Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

Geo Neptune
Keynote Speaker: Geo Neptune

Monday, Nov. 14 | 6-7 p.m. | Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room ABC

Join us for our keynote speaker for Native American Heritage Month, Geo Neptune, who is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Indian Township, ME, and a master basketmaker, drag queen, activist, educator, and two-spirit—an indigenous cultural, spiritual, and gender role that holds the sacred space between masculine and feminine energies.  

Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion and the Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion.





Picture of two men holding each other

Film Screening: Wildhood (2021)

Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 6:15-8 p.m. | Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room ABC

Join us as we watch Wildhood.  A film about two brothers who embark on a journey to find their birth mother after their abusive father had lied for years about her whereabouts. Along the way, they reconnect with their indigenous heritage and make a new friend.


Wildhood Virtual Panel

Tuesday, Nov. 15 | 8 p.m. | Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room ABC

Join us as we connect with Lead Actor, Joshua Odjick and Producers Julie Baldassi and Gharratt Paon to discuss the film. 


Ongoing Initiatives and Resources

Miami Tribe Relations Office

Miami University carries the name of a Tribal Nation, and is located within the historic homelands of the Myaamia people. The special relationship between the Miami Tribe and Miami University started almost 50 years ago. Neepwaantiinki, the Myaamia word meaning “learning from each other," is a rich interpretation of “partners in learning," a phrase that Miami University and the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma have used for years to describe their reciprocal relationship. The Myaamia Heritage Logo references the traditional Miami Tribe art form of ribbonwork and symbolizes the unique relationship between the University and Tribe. At Miami, we celebrate this very unique partnership as we celebrate Native American History month. We encourage all Miamians to engage in dialogue and allyship with the Miami Tribe Relations Office. Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to learn more about the history of the relationship and to explore possible connections. Visit the Armstrong Student Center Shade Family Room panels of photos and the display cases in the 2nd floor Smucker Wiikiaami Room. To learn more, please contact either Kara Strass or Andrew Sawyer or call Miami Tribe Relations, 513-529-5648.

Myaamia Center

The Center, a Miami Tribe of Oklahoma initiative located within an academic setting, serves the needs of the Myaamia people, Miami University, and partner communities through research, education, and outreach that promote Myaamia language, culture, knowledge, and values.

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Neepwaantiinki: Stories from Myaamia Revitalization

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Neepwaantiinki ‘Learning from Each Other:’ Stories from Myaamia Revitalization discusses the almost 50-year relationship between the Miami Tribe of Oklahoma and Miami University, explores how the Tribe and university learn from each other, and explains how this relationship impacts the revitalization of Myaamia language and culture. Join hosts Kara Strass, Kristina Fox, and George Ironstrack as they explore their work at the Myaamia Center and their Tribal Nation’s revitalization efforts.

Past Events

Black and Indigenous

Experiences of Black/Indigenous Identity Panel

Recorded on Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm

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Join us for a discussion about what it means to be Black and Indigenous. What does it mean to hold these two identities? Hear from our panelists about their experiences and how their Black and Indigenous identities play out in their lives and in their communities.


  • Tony Mayle
  • Amber Starks

Panel discussion on Indigenous Identities

Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at noon


  • Dr. Cristina M. Alcalde, Vice President of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dasha Harris, Center for Student Diversity and Inclusion, Associate Director of Intercultural Initiatives
  • George Ironstrack, Assistant Director, Myaamia Center, Director Education Office
  • Kara Strass, Director, Miami Tribe Relations
  • Dr. Haley Shea, Myaamia Research Associate & Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, Miami University
  • Kristina Fox, Education Assistant, Myaamia Center
  • Jarrid Baldwin, Myaamia Language Coordinator, College of Education, Health and Society

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Christi Belcourt. The Wisdom of the Universe, 2014. Acrylic on canvas, Unframed: 171 × 282 cm. Purchased with funds donated by Greg Latremoille, 2014 (2014/6). © Christi Belcourt

"Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists"

Thursday, November 18, 2021 at noon

Miami University Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will host and view an exhibit with the Native American art curator at Philbrook Museum.

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Sonya Atalay

Repatriation, Reclaiming, and Indigenous Wellbeing: Braiding New Research Worlds

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Noon


Dr. Sonya Atalay, Provost/Professor at U Mass-Amherst

In this talk Dr. Atalay presents their current work on a series of land-based archaeology and repatriation projects utilizing a community-based participatory research approach with Indigenous youth and elders.

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