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Chief Lee Lockamy of the Nansemond Indian Tribe in Suffolk, Va., shows off Indian artifacts to students during a Native American Month celebration in Webb Center. Photo Chuck Thomas/ODU

Indigenous Heritage Month 2021 "Days of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion"

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The Office of Intercultural Relations is committed to raising awareness of the vast contributions that Native Americans have made to our Nation. We strive to create a culture of inquiry whereby the Monarch community can be engaged and obtain knowledge of events that shaped Native Americans' tumultuous history following the arrival of foreign settlers and delve into current cultural and social dilemmas that threaten their society. Furthermore, our programs, activities, and events will honor and celebrate the rich impact of Native people.

Native American Election 2020 News Wrap Up

  • Last November, Native Americans made history! Six Natives either won their race or was reelected for seats in the U.S. Congress. The winners include Rep. Deb Haaland of New Mexico, Rep. Sharice Davids of Kansas, Res. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma, Yvette Herrell of New Mexico, and Kaiali'I 'Kai" Kahele of Hawaii. These Election Day results gives the U.S. House a record number of voting Native members.
  • The Biden administration has nominated Haaland for interior secretary. If confirmed, Haaland will become the first Native American Cabinet secretary.
  • Kansas State Rep. Christina Haswood became the third Native American woman representative in her state. At 26 years old, she is also the youngest member in Kansas legislature. Haswood has used social media application, Tik Tok as a means to provide insight on Navajo tribe culture
  • Indigenous Americans activist, Allie Young, used social media to spread voting awareness amongst Native Americans through her "Ride to the Polls" program. To maintain a connection between Native American culture and voting, Young lead groups on horseback along a 10-mile route through Navajo Nation to closest polling location in Arizona.



During November OIR's programs, activities displays and events celebrate and raise awareness of the traditions, languages, and lived experiences of Native Americans and ensure the rich histories and contributions are authentically presented. During this month, Monarchs will have opportunities for a time of reflection and exploration of issues facing Native people beyond discourse on mascots and casinos.


Virginia’s 11 officially recognized tribes

Fun Fact!

ODU Libraries has access to numerous Native American primary sources dating back to 1492 through the American Indian Histories & Cultures database and original recordings of traditional and current Native American music through Music Online: American Music. For more information, contact the Social Sciences Librarian, James Rhoades at jrhoades@odu.edu

Books Available through ODU Libraries

Learn more about Virginia’s 11 officially recognized tribes at the following link

The Native American Experience [ebook] by Dee Brown

When the Rain Sings: Poems by Young Native Americans by the National Museum of the American Indian

Search for more books through Monarch OneSearch at www.odu.edu/library


What Is Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

Native American History Timeline


News Stories

The Term 'American Indian,' Plus Ethnicity, Sovereignty, and Identity

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