Native-American Heritage Month


Although the first "American Indian Day" was declared by the State of New York in 1916, a month long recognition of Native Americans was not achieved until 1990. In that year, President George Bush declared the first National American Indian Heritage Month on August 3rd. His action was based on legislation presented by Senator Daniel K. Inouye (D-Hawaii) and Congressional Delegate Eni Faleomavaega (D-American Samoa).

The Purpose of National American Indian Heritage Month is to honor and recognize the original peoples of this land. The office of Native American Affairs has planned a month full of activities and events. Please contact the office with any questions at 575.562.2470 or


Native American Heritage Month Kick-off
Nov. 2, noon-1 pm
Campus Union (CUB) Lobby

Meet the Office of Native American Affairs. Pick up calendars, giveaways and flyers for the entire month of November.


Represent your Tribe Contest
Nov. 3, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Lobby

As a way to bring Native students together and to show off the amazing cultures that each person brought with them when they arrived to ENMU, Native American Affairs, is hosting a "Represent Your Tribe Poster Contest." All voting will be done by students, faculty, and staff with one vote per person. The winner will receive a scholarship of $50 and be recognized with their poster displayed at the Thanksgiving Banquet Potluck November 19th.


Constructing Native American Identities by different media
Nov. 4, 2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

Dr. Borios, Assistant Professor in Anthropology, will focus on the cultural construction of Native American identities and representations. Professor Borios will specifically look at how different popular media have depicted Native Americans, and how this has shaped people's ideas of what it means to be a Native American.


"Stranded at Sheep Camp" - Book Signing
Nov. 5, 2 p.m.
Campus Bookstore

Author and anthropologist, Karen Glinski, wrote a children’s book Stranded at Sheep Camp which follows the life of eleven year old Emerson and his summer at the sheep camp in Gallup, New Mexico. Her book will be sold and signed after the presentation.


Native Hip-Hop and Hoop Dancers
Nov. 9, 7 p.m.
Music Building (MB) Buchanan Hall

Frank Waln is a Sicangu Lakota, award winning artist with a BA in Audio Arts and Acoustics from Columbia College Chicago. He is from the He Dog Community on the Rosebud Reservation. Frank Waln is an outspoken artist who uses his music and performance to address colonialism, state violence and other issues that affect Indigenous people. Frank was one of the featured artists in MTV’s Rebel Music Native America episode which aired on MTV all over the world for Native American Heritage Month in 2014.

As world-renowned Hoop dancers, the Sampson Brothers, strive to promote Cultural Pride, Unity, and Hope through setting a positive example through Art, Education, and Dance.


Navajo Nation Scholarship
Nov. 10, 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Navajo Room

The Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship/Financial Assistance Crownpoint Agency, will be on campus to help Navajo students with the procedure of filling out the Navajo Nation Scholarship.


Veteran’s Day: Pocket Flag Project
Nov. 11, 6 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

With the collaboration of The 27th SOAOS Squadron of Cannon Air Force Base, the office will be hosting a “Pocket Flag Project.” Attendees will get to fold 300 American flags for current Military service men and women deployed, to have a little piece of home in their pockets while overseas. The flags will be shipped to Afghanistan and Iraq. Refreshments will be served.


Navajo Nation Scholarship representative
Nov. 12, 2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

Marcia Keegan, a published author of children's books who wrote almost 20 books mostly on Pueblo and Navajo culture. For Keegan, who is one of the Southwest's finest photographer/writers, recording the traditional ways of the Pueblo Indians of New Mexico has been a lifelong commitment.


Navajo Taco Sale
Nov. 16, Delivery between 4-5 p.m.
On-Campus delivery only – RSVP by Nov. 10th

Navajo Taco sales help raise funds for the office of Native American Affairs. Place your order for a Navajo Taco for $8 each and/or a Frybread $4. Navajo Tacos include: frybread, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.


Miss Photogenic
Nov. 17, 11 noon-1 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Lobby

One of the areas of the Miss Native American ENMU Pageant, contestants will compete in the Miss Photogenic Contest by making a poster of themselves representing their culture and tribe. These posters will be voted by ENMU faculty, staff, and students, one vote per person. Winner will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck.


Miss Native Pageant
Nov. 18, 6 p.m.
College of Business (COB), Becky Sharp Auditorium

Miss Native American ENMU is another honorable Queen title on campus. Miss Native American ENMU not only represents the Native American community on campus but their tribe and family, as well. There are four parts of competition: Miss Photogenic, Traditional/Contemporary Dress, Traditional/Contemporary Talent, and Public Speaking. Title and scholarship will be awarded to the winner on the night of the Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck.


Thanksgiving Banquet
Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Ballroom

Celebrate with Native American Affairs at our Annual Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck, the crowning of our new Miss Native American ENMU 2015-2016 and enjoy delicious food. Desserts are provided by guests. Deadline to R.S.V.P November 12th, no exceptions. This event will be the Grand Finale of Native American Heritage Month.