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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. 

March Events

Please sign up for all events on the AIHC's BraveConnect page. 

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UNCP Lunch at NC Indian Unity Conference

March 8

11:45 AM - 1:15 PM

Hilton Charlotte University Place

Planning to attend the NC Indian Unity Conference? Join us at the UNCP luncheon! The event is free and seating is first come first served. 

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BraveNation Powwow Planning Committee

Thursday, March 14

Friday, March 22

AIHC Conference Room or virtual

3-4 PM 

Interested in helping with the 2024 BraveNation Powwow & Gathering? All faculty, staff, and students are invited to serve on the powwow planning committee as we work to plan the largest university powwow in NC!

Haliwa-Saponi Tribal Visit

Friday, March 15

7:30 AM - 4:00 PM

Join us as we visit the Haliwa-Saponi Tribe. Immerse yourself in their vibrant culture, meet esteemed community members, and gain insights into their impactful contributions. Lunch is provided. Limited to 12 students. RSVP here.

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TechTalks: American Indian Professionals in Tech

March 19

3-4 PM, virtual

Join us as we welcome American Indian professionals in the tech field as they share the stories behind their path to the field and insights on navigating a successful career in technology. Register here

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2024 BraveNation Powwow & Gathering

Saturday, March 23

12-6 PM, Jones Athletic Center

Everyone is invited to join the BNPG as we celebrate the rich history and culture of America’s Indigenous peoples. The powwow and gathering features competition dancing, various vendors including arts and crafts, informational and food. This is an alcohol and drug-free event. Last year, the BNPG had over 2,200 people in attendance for the largest college powwow in North Carolina. 

April Events

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Indigenous Power Hour: Cooking Indigenous Foods Demo

Tuesday, April 2

4-6 PM

Chancellor's Residence

Let’s learn from dietitian, Joy Hunt, on how to prepare a healthy meal using Indigenous ingredients. This event is open to all UNCP students and only 15 spots are available. Register here

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End of the Semester: Day of Play

Thursday, April 25

4-6 PM

Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center

Join the AIHC as we celebrate the end of the semester with fellowship, fun, and food! All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend. Additional details will be provided as the event approaches.

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American Indian Graduation Ceremony

Tuesday, April 30

6-8 PM


Spring 2024 graduates are invited to attend the American Indian Graduation Ceremony. All eligible students received an invite to the ceremony in early March. Participants will receive a special stole and certificate for their participation in the ceremony. If you have questions, please contact James Rudd ( 

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