Native American Hertiage Month Observances

Dr. Bryan Samuel
Office of Multicultural Affairs director, 308.865.8127

The Office of Multicultural Affairs invites you to two events in honor of Native American Heritage Month.

Film – “Smoke Signals”

Thursday, November 10, 2005

7:00 p.m.

Copeland Hall, Room 133

Refreshments will be served before the movie.

Discussion after the movie.


 Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones

will present “Kiowa Tales”

Wednesday, November 30, 2005

7:00-8:00 p.m.

Nebraskan Student Union, Ponderosa Room A and B

Hors d’ oeuvrs will be served.


This program is funded by the Nebraska Humanities Council and the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  The NHC receives support from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Nebraska State Legislature, the Nebraska Cultural Endowment, and private donations.
     Matthew “Sitting Bear” Jones is a Kiowa/Otoe-Missouria Indian of Oklahoma and has been storytelling for more than 20 years.  Matthew has worked on many television scripts for Nebraska Educational Television and has won several awards for his work.  He is a recipient of the Mari Sandoz Award and Indian Faculty Person of the Year.  He also has served as a consultant on films, including “Dances with Wolves.”


     Matthew Jones is a Multicultural Education instructor at UNL.  He has been a lecturer for 13 years teaching in the areas of the freshman first year experience and Multicultural education.    Mr. Jones is in Who’s Who and is currently working on a book for the Nebraska State Historical Society on the “Otoe-Missouria nation of Nebraska.”   Attired in native dress, Sitting Bear brings to the audience through his storytelling the thinking and customs of his Kiowa people and legends such as why the Crow is black and how the Coyote got his yell.

Both events are free and open to all faculty, staff, students and the public.—————————————————————————————————–

National American Indian Heritage Month, 2005

A Proclamation by the President of the United States of America

National American Indian Heritage Month honors the many contributions and accomplishments of American Indians and Alaska Natives. During November, we remember the legacy of the first Americans and celebrate their vibrant and living traditions.

Our young country is home to an ancient, noble, and enduring native culture, and my Administration recognizes the defining principles of tribal sovereignty and the right to self-determination. By working together, government to government, on important education, economic, and energy initiatives, we can strengthen America and build a future of hope and promise for all Native Americans. This month, we pay tribute to the American Indians and Alaska Natives who continue to shape our Nation. I encourage all citizens to learn more about the rich heritage of Native Americans.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim November 2005 as National American Indian Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to commemorate this month with appropriate programs and activities.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this second day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand five, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirtieth.