enjoy: eating! Since this is a potluck event, we would like to ask participants to prepare dishes that incorporate healthy local foods. Learn more here

University Center Annex

November 3

6:30 p.m.

Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls March (MMIWG)

Sponsored by Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Inc. and Sociology Department

The Missing and Murdered Indigenous women and girls justice walk will occur during the first week of native American heritage month. Students are encouraged to wear red in support of the cause. This walk is hosted by the sisters of the beta chapter of Alpha Pi Omega Sorority Incorporated and Dr. Vargas's Gender and Society Course. 

University Center Annex

November 8

10 am - 3 pm

Deep Roots, Strong Ties Recruitment Event

Sponsored by Undergraduate Admissions, Lumbee Tribe of NC, AIHC and Campus Engagement & Leadership

This college preparatory and higher education networking event is designed to encourage a sense of belonging and promote cultural impact for future university students.  Featured workshops include an introduction to the admissions process, deciding upon an academic major, getting engaged for a successful collegiate career, and cultural presentations. Registration is required. Email for more details. 

Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC)

November 8

7 pm

An Evening with Harjo & Means

Sponsored by Campus Engagement & Leadership, Lumbee Tribe of NC, AIHC and Campus Engagement & Leadership

Sterlin Harjo, writer and director of the popular FX series Reservation Dogs, will join award-winning actor and comedian Tatanka Means for ‘An Evening with Harjo & Means’ at UNC Pembroke. Harjo and Means will appear at Upchurch Auditorium inside the James A. Thomas Hall. The fireside-style chat will begin at 7 p.m.

The event is free for faculty, staff and UNCP students with student ID. Admission is $10 for guests. For tickets, call 910.521.6361 or visit

James A. Thomas Hall, Upchurch Auditorium

November 11

12 pm - 2 pm 

The Warrior Tradition: Film Showing & Discussion

Sponsored by AIHC and Academic & Military Outreach

The Warrior Tradition documentary shares the untold stories of Native Americans who served in the U.S.military. Special guests, Ashley Lomboy of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe and Danny Bell of the Lumbee Tribe of NC and Coharie tribe will join us for a discussion of the film and their experiences as natives in the military. Registration is required, sign up here. Lunch will be provided. 

American Indian Heritage Center (2nd floor, Old Main)

November 12

4 pm

American Indian Heritage Football Game

Sponsored by UNCP Athletics and the Town of Pembroke


Grace P. Johnson Stadium

November 15

11 am - 2 pm

American Indian Heritage Month Lunch

Sponsored by Sodexo

Enjoy lunch in the dining hall as Sodexo showcases traditional American Indian foods in honor of American Indian Heritage Month.

Dining Hall

November 16

9:30 am & 12:30 pm

Lumbee Tribe’s Celebration of American Indian Heritage (K-8 students)

Sponsored by Lumbee Tribe of NC and AIHC

The Lumbee Tribe of N.C. will celebrate American Indian Heritage with a special event at Givens Performing Arts Center. There will be 2 sessions; one at 9:30 am and the second one at 12:30 pm. The event is open to students in Kindergarten through 8th grade. The event will include Native Dance, storytelling and traditional Arts and crafts. Please contact GPAC to reserve seating, 910-521-6361 or

Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC)

November 16

7:30 pm

Guest Artist Recital: Connor Chee (Navajo Pianist)

Sponsored by the Music Department & American Indian Studies

Navajo pianist and composer Connor Chee is known for combining his classical piano training with his Native American heritage. Chee made his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12 after winning a gold medal in the World Piano Competition. A graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music, Chee’s solo piano music is inspired by traditional Navajo chants and songs. Chee has released 4 studio albums of original pieces and piano transcriptions of Navajo music. The Navajo Piano won Best Instrumental Recording at the 16th Annual Native American Music Awards, and his piece “Beginnings” won Best New Age Song. The event is free and open to all. 

Moore Hall

November 17

1 - 2 pm

Tay Sugeh Owîngeh: Village of the Narrow Place of Cottonwood Trees with Laura Kaye Jagles

Tay Sugeh Owîngeh is the Tewa name that describes the Village of the Narrow Place of Cottonwood Trees, located ten miles north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. T’owa is the name the Pueblo people call themselves in the Tewa language. T’owa originated from Puebloan Ancestors, who once inhabited Mesa Verde in Colorado and Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico. T’owa are among eight Tewa speaking tribes in northern New Mexico, where at least ninety Pueblos existed before the arrival of the Spaniards in the 1500s. Surviving under Spanish rule, the Mexican government, and eventually the United States, the T’owa are few Native American tribes in the U. S., who still inhabit their ancestral homelands, which contributes to the sustainability of their languages, cultures, and traditions. Laura Kaye Jagles will share aspects of her Tesuque Pueblo heritage with UNC-Pembroke attendees. Register here to receive the link to this virtual session. 


November 21

12 - 2 pm

Friendsgiving & Recipe Swap

Sponsored by AIHC

Join us for a time of fellowship and food prior to the Thanksgiving break. Students are asked to bring a favorite recipe to share with the group. Potluck dishes are not required, but encouraged. Students must register to participate. Register here.  

American Indian Heritage Center, (2nd floor, Old Main)