VP of DEI Reflections: Native American Heritage Month

2022-11-15T06:57:51-08:00

John Trudell, Santee-Dakota activist/poet, in referencing the term Native American once said that “We are not Indians, and we are not Native Americans, We are older than both concepts. We are the People, We are the Human Beings.” That statement stands today as we celebrate Native American Heritage Month, not because it questions the use of terms, but rather it is because it centers the humanity, self-determination, agency, voice, and knowledge of First Nation peoples. Without this acknowledgment, we are bereft of any deep connection to one another, adrift in a sea of imaginings that are unmoored from the Indigenous [...]