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Keep celebrating Native American Heritage Month with NAIPISA

November is Native American Heritage Month!

The UCOP Native American, Indigenous and Pacific Islander Staff Association (NAIPISA) kicked off the month yesterday with a special presentation on Indigenous Land Acknowledgements. You can keep learning about Native American Heritage throughout the month of November by attending upcoming virtual events hosted by other UC campuses and community groups: All UCOP staff are invited.

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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