Bemidji State University Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month

Badge: 2018-23 Strategic Plan: Priority 2Throughout the month of November, faculty, staff and students at Bemidji State University will join together to pay tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans during National Native American Heritage Month. Bemidji, named after the Ojibwe word meaning “Lake that traverses another body of water” is fortunate to experience a dynamic local culture and history, located between the three largest American Indian Nations in Minnesota – Leech Lake, Red Lake and White Earth.

Bemidji State is home to American Indian students from across Minnesota and its neighboring states, as well as from New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Idaho and Canada. The month-long celebration is a time to recognize the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of Native American people and to acknowledge the important contributions they have made and continue to make in our current world.

National Native American Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate others about the unique political distinction of tribal nations, to raise a general awareness about the challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present and the ways in which they have worked to conquer these challenges.


Bill Blackwell Jr., executive director of the American Indian Resource Center (AIRC), Bemidji State University,, (218) 755-2032


Bemidji State American Indian Resource Center
Native American Heritage Month

Schedule of Events:

6-8 p.m. Nov. 1 – “Integrating Culture and Language into Curriculum,” Mr. Ricky White, superintendent of The Circle of Life Academy (COLA) on the White Earth Nation, AIRC.

4-6 p.m. Nov. 2 – 4th Annual Council of Indian Students Feast for the Homeless, AIRC.

6-8 p.m. every Wednesday until Dec. 12 Ojibwemowin: Ojibwe Language Table, AIRC.

11:30a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 8First generation college student day, Upper Lakeside lounge.

6-8 p.m. Nov. 8Colin Cash presentation about recovery, AIRC.

5 p.m. Nov. 9 & 10Traditional Native American moccasin making class, Niganawenimaanaaig program, AIRC.

5 p.m. Nov. 13 & 20Traditional Native American Beading class, Niganawenimaanaaig program, AIRC.

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