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National Native American Heritage Month 2022

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During November, Johns Hopkins SAIS and the university community is marking National Native American Heritage Month, a celebration of the many contributions Native Americans have made to the United States and the world.

Johns Hopkins University and the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) are deeply committed to the dignity and equality of all persons—inclusive of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, social class, physical ability, religion, military status, or political beliefs. We invite you to view our Diversity and Inclusion page to see how we celebrate the broad range of backgrounds and perspectives that enrich and strengthen our SAIS community. 

In October, we were honored to commemorate the school’s 5th annual Diversity Week, which commenced with the signing of the Pride Pledge.

Events Taking Place Around Washington, D.C.

Native American Heritage Program with Tony Duncan

November 25, 2022 | 11 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. | Washington, D.C. 
Visit our DC museum to learn about the meaning and history of hoop dancing in Native culture and enjoy demonstrations by five-time world champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan

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Events that took Place at Johns Hopkins University

Film Screening and Discussion—Remember the Children: Honoring the Missing Children of the Rapid City Indian Boarding School

November 10, 2022 | 4 p.m.  6 p.m. | East Baltimore Campus
Join the Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health in celebrating Native American Heritage Month 2022 with an exclusive screening of Remember the Children, produced by Jim Warne (Oglala Lakota). Warne will lead a discussion and Q&A following the film.

Please register in advance to attend virtually

Events that took Place Around Washington, D.C.

Native Veterans Procession and Dedication

November 11, 2022 | Washington, D.C., and Livestream
Join the museum in honoring the exceptional military service of Native Americans in a formal dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC. The dedication and processional will honor American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian veterans and their families. The procession and dedication will be livestreamed.


Weekend Celebration for Native Veterans

November 12 & 13, 2022 | Washington, D.C.
This two-day dedication of the National Native American Veterans Memorial includes performances by musical artists, presentation of colors by the Native American Women Warriors, hands-on activities, films, and a veterans hospitality suite. 

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2022 Native Cinema Showcase 

November 18 – 25, 2022 | Online
The National Museum of the American Indian’s Native Cinema Showcase is an annual celebration of the best in Indigenous film. Embracing their communities’ oral histories, knowledge and ancestral lands, Indigenous filmmakers are seeking guidance from the past and envisioning new paths for the future. The showcase provides a unique forum for engagement with filmmakers from Indigenous communities throughout the Western Hemisphere and Arctic.

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Film Screening: Imagining The Indian: The Fight Against Native American Mascoting

November 19, 2022 | 2 p.m. | Washington, D.C. 
Imagining the Indian is a comprehensive examination of the movement to eradicate demeaning and offensive words, images, and gestures in the world of sports. The film takes a deep dive into the issues through archival footage and interviews with those involved in the fight. The psychological research is clear: the use of Native American mascots is detrimental, not only to Native people but to marginalized groups everywhere.

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Fourth Annual Powwow Celebrates Indigenous Communities

To honor Indigenous Peoples' Day, the Johns Hopkins community held its fourth annual powwow event.

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