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Honoring Native American Heritage Month

Throughout November, Cal State San Marcos will be celebrating and recognizing the contributions of American Indians with a series of special events as part of Native American Heritage Month. 

CSUSM invites the campus community to honor Native American Heritage Month through the following events. 


Screening of ‘Native America’ 

Wednesday, Nov. 1, 6 p.m., USU Ballroom

Celebrate the power of Native American women by joining us for a screening of the popular PBS series “Native America.” Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion with special guests Arigon Starr, Betty Osceola, Jennifer Johns and Paige Bethmann.


Community Coloring Contest

Nov. 1-30

Pick up a coloring page at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, located in Social and Behavioral Science Building 1118. Coloring is from Nov. 1-15, with pages being dropped off at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center. From Nov. 16-30, people can vote for their favorites on the Instagram page of the American Indian Student Alliance (@csusm_aisa). A winner will be announced on Nov. 30 and given a prize. 


Read a Native American Children's Book Day 

Friday, Nov. 3

Indigenize your reading by checking out a Native American children’s book on the California Indian Education For All website


Represent Your Tribal Nation Day

Monday, Nov. 6

Dress in your tribal gear to represent your tribe.


Storytelling With Dr. Stan Rodriguez 

Tuesday, Nov. 7, 6 p.m., Serenity Circle (outside of SBSB) 

Enjoy snacks while learning about traditional Kumeyaay stories with Dr. Stan Rodriguez. 


Honor Our American Indian Veterans Day 

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Recognize and honor American Indian veterans on and off campus.  


Kumeyaay Bingo With Miss Kumeyaay

Thursday, Nov. 9, 5 p.m., SBSB courtyard

Come play bingo with Harmony Sweetgrass, this year’s Miss Kumeyaay Nation. Sweetgrass is the first Miss Kumeyaay Nation competitor from the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation, making her the first person from her band to hold the title in the pageant’s two-decade history. 

Rock Your Mocs Week

Nov. 13-17

During Spirit Week, we’re offering a positive opportunity to be united and celebrate tribal individuality and diversity by wearing moccasins. 


Tukwut Paint Night 

Tuesday, Nov. 14, 5 p.m., SBSB courtyard 

Come join a fun night of painting. All supplies are included. 


‘Spirit Rangers’ Marathon 

Wednesday, Nov. 15, SBSB 1118

Join us for a full day of watching the television show “Spirit Rangers.”


AISA Potluck

Thursday, Nov. 16, SBSB 1118

All American Indian students are welcome to stop by for a potluck sponsored by the American Indian Student Alliance. 


Read an American Indian Book 

Friday, Nov. 17

Read a book by an American Indian author.


Movie Day

Monday, Nov. 20, SBSB 1118

The CICSC will be showcasing the films “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” “Smoke Signals” and “Prey.”


Beadwork Day

Tuesday, Nov. 21

Rock all your beadwork, including medallions, earrings and lanyards. 


Ribbon Skirt & Shirt Day

Wednesday, Nov. 22 

Accessorize your wardrobe with your favorite ribbon dress or skirt. 


Cards for Decolonization Game Day

Monday, Nov. 27, SBSB 1118

Come play the game “Cards for Decolonization.”


Gourd Ornament Workshop 

Tuesday, Nov. 28, noon, SBSB courtyard

Decorate a gourd ornament to celebrate the holiday season. 


‘Dark Winds’ Marathon 

Wednesday, Nov. 29, SBSB 1118

Join us at the CICSC for a full day of watching the TV show “Dark Winds.”

Media Contact

Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist

ebreier@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-7314