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. This year's heritage month theme is "Spirit of the People". 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


Title: Fearless Warrior- Kick-Off
Date: Friday, Nov. 1
Time: 12:00 p.m.
Location: Campus Union Building (CUB) Lobby
Description: Celebrate Native American Heritage Month Kick-Off with a Fear Factor themed Game Show hosted by Jacob Lee, office assistant. Test your warrior ability by eating!! Are you up for the challenge? Check the Native Affairs table to see all the exciting events and giveaways.


Title: Navajo Taco Sale
Date: Monday, Nov. 4
Time: Delivery from 3-5 p.m.
Description: Place your order for a Navajo Taco for $8 each and/or a Frybread $3 each by Oct. 31. All proceeds will go toward the Miss Native American ENMU scholarship. Navajo Tacos include: frybread, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.

Title: Sherry Robinson: The Lipan Apaches - Book Signing
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 5
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia Room
Description: Sherry Robinson, an award-winning journalist, is the author of Apache Voices and El Malpais, Mt. Taylor and the Zuni Mountains. The Lipan Apaches are some of the least known, least understood people in the Southwest. For a small group, the Lipans had an outsized impact through three centuries. They were as clever, fearless, and resourceful as the better known Chiricahua Apaches. Their descendants live at the Mescalero Apache Reservation in southeastern New Mexico and in Texas, Oklahoma and Mexico.


Title: Navajo Nation Scholarship Assistance
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Navajo Room
Description: Ms. Winoma M. Kay, Sr. Financial Aid Counselor Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship/Financial Assistance Crownpoint Agency, will be here on Campus to help Navajo students with the procedure of filling out the Navajo Nation Scholarship.

Title: Frybread Cook-Off
Date: Thursday, Nov. 7
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Family and Consumer Science Building Kitchen
Description: First ever Frybread cook off!! Contestants will compete to see who has the best frybread making skills. Contestants will be judged on taste, texture, and overall skill. Prizes will be given to the 1st place. Applications are available in the Native American Affairs Office. Deadline to apply is: November 1!


Title: Veteran's Day: Native Americans in the Military by Shanna Pacheco
Date: Monday, Nov. 11
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: COB Room 109
Description: Staff Sergeant Shanna Pacheco of the Kiowa tribe, will be presenting about the history of Native Americans in the military and their accomplishments. And also take the audience through her own journey as a Native American woman in the military.


Title: Miss Photogenic Competition
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 12
Time: 12 p.m.
Location: CUB Lobby
Description: 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 judged by votes ENMU faculty, staff, and students. Winner will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck.


Title: Miss Native American ENMU Pageant
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 13
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: Becky Sharp Auditorium
Description: 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 rewarded to the winner on the night of the Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck. Applications are available at the Native American Affairs Office. Deadline is October 28.

Title: Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck
Date: Thursday, Nov. 14
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: CUB Ballroom
Description: Celebrate with Native American Affairs at our Annual Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck. Enjoy live entertainment by the Delbert Anderson Trio, the crowning of our new Miss Native American ENMU 2013-2014, honoring of the Native American Graduates, and amazing food. Desserts are provided by guests. Must RSVP with the Native American Affairs Office by November 7.


Title: Shannon Saltclah: Pharmacist in Kenya
Date: Monday, Nov. 18
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Pecos Room
Description: Dr. and alumna, Shannon Saltclah of the Navajo Nation, (BS '08) recently earned her Pharm.D. at the University of New Mexico College of Pharmacy in 2012. During the summer after graduation she went on a two-week Medical Mission trip to Kenya. She is now giving back to her native community and working on the Navajo reservation for Tsehootsooi Medical Center in Fort Defiance, AZ.


Title: Stories Coming to Life: Plays based on Native American Tales
Date: Tuesday, Nov. 19
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia Room
Description: After public school arts money dried up, Caroline Rackley began "My Story Theatre" in 2008 as an extra-curricular children's theatre project designed to serve young performers and artists in the rural communities of northern New Mexico. Her presentation will be built around one of the plays she has written based on a Native American story. The audience will be imagining ourselves to be the cast of the play and work our way through the action from the actors point of view.


Title: Father Fernando Sáenz: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
Date: Wednesday, Nov. 20
Time: 2 p.m.
Location: Sandia Room
Description: Father Sáenz serves as a priest at Our Lady Of Guadalupe Parish in Clovis. He completed his priestly formation and theological studies at the North American College in Rome, Italy. Saint Kateri Tekakwitha is the first Native American woman canonized by the Catholic Church on October 21, 2012. Saint Kateri is of Mohawk decent and is the patron saint of the environment.


Title: Native Comedy Jam: Navajo Duo James and Ernie
Date: Thursday, Nov. 21
Time: 7 p.m.
Location: Becky Sharp Auditorium
Description: Navajo Comedy Duo from the Navajo Nation, James Junes and Ernest Tsosie will be on campus as our grand finale for Native American Heritage Month. Come and enjoy some Native comedy!! James and Ernie always put on a great show.