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 Aug. 3. 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


49 Laughs Comedy Group Kick-Off
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Ballroom

49 Laughs is a Native American comedy group. The members are Adrianne Chalepah, Pax Harvey, James Junes, Tatanka Means, and Ernie Tsosie. All members of the group have become very popular among the native population, and are beginning to also branch out to not only larger venues but diverse audiences.


"Pope and Naranjo" Leadership in the Pueblo Revolt of 1680
Nov. 4, 2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia room

Dr. Stefanie Beninato will be discussing the leadership roles during the Pueblo Revolt. In more depth, Dr. Beninato will answer the questions "was Pope the leader for the Pueblo Revolt? Were there other Leaders?" Until recently, with few exceptions, historians left this question unstudied. This event is co-sponsored with New Mexico Humanities Council.


Navajo Nation Band
Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

Band Director Steven Blatchford and Coordinator Ms. Valerie Harrison from the Navajo Nation will give a presentation about the Navajo Nation Band and its humble beginnings. The Navajo Nation Band is a prestigious band formed in 1938 by Navajo Musicians. The Navajo Nation Band incorporates their Navajo heritage and talents to honor the future and present.


Chambliss Lantana
Nov. 6, 2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

Alumnus Chambliss Lantana (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Science, '06) will be sharing his experience at ENMU and the career path that it has led him towards. Working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Aztec, New Mexico, he helps provide technical assistance to farmers and ranchers thru the federal Farm Bill.


Navajo Taco Sale
Nov. 10
Delivery 4-5 p.m. on Campus only
RSVP by Nov 6, noon

Navajo Taco sales help raise funds for the office of Native American Affairs. Place your order for a Navajo Taco for $8 each and/or a Frybread for $4. Navajo Tacos include: frybread, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.


Veteran's Day Celebration
Nov. 11, 2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Zia Room

Dr. Steven Gamble will be sharing experiences while in service for the military. Native American Affairs is also partnering with the Veteran's Student Organization to encourage attendees to bring a canned good for the campus pantry.


Teepee Presentation and Craft
Nov. 13, 6 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Sandia Room

A presentation on Native American Tee Pees, what are they? Who uses them? How significant are they to the different Native cultures. Audience will also be able to decorate a teepee. Supplies provided concluding the presentation, to first come, first served.


Navajo Nation Scholarship representative
Nov. 14, 9-1 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Aztec Room

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 application.


Artisans Day
Nov. 17, 11-2 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Lobby

View true native art work. Items available to purchase. Artisans will be

  • John Yazzie (Navajo) with Native American gourds decorated with beaded tapestry all hand crafted
  • Beth and David Deutsawe (Laguna Pueblo) will be demonstrating wood crafts, hand lotion, painting and Native American jewelry.


Miss Photogenic
Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Lobby

One of the areas that the Miss Native American ENMU Pageant contestants will compete in is the Miss Photogenic Contest. Contestants will make a poster of themselves representing their culture and tribe. These posters will be judged by votes ENMU from faculty, staff and students. Winner will be announced at the Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck.


Miss Native Pageant
Nov. 19, 6 p.m.
College of Business (COB), Becky Sharp Auditorium

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 Office of Native American Affairs.


Thanksgiving Banquet
Nov. 20, 6 p.m.
Campus Union (CUB) Ballroom

Celebrate with Native American Affairs at our Annual Thanksgiving Dessert Potluck, where we will crown our new Miss Native American ENMU 2015, honor our Native American graduates, and enjoy delicious food with Native American entertainment by the Mescalero Apache Tribe. Desserts are provided by guests. Deadline to RSVP Nov. 13.