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Join NAIPISA in celebrating Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month and the Native American, Indigenous and Pacific Islander Staff Association (NAIPISA) at UCOP invites all staff to participate in upcoming events.

To kick off the month at UCOP, NAIPISA will present Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: Why They Matter and Why They Are Not Enough on Monday, Nov. 1, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. (PT).

Two members of the UC President’s Native American Advisory Council will share information about land acknowledgment statements and will offer guidance on how writing and delivering land acknowledgments can be a practice for deepening understanding and bringing about justice for Indigenous communities.

  • Cutcha Risling Baldy, Ph. D., is an associate professor and department chair of Native American Studies at Humboldt State University. Her research is focused on Indigenous feminism, California Indians and decolonization. She received her doctorate in Native American studies with a designated emphasis in feminist theory and research from UC Davis. She is the author of a popular blog that explores issues of social justice, history and California Indian politics and culture. Cutcha is Hupa, Yurok and Karuk, and an enrolled member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe in Northern California.
  • Wallace Cleaves, Ph.D., is associate professor of teaching and associate director of the University Writing Program at UC Riverside, from which he received his doctorate in Medieval English literature. He has taught courses in Medieval, Renaissance, and Native American literature at Pomona College, California State University, Fullerton, and UC Riverside. He is a member of the Gabrielino-Tongva Native American tribe — the Indigenous peoples of the Los Angeles area — and is deeply involved with his tribe. He has served on the Tribal Council and is currently working to develop a land trust.

Register for Indigenous Land Acknowledgements: Why They Matter and Why They Are Not Enough and download an event flyer (Word doc).

UC and community events 

Sharing My Indigeneity: Native and American Indianness in the Americas
Virtual | Nov. 2, 5 p.m. (PT)
Sponsored by the Native & Indigenous Council at UC Berkeley, this panel will feature sharing on personal identity since childhood, and individual self-definition. What does it mean to be Indian, or Indigenous, or Native American? Join the Sharing My Indigeneity Zoom event here

Amah Mutsun Speaker Series with Professor Caitlin Keliiaa, Ph.D.: Settler Colonialism is a Sickness — How Federal Indian Health Failed Native Women
Virtual | Nov. 6, 1 p.m. (PT)
Caitlin’s talk will focus on Indian health among Native domestic workers in the San Francisco Bay Area in the 20th-century. She will examine tuberculosis cases in the Bay Area Outing Program and demonstrate the difficulties Native women experienced in accessing health care, especially tubercular care. Attendees will learn how the fickle benevolence of the Outing Program’s leadership intersected with federal negligence and the dangerous inadequacies of Indian health care services that cost Native women’s lives. She will trace the federal response — or lack thereof — to Indian health care and wellness, and closely analyze cases of Outing Program women who became critically ill. Caitlin will tie this analysis to our current experience in the COVID-19 pandemic, uncovering state violence shrouded as federal neglect and demonstrating how officials choose who they consider being deserving of health care. Register online for Settler Colonialism is a Sickness.

Indigenous Red Market
Oakland | Nov. 7, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. (PT)
The Indigenous Red Market began on the streets of Oakland, California. The Red Market features indigenous vendors and artists from around the country. Attend on the first Sunday of every month for native vendors, music, food and more! This event is free for all ages. Learn more about the Indigenous Red Market.

16th Annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K
Virtual | Nov. 14 – 20
Normally, the Annual Spirit of the Tribes 5K is hosted by the UC Riverside Native American Student Programs Office to honor Native American spirit and culture with a Saturday morning full of fun and exercise for students, family and friends. This year’s event has moved to a virtual terrain. Join from your neck of the woods to enjoy this fundraising event for UC Riverside student scholarships! Learn more about the Annual Spirit of the Tribes event and register to participate in the 5K.

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