Message from Dr. McMillan regarding Indigenous Peoples' Day


Message from Dr. Ashley McMillan, American Indian Liaison to the Chancellor


As North Carolina’s historically American Indian university, UNC Pembroke proudly celebrates the resiliency, history and culture of Native peoples as well as their historical and contemporary contributions to society. It is to honor their significant impact and influence that North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper signed a proclamation recognizing the second Monday in October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day in our state in 2018.  

Without the vision and commitment of the American Indian leaders who advocated for educational opportunities for the American Indian people of Robeson County, UNC Pembroke would not exist today. Because of their foresight, the power, promise and potential of education have changed countless lives over the last 133 years. And it is great contributions like this that are at the heart of the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.   

As the only public, four-year institution of higher education founded by and for American Indians, UNC Pembroke honors our heritage by ensuring every graduate has the opportunity to gain a greater appreciation of the southeastern Indigenous communities that continue to greatly influence and shape our identity. 

I invite you to learn more about the celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day and to take time to explore the opportunities on campus to learn more about Native cultures and communities. 


Dr. Ashley McMillan, American Indian Liaison to the Chancellor