Celebrate Native American Heritage Month with us!


Native American Heritage Month is celebrated annually in November to acknowledge the history, culture, the achievements, and contributions of the Native American People. 

What started at the turn of the century as an effort to gain a day of recognition for the significant contributions the first Americans made to the establishment and growth of the U.S., has resulted in a whole month being designated for that purpose.

Beginning 1913, Native American Heritage Month was initially observed as American Indian Day. One of the very proponents of an American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, who was the director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y. He persuaded the Boy Scouts of America to set aside a day for the “First Americans” and for three years they adopted such a day. In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association meeting in Lawrence, Kans., formally approved a plan concerning American Indian Day. It directed its president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe, to call upon the country to observe such a day. Coolidge issued a proclamation on Sept. 28, 1915, which declared the second Saturday of each May as an American Indian Day and contained the first formal appeal for recognition of Indians as citizens.

The year before this proclamation was issued, Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian, rode horseback from state to state seeking approval for a day to honor Indians. On December 14, 1915, he presented the endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House. There is no record, however, of such a national day being proclaimed.

The first American Indian Day in a state was declared on the second Saturday in May 1916 by the governor of New York. Several states celebrate the fourth Friday in September. In Illinois, for example, legislators enacted such a day in 1919. Presently, several states have designated Columbus Day as Native American Day, but it continues to be a day we observe without any recognition as a national legal holiday.

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including “Native American Heritage Month” and “National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been issued each year since 1994. (Adapted verbatim from: https://www.nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/about.html)

Glendale Community College Land Acknowledgement

Glendale Community College is located on the ancestral homeland of the O'odham Jewed, Akimel O'odham (Pima), and Hohokam. Arizona itself is home to 22 Federally Recognized Tribes and thousands of Indigenous People. To learn more about the the various 22 Indigenous Tribes, please visit: https://www.azed.gov/oie/22-federally-recognized-tribes-arizona

Map of Native American Tribes in Arizona.

Map of Native American Tribes in Arizona (Retrieved from Arizona Department of Education: (https://www.azed.gov/oie/22-federally-recognized-tribes-arizona))

Native American Tribes in Arizona

Ak-Chin Indian Community 

Cocopah Indian Tribe 

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Fort Mojave Indian Tribe

Gila River Indian Community

Havasupai Tribe

Hopi Tribe

Hualapai Tribe

Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians

Navajo Nation

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Pueblo of Zuni

Quechan Indian Tribe

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

San Carlos Apache Tribe

San Juan Southern Paiute

Tohono O'odham Nation

Tonto Apache Tribe

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Yavapai-Apache Nation

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Tribe

 Calendar of Events

 November 1-29, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Festive Food Wednesdays with the GCC Palms Cafe Flyer. November 1 - 29, 2023 from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the GCC Cafeteria. Native American Food Sale on Wednesdays.

Festive Food Wednesday 

Join us for Festive Food Wednesdays with the GCC Palms Cafe. Each Wednesday, the GCC Cafeteria will be selling a variety of Native American Food options to celebrate Native American Culture.

 November 7, 2023 | 11:30 a.m. | SU 104 ABC

Join us as Ms. Talahongva discusses her lived experience with the American Indian Boarding School System in Phoenix, AZ. 

Please note this presentation will be live streamed on the GCC Livestream Youtube Channel. See the link below. 

A Discussion with Patty Talahongva

About the Presenter:

Patty Talahongva is Hopi. She comes from the villages of Walpi and Sitstomovi on First Mesa in northern Arizona. Her clan is Corn. She is an award winning journalist. Her work can be seen in museum's including the Heard Museum in Phoenix and the Penn Museum in Philadelphia. She also produced and directed a documentary on American Indian Code Talkers in WWII for the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. She is currently writing a book on her family’s experience at the Phoenix Indian School which she also attended. It will be published by Legacy Lit an imprint of Hachette Book Group in 2025. She is also working on an investigative documentary for the PBS program Frontline.

You can follow her book project on Instagram @indianschoolroad 

November 14, 2023| 11:30 a.m. | SU 104 ABC

Native American Heritage Month Presentation with Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya followed by the Highway of Tears Film Screening flyer. November 14, 2023 at 11:30 a.m. in SU 104ABC.

