Native American/Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month

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The College of Arts and Sciences, in collaboration with other units across our campus, acknowledges the month of November as Native American History Month (NAHM). To commemorate NAHM, the College is offering student-centered events, programming, and resources that honor the diverse histories and achievements of Indigenous peoples both nationally and internationally. This year we offer programming and resources that acknowledge the historical traumas and injustices committed against Indigenous peoples, while affirming the sovereignty of Indigenous nations and promoting Indigenous futurities.

Native American Studies has had a rich history at UB since 1972, thanks to the advocacy of Haudenosaunee scholars and activists, including John Mohawk (Seneca), Oren Lyons (Onondaga), Barry White (Seneca), and Marilyn Schindler (Seneca). Building on this tremendous legacy, the new Department of Indigenous Studies provides a space for Indigenous students, faculty, staff and community members to gather and promote scholarly, educational, and outreach initiatives intended to ensure the continuity of Indigenous knowledges and languages, as well as the health and sustainability of land, water, and Indigenous peoples. As the University at Buffalo operates on the traditional territory of the Seneca Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, it is our duty as a campus community to uphold and celebrate the long-standing history of Indigenous contributions in the Western New York area, nationally and globally. 

Event Dates:

Additional Native American/ Indigenous Peoples Heritage Month Programming

For faculty, staff and students can be found at the UB Office of Inclusive Excellence 

Tuesday, November 9

Native American Heritage Month

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4-5:30 p.m. 
Location: 112 O'Brian
Free and open to the public

Filmmaker Terry Jones
Seneca Nation

To learn more about Terry Jones and his work visit

Terry Jones is a member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and currently resides in Newtown on the Cattaraugus territory. Terry has a passion for sharing his Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) history and culture through his film works. Terry’s short films, many co-directed with Indian filmmaker Govind Deecee, have found success on the film festival circuit worldwide. Standouts include “Soup For My Brother” which was named Best Documentary at the 2016 Liverpool International Film Festival in the United Kingdom as well as “Give and Take” (co-directed with Deecee) winning Emerging Filmmaker at the 2015 LA Skins Fest in Los Angeles. Most recently, Terry curated and hosted the Haudenosaunee Micro-Short Film Program, which screened at the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York. The program featured 12 micro-short films by 14 Haudenosaunee filmmakers. The film program will also be screening at the Seneca Niagara Casino as part of their Native Heritage Month programming in November 2021.

The series is co-sponsored by Department of Indigenous Studies

Wednesday, November 17

Giving Thanks for the Natural World – Onödowa’ga:’ Environmentalism

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4-5 p.m. 

Jason Corwin PhD
Seneca Nation
Deer Clan

Jason Corwin, PhD, clinical assistant professor in the Department of Indigenous Studies, is a citizen of the Seneca Nation (Deer Clan) and a lifelong media maker. He was the founding director of the Seneca Media & Communications Center and has produced several short and feature length documentaries. Jason has extensive experience as a community-based environmental educator utilizing digital media to engage with Indigenous ways of knowing, sustainability and social/environmental justice topics.

Join Jason Corwin, PhD, (Seneca Nation, Deer Clan) for a multimedia look at Onödowa’ga:’ (Seneca) initiatives to protect land and water while promoting sustainability grounded in Indigenous philosophies

The series is co-sponsored by Department of Indigenous Studies

Additional events and programs will be regularly added.