UNC Pembroke hosts a variety of events and programs throughout the year that celebrates American Indian culture. Learn more about the events below. If you have questions about how to get involved, please contact us!
American Indian Academic Achievement Ceremony
Each Fall and Spring, graduating American Indian students are honored at the American Indian Graduation Ceremony. Families are invited to celebrate the special occasion as well. The ceremony usually includes Chancellor Cummings and First Lady Rebecca, American Indian faculty and staff, alumni, and elders from the community. All eligible students will be invited to participate. If you have questions about the event, please contact Dr. Ashley McMillan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Typically held in March, the BraveNation Powwow and Gathering is an opportunity to celebrate the rich history and culture of America's Indigenous peoples. This event is open to everyone! For more information and updates about the 2022 powwow, please visit here.
Honoring Native Foodways
Each November, the American Indian Studies department host the Honoring Native Foodways event in the UC Annex. The event brings together a group of dedicated elders and other volunteers to prepare and serve a variety of dishes featuring Indigenous foods cooked in the manner of some Indigenous or Native American peoples. To learn more, click here.
Native American Speaker Series
The series features nationally recognized American Indian scholars and artists who will delve into diverse topics and issues including Lumbee history, Native cuisine, health and wellness and Southeastern Native art.
Native Strong is an academic success program tailored specifically to American Indian students. The program typically takes place prior to the start of the semester, allowing students an opportunity to build a sense of community with other American Indian students, faculty, and staff. Incoming freshman will receive information to apply when the application opens in May. There is no charge to participate. For more information, read more.
The 2021 dates will be announced soon.
Strengthening our Ties: American Indian Learning Community
Students in Strengthening Our Ties (American Indian Learning Community) will be part of a unique community that focuses on the intellectual, spiritual, historical, cultural and political traditions of Native peoples. AILC students will discuss contemporary indigenous issues and engage in American Indian life, personal understanding, historical events and nurture conversation among a diverse group of students. This is a commuter-friendly, non-residential learning community that provides resources and support for first-year students to be successful at UNC Pembroke. During the Fall semester, participants take the following courses together in the AILC: Freshman Seminar and Intro to American Indian Studies. For questions about the AILC, please contact LeAnn Strickland Melvin at email@example.com. To learn more about learning communities, click here. If you will be a UNCP freshman for Fall 2021, you can apply for the learning community here.