NACOGDOCHES, Texas –– The Stephen F. Austin State University Office of Multicultural Affairs will host a Native American Heritage Month Celebration beginning at noon, Nov. 10 in the Baker Pattillo Student Center Plaza on the SFA campus.
The event is free and open to the public. Those interested in viewing virtually can do so on OMA’s Instagram page, @omasfa1991.
“It is important for us to celebrate and educate ourselves about various cultures in the world, and it is specifically important for us to celebrate every demographic represented on SFA’s campus,” said Veronica Beavers, OMA director.
Native American Heritage Month gives the public an 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.
This year’s celebration will feature performances from the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas. The tribe operates a sovereign government with a full array of health and human services, including law enforcement and emergency services. The tribe comprises about 1,300 members with approximately half living on the reservation in Livingston.
“The goal is to learn about Native American culture. Specifically, at this event, participants will learn about the Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas,” Beavers said.
During the event, OMA representatives will be available to provide resources regarding Native American Heritage Month. Participants also can partake in raffles.
For more information about OMA, or to see a list of events, visit sfasu.edu/oma.