CGCC Celebrates Native American Heritage Month

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Crown Dancers at CGCC

Native American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements, traditions, languages, and stories of Native and Indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives. 

Our government recognizes 574 Native American tribes with a combined population of 9.7 million Native Indian and Alaskan Natives (2020 U.S. Census). In Arizona, there are 22 Nations, and within Maricopa County, there are four Indigenous communities – Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Gila River Indian Community, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and Tohono O'odham Nation. 

The Maricopa community creates welcoming and nurturing environments supporting students' academic journey. Established in 1995, our early college program, Hoop of Learning (HOL), has provided Native American high schoolers the advantage of earning college credit while enrolled in high school. HOL empowers Indigenous students to complete high school and successfully transition to college. 

Our nation is interwoven with the rich history and contributions of its Indigenous peoples. Native and Indigenous Americans and Alaska Natives continue to enrich and shape our country and communities. Join us in a variety of events to celebrate all month long. 

Monday, Nov. 13, 11:30am – 1pm, Williams Campus, outside Bridget Hall

Native American Heritage Month: World Kindness Day

To celebrate Native American Heritage Month and World Kindness Day, CGCC will be welcoming a group of Crown Dancers to perform Native dance. We will also be catering lunch from the Yellowman Frybread Food truck. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 14, 11:30am – 12:45pm, Pecos Campus, Agave 1240

Native American Heritage Month: Guest Speaker, Indigenous Grandmother, Pershehi Ami 

Guest speaker Pershehi (Persei) Ami is an Elder of the Hopi-Tewa, member of The Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona, creator and trainer of “I am Sacred” curriculum, works with the Phoenix Indian Center, and is a participant in the Hopi Tewa Women’s Coalition to End Abuse. 

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Wednesday, Nov. 15, 11:30am –- 12:45pm, Pecos Campus, SC 140

Native American Heritage Month: Decolonizing Native American Food History and Creating Food Sovereignty

CGCC will be welcoming Twila Cassadore who has been working with San Carlos Apache, White Mountain Apache, and Yavapai peoples for the past 25 years, conducting interviews with elders to bring information back into the community to address health and social problems. With the Western Apache Diet Project, Twila has documented the importance of foods like grass seeds and acorn seeds to the diets of Apaches before people were moved onto reservations and became reliant on rations, and later, commodities.

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Monday, Nov. 27, 10 – 11:00am, Pecos Campus, SC 140

Native American Heritage Month: Moving beyond the Frybread

CGCC is proud to welcome Alumni, Shane Burnette who will be presenting about Native Foods. He will take us through the history and evolution of different foods and the reasoning behind ingredients and many different recipes. 

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Tuesday, Nov. 28, 11:30am ­– 12:30pm, Pecos Campus (or Virtual), SC 140-144 

Native American Heritage Month: Indian Boarding Schools: The Path to Healing and Reconciliation 

Guest speaker Lakota Harden will be speaking from her personal experiences attending Indian boarding schools as a child and as a descendant of boarding school attendees. Lakota looks at the intergenerational impact of the boarding school experience for Native Americans. She examines the federal policies under which American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian children were forcibly removed from their family homes and placed in boarding schools.

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