25th Annual Indigenous Peoples Week at HSU

Humboldt State University

HSU – Humboldt State University American Indian faculty, staff and students will host the 25th Annual Indigenous Peoples Week Monday, Oct.  8 to Friday, Oct. 12. HSU events and activities are focused on Indigenous issues, ideologies and methods. 

Indigenous Peoples Week challenges the idea that Christopher Columbus “discovered” America and a reminder of the atrocities and injustices against Natives of the Americas. HSU’s effort to find an alternative celebration to Columbus Day across the California State University system has been part of a nationwide movement. In 1992, Berkeley, California, became the first U.S. city to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day instead of Columbus Day. As of 2017, nearly 60 cities across the country have embraced Indigenous Peoples Day, according to Time. 

Below are the week’s events:

Monday, Oct. 8   

• Noon, UC Quad

Indigenous Peoples Week Kickoff

• 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Goudi’ni Gallery   

Honoring Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women

Indigenous students, faculty, staff will be wearing red 

• 5 - 7 p.m., Native Forum (BSS 162)   

Finding Dawn screening and discussion

Acclaimed Métis filmmaker Christine Welsh puts a human face on a national tragedy – the epidemic of missing or murdered Indigenous women in Canada. Discussion led by Native American Studies faculty. 

Tuesday, Oct. 9

• 10 a.m., KRFH (105 FM)

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women student panel discussion 

• 3 - 5 p.m., Native Forum (BSS 162)

More Than a Word documentary and discussion 

This documentary analyzes the Washington, D.C., football team and their use of the derogatory term R*dskins. Using interviews from both those in favor of changing the name and those against, More Than A Word  presents a deeper analysis of the many issues surrounding the team’s name. It also examines the history of Native American cultural appropriation. Discussion led by ITEPP staff.  

Wednesday, Oct. 10

• 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Goudi’ni Gallery 

“Sing Our Rivers Red” Sewing Circle 

The Sing Our Rivers Red (SORR) is a traveling earring exhibit aimed at bringing awareness to the epidemic of missing and murdered indigenous women and colonial gender-based violence in the United States and Canada.  SORR events strive to raise consciousness, unite ideas, and demand action for Indigenous women, girls, Two Spirit people who have been murdered or gone missing, tortured, raped, trafficked, and assaulted, and who have not had the proper attention or justice. Participants will have an opportunity to sew donated earrings onto a blanket for the next phase of this traveling exhibit.

 • Noon - 1 p.m., Brero House 93

Indian Teacher and Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP) Open House

• 5 - 6 p.m., Native Forum (BSS 162)  

Native American Rangelands

Guest lecture by Delane Atcitty, Director Indian Nations Conservation Alliance 

 Thursday, Oct. 11 

• 1 – 4 p.m., Goudi’ni Gallery 

“Sing Our Rivers Red” Sewing Circle (description above)

• 4 - 5:30 p.m., Native Forum (BSS 162)  

Dancing on Tears: Tribal Resilience 

Discussion with Vincent Feliz, Kishan Lara-Cooper (Child Development), and Ellen Colegrove (Child Development)  

 • 5:30 - 7:30 p.m., Native Forum (BSS 162)  

The Eagle and the Condor

Film screening and discussion with Rain Marshall (Native American Studies)

 • 7 p.m., KHSU  

“Thursday Night Talk – Race Beat”

Friday, Oct. 12

• Noon - 1 p.m., Walter Warren House #38

Indian Natural Resources, Science & Engineering Program (INRSEP)  Open House

• 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Goudi’ni Gallery

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

Database and mapping with Allie Hostler and Annita Luchessi


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