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November is American Indian Heritage Month at CSUSM

By Margaret Chantung

California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) celebrates American Indian Heritage Month in November. This month-long series of events is designed to showcase the culture, heritage, history and contributions of American Indians through different mediums and perspectives. The following events are sponsored by the CSUSM American Indian Student Alliance, the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center at CSUSM, the CSUSM Civility Campaign, the CSUSM Office of the Tribal Liaison, the CSUSM Department of Native Studies, CSUSM Student Life and Leadership and the CSUSM Cross-Cultural Center.

American Indian Heritage Month Kick-Off: Celebration of Song and Dance

Tuesday, Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the University Student Union

Enjoy a performance by bird singers, drummers and dancers and wear your green Civility T-shirt or learn how to earn your own!

Open House at the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center

Friday, Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in SBSB 1118

The California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center (CICSC) is a welcoming place for students, faculty, staff and members of all tribal communities. Come out and meet the students and staff of the center, the first of its kind in the state of California, focused on serving the unique needs of American Indian students by conducting original research and preserving the cultural heritage and languages of tribal communities.

American Indian Myth Busters: Ask an American Indian Day

Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center - SBSB 118

Second Annual San Diego American Indian Film Festival

Thursday, Nov. 20 – Saturday, Nov. 22

The San Diego American Indian Film Festival (SDAIFF) is offering audiences in San Diego County the finest work in American Indian film and media on an annual basis. The SDAIFF will highlight the best of current films from American Indian filmmakers, producers, directors, and actors working through Indian Country.

Watch the SDAIFF's promotion reel below and then visit the official website or Facebook page, for more information and tickets.