Join us as Ms. Imus-Nahsonhoya discusses the Missing & Murdered Indigenous People's crisis in Arizona followed by a Screening of the film, "Highway of Tears"

Please note this presentation will be live streamed on the GCC Livestream Youtube Chanel, but not the film. 

A Discussion with Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya

About the Presenter:

Valaura Imus-Nahsonhoya (Hopi) is the Arizona Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Coordinator, Tribal Affairs, Office of Governor Hobbs. Founder and Executive Director of Honwungsi Consulting Services, LLC.Previous Director of Community Engagement, ASU Research on Violent Victimization, Associate with the National Criminal Justice Training Center of Fox Valley Technical College, and Study Coordinator for the Arizona State Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples Task Force. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Promotion from Northern Arizona University and Masters in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis in Legal Studies from Grand Canyon University. 

With over 20 years of progressive experience augmented by a strong background in victim service program development and implementation, including policy development. Grant proposal writing and financial management. Effective in coordination and collaboration of major events. Subject matter expert, educator, and trainer on victim service implementation, human trafficking, domestic violence, sexual violence, Missing & Murdered Indigenous People, and other related topics. Her partnerships expand throughout the United States, Canda, and Alaska to assist with improvements of advocacy, health and wellness of Indigenous People

November 14 - 30, 2023 | Virtually on YouTube!

Native American Heritage Month pre-recorded cooking session with Oliva Joe from Native Health flyer. November 14 - 30, 2023 on YouTube. Please see the link below.

Join us for a pre-recorded cooking session with Olivia Joe from Native Health and learn how to cook Blue Corn Mush. 

Pre-recorded Cooking session with Olivia Joe from Native Health

About the Presenter:

Olivia is a full-blooded Navajo (Dine) woman who grew up in Northern Arizona and moved to Phoenix as she got older. Olivia is a dedicated and accomplished Food Pantry Assistant at NATIVE HEALTH, where she has been a valuable team member since 2021. With many years of experience in her field, childhood education and food distribution, she brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the team.


She is known for leading and presenting food demonstrations, youth classes, and organizing events. She has a proven track record of engaging the community in her classes and providing the community with food resources. 


Outside of work, she is currently working on a degree in Elementary Education and ways to serve the Indigenous Community.

About Native Health:

NATIVE HEALTH started in 1978 as a small community nursing program. The agency has grown over its forty year history to offer a full array of health care and social services throughout the Phoenix metropolitan area.

To learn more about Native Health, please visit: https://www.nativehealthphoenix.org/about-us/history/

November 15, 2023 | All Day on Social Media

Native American Heritage Month Flyer for Rock Your Mocs on November 15. All Day on Social Media.

Take a picture or video wearing your moccasins and post on social media with the hashtag #ROCKYOURMOCS and tag us @gccaz and @gccslifeleadership

Rock Your Mocs

What is Rock Your Mocs?  

Established 2011, Rock Your Mocs, is best described as a worldwide Native American & Indigenous Peoples virtual unity event held annually and during November National Native American Heritage Month in the U.S.A. During the Rock Your Mocs, people wear their moccasins, take a photo, create a video or story, add the hashtag #ROCKYOURMOCS and upload to social media. This creates “an online photo album” for the world to see and enjoy. Rock Your Mocs is wherever you are and also, individuals, organizations, businesses, schools, museums and tribes are taking the initiative to create their own independent local events too!

Why: A positive opportunity celebrate tribal individuality united by wearing moccasins. We honor our ancestors, and indigenous peoples worldwide, during Rock Your Mocs events and commemorate National Native American Heritage Month

Adapted Verbatim from: https://rockyourmocs.org/sample-page/

November 27, 2023 | 10:00 a.m. | SU 104 E

Native American Heritage Month Celebration with Emile Eich flyer. November 27, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. in the Student Union Building, Room 104 E.

