NACOGDOCHES, Texas — The Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs is hosting “Where We Stand: A Celebration of Native American Heritage” from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 10 at the Baker Pattillo Student Center Multimedia Room.
The event is free and open to the public, but due to COVID-19 guidelines, only a limited number of people will be allowed to attend in person. Others can participate virtually on Zoom or Instagram Live via OMA’s Instagram page, @omasfa1991.
“This celebration aims to raise awareness about indigenous cultures and their struggles while highlighting actions that students, faculty and community members can take to ensure that the indigenous community is being respected, supported and protected,” said Andrea Flores, OMA student ambassador.
The event features information about tribal communities at the national and local levels.
“We will explore topics related to the foundation of our country, the societal understanding of Native Americans and the tribes local to East Texas,” said Jasmine Hassan, OMA student assistant. “Through our interactive and educational activities, attendees will take away valuable information that we hope will create a positive climate in our community.”
Native American Heritage Month gives American indigenous people the opportunity to express their concerns and find solutions for building bridges of understanding and friendship in their local areas. The celebration also recognizes the significant contributions the first Americans made to establish and grow the United States. Former U.S. President George H. W. Bush established the commemorative month in 1990.
To register to attend in person or via Zoom, visit sfasu.edu/oma.