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 online programming for 2021 is open to the public and will require registration. After registering for each, Zoom link information will be sent to each attendee via email.

Holding the Form: In Solidarity with Indigenous People, featuring the Wakay Wiya Two Spirit Drum
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 12:00pm | Tea Shop Patio

CasaTiaLuna@Mills presents this afternoon circle with the Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum, drumkeeper Zamora (RGSS), and Elder in Residence, Patricia St. Onge (ETHS). All are invited to sit at the Big Drum, and learn about drumming as an Indigenous medicine. The drum will help us hold space for envisioning our future, our work, and our intentions/prayers for ourselves, our families, and our communities. How are our dreams and the work we do in the world connected to Native peoples? How are our prayers and commitments aligned with Indigenous people of this land, Huicin, in the unceded territory of the Ohlone people?

Indigenous Heritage Month Community Feast
Wednesday, November 10, 2021 | 5:00–7:30 pm | Tea Shop & Student Union

Join us for a special campus dinner service at The Tea Shop. We'll enjoy a special menu as we celebrate Indigenous Heritage Month with a short program at approximately 6pm in the Student Union across from the Tea Shop. Please join us in also acknowledging our community of organizers, faculty, staff, friends.

Indigenous Geographies of Resistance (Online)
Monday, November 15, 2021 | 7:00–8:30 pm

Join us for this panel centering Native women and Two Spirit resistance to ongoing settler colonialism in Ohlone territories. We convenes co-editors and contributors to “Indigenous Geographies of Resistance,” a chapter of Counterpoints: A San Francisco Bay Area Atlas of Displacement and Resistance (PM Press, 2021). The chapter highlights the work of over a dozen Indigenous activists, scholars, and artists. Through the Atlas and the work of these scholars and activists, we discuss the crucial interventions that Native feminisms bring to understandings of geographies, histories, and futures in so-called California. Invited panelists include: Stephanie Lumsden, Magie Ramirez, Katie Keliiaa, with introductions and moderating by Ethnic Studies Professor Natalie Kehaulani Bauer and WGSS Professor Savannah Kilner. Zoom link will be sent after you register online.

BIPOC Centered Student Circle, with Elder in Residence Patricia St. Onge & The Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 | 12:00 pm | Holmgren Meadow

An invitation to join Elder in Residence, Patricia St. Onge (Ethnic Studies) for this BIPOC centered student circle on finding joy in these times, finding peace amidst the pandemic, transitions, and uncertainty. How do we care for the self? We will be joined by the Wakan Wiya Two Spirit Drum, offering opening songs for wellness, healing and moving us forward in a good way. In case of rain, we will meet inside the Student Union.

For more information, please contact our Ethnic Studies staff at

Madonna Thunderhawk on Indigenous Organizing and Movement Building
From the Plains to California to Mauna Kea with Sheridan Enomoto
Monday, November 22, 2021 | 6:30 pm | Rothwell Student Union & via Zoom
A hybrid event at Mills College and via Zoom

Mills College Ethnic Studies and Indigenous Heritage Month welcome Madonna Thunderhawk in this cross generational conversation about the status of Indigenous organizing and movement building in 2021. In conversation, Thunderhawk and California activist Sheridan Enomoto will journey through several issues and regions where Native American activists, artists, and community organizers have come together in building powerful mobilizations. 

For more information, please contact our Ethnic Studies staff at