Join us as Emile delivers a talk about her role as former 1st Attendant to Miss Indian Arizona, an ambassador position that represents the 22 federally recognized tribes that reside within the state of Arizona. Additionally, she will share information about the various Native American tribes here in the Southwest and about her traditional talent, how to dye wool using plants from her family's home on the Navajo reservation.

A Conversation with Emile Eich

About the Presenter: 

Emile Eich is a tribal member of the Navajo Nation and her family is from Wide Ruins, AZ. Emile graduated from NAU in 2019 with a B.S. in Psychology with University Honors. 

She is currently working full time as a data analyst at ASU Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and is pursuing a Master's of Science at ASU in Program Evaluation and Data Analytics.

Emile also served as Miss Indigenous Northern Arizona University and 1st attendant to Miss Indian Arizona, her duties within these roles include serving as an ambassador on behalf of the Native American student population at NAU and later the 22 federally recognized tribes within the state of Arizona.

Please note: This event is sponsored by the Glendale Community Colleges' Diversity Committee. 

November 28, 2023 | 12:30 p.m. | Student Union Building

Native American Heritage Month Celebration with Tony Duncan flyer. November 28, 2023 at 12:30 p.m. in the Student Union Building.

Join us for an afternoon of Native American Flute and Hoop Dance Performance.

Native American Flute & Dance Performance with Tony Duncan

About the Presenter: 

Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache and Mandan Hidatsa Arikara) is an internationally recognized World champion hoop dancer, fancy dancer, flutist, and singer. With his wife Violet (Plains Cree of Kehewin Cree Nation & Taino), they raise their 4 children in the cultures of their ancestors.

Tony has performed around the world, toured with Nelly Furtado, won several Native American Music Awards, and is a 5-time World Champion hoop dancer. He has performed for former First Lady Laura Bush and appeared on MTV, The Tonight Show, and others.

Recommendations showcasing members of the Native American Community

GCC Native American Heritage Month Reading List

GCC Native American Heritage Month Reading List. See the Transcript for a list of books.

Infographic listing Glendale Community College's Native American Heritage Month's Reading List

GCC Native American Heritage Month Reading List Transcript

#NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women ed. by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale

A Day with Yayah by Nicola Campbell

All Our Relations by Winona LaDuke

Almanac of the Dead by Leslie Marmon Silko

An Afro-Indigenous History of the United States by Kyle Mays

An American Sunrise: Poems by Joy Harjo

Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir by Deborah A. Miranda

Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse

Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir by Ernestine Hayes

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Carry by Toni Jensen

Carry: A Memoir of Survival on Stolen Land by Toni Jensen

Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko

Chester Nez and the Unbreakable Cod: A Navajo Code Talker's Story by Joseph Bruchac

Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac

Crazy Brave: A Memoir by Joy Harjo

Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land by N. Scott Momaday

Everything You Wanted to Know about Indians But Were Afraid to Ask by Anton Treuer

Fry Bread: A Native American Family Story by Kevin Noble Maillard

Give Me Some Truth: A Novel with Paintings by Eric Gansworth

Lakota Woman by Mary Crow Dog

Little Big Bully by Heid E. Erdrich

Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubeshig Rice

My Heart Is a Chainsaw by Stephen Graham Jones

Prudence by David Treuer

Rez Life by David Treuer

Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City by Tanya Talaga

Talking Leaves by Joseph Bruchac

The Grass Dancer by Susan Power

The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer

The Heartsong of Charging Elk by James Welch

The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America by Thomas King

The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline

The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich

The Translation of Dr. Apelles by David Treuer

There There by Tommy Orange

Trail of Lightning by Rebecca Roanhoarse

Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac

Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Jerry Ellis

We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans & Comedy by Kliph Nester-off

WHEREAS: Poems by Layli Long Soldier

Why Indigenous Literatures Matter by Daniel Heath Justice

Winter in the Blood by James Welch

Native American Resources in the Valley

Learn about what Indigenous Land you are on.


Learn about Native American Reservations


Listen to authentic Indigenous music


Listen to music by Indigenous Canadian artists

Indigenous Canada

Listen to music by Native American artists

Native American Musicians You Should Know

Business and Restaurants:

For questions regarding Native American Heritage Month, please contact the Student Leadership Center at 623.845.4617.

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