In 1990, a joint resolution designated November as Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), nationally recognizing what had previously been state-designated holidays. Throughout the month, Americans are encouraged to recognize and uplift the innumerable contributions, both past and present, of Indigenous people.
∑¨«— ”∆Ķ‚Äôs student organization is dedicated to promoting Indigenous culture, raising awareness of Native issues, and providing a safe environment for Native and non-Native students. We spoke with members of NAIA to hear about how they‚Äôve found community here at Mason and their perspectives on the importance of NAHM.
Puerto Rican of Ta√≠no descent
BA in Foreign Languages, concentration in Korean
Piscataway and Rappahannock tribes
BS in Information Technology
Macarena De La Cruz Velasquez
BA in Criminology, Law and Society
Quechua Nation; Chichimeca, and Karankawa Kadla tribes
BA in Anthropology
Chickahominy Indian Tribe of Virginia
BA in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, concentration on interpersonal dynamics¬†
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