Carthage is proud to recognize Native American Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the rich and diverse histories, cultures, traditions, and important contributions of Native people.
While national efforts were made to recognize Indigenous groups during the turn of the twentieth century, it wasn’t until 1990 that President George H. W. Bush observed the first National American Indian Heritage Month as a month-long celebration. A proclamation was issued in 1994 to include Native American Heritage Month and National Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month as part of the November celebration.
We recognize that the Carthage College campus sits on lands that historically were held by Potawatomi communities. We encourage our community members to listen, reflect, and become more informed about Indigenous people for our commitment to equity and inclusion for all.
Carthage students attend a Powwow event hosted by Northwestern University as part of a cultural field trip.
Carthage’s Native American Heritage Month events
The Office of Equity and Inclusion is hosting several events that encourage conversation and celebration in honor of Native American Heritage Month.
Wednesday, Nov. 4
Indigenous Cultures and Voices
Noon-1 p.m., Virtual — Join us on Zoom
This event honors Indigenous cultures and voices by examining Native languages used during the interwar period, youth experiences, and cultural expression.
Thursday, Nov. 12
Java & Justice: A Conversation with Clementine Bordeaux ’06 on Native American Mascots, Carthage College, and What It Means to be Native American in 2020
7-8 p.m., Virtual — Join us on Zoom
You don’t want to miss the newly revamped Java & Justice series! The podcast-style program invites Carthaginians to join in and listen to Clementine Bordeaux ’06 on Thursday, Nov. 12, who will discuss Native American mascots and what it means to be Native American in 2020.
Tuesday, Nov. 17
Embracing a Tradition of Storytelling
4-5 p.m., Virtual — Join us on Google Meet
Storytelling and oral traditions are widely regarded as traditions that shape Native American history and culture. During this event, we will discuss how storytelling can encompass narratives that are viewed as truthful accounts of events in the past.
Wednesday, Nov. 18
Native American History Cuisine
11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., the Caf
Join us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month in the Caf! Sodexo will feature menu items like wild boar and bean soup, pumpkin bisque, salmon cakes, and spaghetti squash with pesto among many other cuisine options.
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Learn more about Native American history
Staff at Hedberg Library pulled resources from our print book collection to highlight Native American Heritage Month.
If you are on campus, please take a moment to browse the titles on display inside the entrance of the library and maybe even borrow ones that interest you. Visit the library’s website for more information on library resources.
Kenosha Public Library
Throughout the month of November, the Kenosha Public Library is celebrating Native American Heritage Month. Families with children can choose a book from the displays dedicated to Indigenous children’s book authors in each of the library’s branches. The library’s Intersections Book Club for adults lists books, movies, and TV shows that highlight Native American characters and experiences on their webpage for November. You can also see a curated list of books for the whole family on Kenosha Public Library’s website.
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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources
We live and work in a richly-diverse world. At Carthage, we strive to enhance the diversity and equity of our community and together to create an ever more enlightened and inclusive environment that will positively impact the world. The Carthage academic community is committed to fostering integrity, civility, and justice. Aiming to learn from each other, we reject all forms of prejudice and discrimination toward underrepresented groups.
Learn more about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion efforts at Carthage
- Native American Heritage Month website, powered by the Library of Congress
- Wisconsin First Nations
- Citizen Potawatomi Nation
- Milwaukee Public Museum — Learn about Potawatomi history