Indigenous Heritage Month

Our Mills College Indigenous Heritage Month takes place each November. Planning for this yearly programming is led by students from the Indigenous Women’s Alliance, along with faculty and staff from the Ethnic Studies Program in the Department of Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Funding each year is provided by the Associated Students of Mills College (ASMC). Our programming for 2020 will be open to the public and online, given the Bay Area Covid19 shelter-in-place. All events will require registration. After registering for each, Zoom link information will be sent to each attendee via email.

Indigenous Heritage Month (IHM) Kickoff Event with Corrina Gould
Thursday, November 5, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm

Join our guest Corrina Gould for a discussion of Ohlone spirituality and activism, and the continuing community work on the preservation of sacred sites including the Emeryville Shellmounds in Huichin, Ohlone lands.

Examining the Space Outside of Heteronormativity From an Indigenous Perspective
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm

This panel will include a discussion highlighting the experiences of third gendered and 2spirit folks in Indigenous cultures joining us will be Kumu Hina Wong-Kalu—Kanaka Maoli, Cultural Preservationist; Wapahkesis—Queer Afro-Indigenous Woodsland Cree; and Zamora—Yaqui & Tongva 2spirit Drumkeeper.

A Night of Indigenous Music with Calina Lawrence
Saturday, November 14, 2020 | 6:00–7:00 pm

Join us for a night of Indigenous music with Suquamish music artist Calina Lawrence.

Walking the Darker Red Road: Intersections of Blackness and Indigeneity
Wednesday, November 18, 2020 | 6:00–7:30 pm

This event will highlight and uplift Black Indigenous voices during the ongoing political climate and the uprisings around the Country. Featuring Sheridan Enomoto; Wapahkesis; and Mills College’s very own Sunnie and Dylyn Turner-Keener.

Climate Change from the Streets-Latin@ and Indigena Immigrant Vulnerability
Tuesday, November 24, 2020 | 9:30–10:45 pm

We welcome our guest Dr. Michael Méndez for this special edition of the LatinX Book Sala cosponsored by Indigenous Heritage Month at Mills College. Professor Lorena Munoz will open this conversation on the perspectives and influence low income people of color bring to their advocacy work on climate change.

For more information, please contact our Ethnic Studies staff at