NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
Native American Heritage Month is celebrated each November.
We celebrated the final day of Native American Heritage Month with our first Virtual [Urban Indian] Pow Wow!
November 30, 2020 | 3-4PM EST
E. KEITH COLSTON
Mr. Colston, of the Tuscarora and Lumbee tribes, serves as a cultural consultant for Native Americans/American Indians. Mr. Colston initiates and supports a wide range of activities that promote the welfare of Indian people and furthers the understanding of American Indian history and culture. Mr. Colston provides a forum for concerns of American Indian communities and serves as a vital liaison to state and federal agencies concerning cultural competency.
Opening/Closing Prayer song:
Xander is a descent of the Oglala Lakota, Peruvian and Bolivian Nations. Even at the young age of six, he is learning his native languages and traditional songs to inspire his peers. He is currently learning 3 languages in addition to English.
Angela Miracle Gladue, aka Lunacee, is a cree/Greek mother, dancer and beadwork artist from the Frog Lake First Nation. She started cultural dancing at the age of six and continued her dance career as a hip hop artist since 2003. Ms. Gladue has been invited to perform, teach, and speak to countless countries around the world and, pre-pandemic, toured as one of the lead dancers for A Tribe Called Red. Her work was recently featured at a space gallery in Toronto in an exhibition called “Thunderstruck: Physical Landscapes.”
Mary “Heather” Dismuke is an enrolled member of the Quapaw Nation and has been dancing in the powwow arena for a little over 10 years. Her favorite style of dancing is Old Style Jingle. Currently, Heather works for her tribe in Quapaw, Oklahoma as the Business Committee Executive Secretary. She holds a and a Bachelor’s in Arts in American Indian Studies from Haskell Indian Nations University and her Master’s in Public Administration in Tribal Governance from Evergreen State College.
Lance Fisher is a proud member of the Northern Cheyenne Nation of Montana (Tsétsėhéstȧhese). His Cheyenne name is Ma’heónenáhkohe, which translates to Medicine Bear. He is proud veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. He sings to honor traditions, inspire youth, and to celebrate life.
Michael Nephew is a citizen of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and of Seneca-Cayuga descent. He is a traditional dancer. He is a past President of the American Indian Society of Washington DC (AIS) as well as the American Indian Inter-Tribal Cultural Organization. He was also Secretary of the board for the Capital Hill Arts Workshop. Mr Nephew is involved in performing/video arts and has worked with Fairfax Cable Access Channel, Native American TV, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, Contemporary Arts Theatre Co., QBD Inc, Asian Stories in America, and other theatre companies.
Giovanna is a citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation and of Northern Peruvian descent. Giovanna’s Oglála side of the family is originally from the medicine root district of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. Her Peruvian side of the family is from the Department of Lambayeque. Giovanna is an advocate for youth, promoting keeping the culture, language, dancing, and history of our people for centuries to come.
Week 1: Native Vote
Week 2: Tribal Sovereignty
Week 3: Rights
Week 4: Culture
HEAR FROM THE NCUIH YOUTH COUNCIL ON WHAT NATIVE AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH MEANS TO THEM: