November is Indigenous Peoples’ Month. The National Congress of American Indian writes: “The month is a time to celebrate rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and histories and to acknowledge the important contributions of Native people. Heritage Month is also an opportune time to educate the general public about tribes, to raise a general awareness about the unique challenges Native people have faced both historically and in the present, and the ways in which tribal citizens have worked to conquer these challenges.”
At Yale, Indigenous peoples succeed and thrive across our campus. Due to the tireless efforts of Indigenous students, faculty, and staff, Yale’s Indigenous community is known as one of the most active and involved Native communities among the top colleges in what is now known as the United States.
We hope that this year’s Indigenous Peoples’ Month will be a time for honoring these histories and contemporary efforts as well as a call to action for our allies. Educate yourself! Re-learn and un-learn!! And we hope to see you at some of our upcoming events this month!
Established in 1993, the Native American Cultural Center (NACC) promotes and supports Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations, and other Indigenous cultures and communities. The center hopes to support the Native/Indigenous community, as well as the greater Yale community, to Indigenous issues and culture by bringing programming to campus that includes events such as speakers, artist talks and installations, and conversations with leading Indigenous intellectuals.
The Native American Cultural Center also serves as a gathering place for Yale’s Native American students as well as other student groups. Students are encouraged to come to the NACC to study in its library, to use the conference rooms and lounges, its kitchen, or the Native living room and other spaces in the center.
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The NACC strives to maintain a permanent and prominent Indigenous presence at Yale that incorporates and supports the success of future Native leaders through recruitment, encouragement, mentoring, service, and the fostering of a community that makes Yale the most sought after Ivy Institution for Indigenous achievement, research and solidarity.
NACC Core Values
Nurturing individual and community wholeness through collaboration, family, kinship, and spirituality.
Sustaining cultural preservation by acknowledging history and responsibility.
Promoting respect with pride, inclusion and recognition of diversity.
Fostering leadership through accountability, transparency, assertiveness, and honesty. We invite and encourage interested members of the Yale community to attend any of our events.