29th Annual Indigenous Peoples Week

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Cal Poly Humboldt’s 29th annual Indigenous Peoples Week honors Native American culture and art and focuses on issues that impact Indigenous communities.

Indigenous Peoples Day was first adopted in 1992 in the city of Berkeley, California in place of Columbus Day. The recognition brings awareness to the injustices that took place against Native Americans as a result of Columbus’s false narrative of “discovering America.” More than 100 cities in several states, in addition to the District of Columbia, celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day. Read more about Indigenous Peoples Day (USA Today, 2020).

IPW events are coordinated by Humboldt’s Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP), which has supported Native American Indian students for more than 50 years. Local tribal members and faculty founded the Indian Teacher Education Project in 1969 to support 18 American Indian students preparing to become teachers. In 2012, it was renamed the Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program to reflect the inclusion of students from a broad array of majors.

For the full list of events visit the Indigenous Peoples Week website. 

Indigenous Peoples Week Schedule

Monday, Oct. 10

  • 7-8 a.m. KMUD Morning Show with Native American Studies Faculty, listen at kmud.org
  • Noon-1 p.m. Kickoff on The Quad
  • 3-5 p.m. “Gather” film and student-led discussion, Behavioral & Social Sciences162

Tuesday, Oct. 11 

  • Noon-2 p.m. “Reservation Dogs,” Behavioral & Social Sciences 162
  • 3-5 p.m. Victoria Carlson, Program Manager for the “Kee Laa-yo-lue-mehl” community language program, Yurok Language Revitalization, 

Wednesday, Oct. 12 

  • All Day Wellness Wednesday, Indian Tribal & Educational Personnel Program (ITEPP)
  • 2-4 p.m. “Reservation Dogs,” Behavioral & Social Sciences 162

Thursday, Oct. 13

  • Noon-2 p.m. “Reservation Dogs,” Behavioral & Social Sciences 162
  • 3-5 p.m. Pennelys Oroz, Indigenous Design, Virtual
  • 5:30-7 p.m. “Recalling from the Source” opening reception, Goudi’ni Gallery, Behavioral & Social Sciences 104

Friday, Oct. 14

  • Noon-2 p.m. “Reservation Dogs,” Behavioral & Social Sciences 162

Monday, Oct. 17

  • 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jessica Hernandez, author lunch, Behavioral & Social Sciences 162
  • 4-5:30 p.m. Book talk: “Fresh Banana Leaves: Healing Indigenous Landscapes Through Indigenous Science”, BSS 162


About Indigenous Culture and Resources at Cal Poly Humboldt
The northernmost campus in the California State University, Cal Poly Humboldt is located on Wiyot land with 13 federally recognized tribes in the University’s service area: Bear River Rancheria; Big Lagoon Rancheria; Blue Lake Rancheria; Elk Valley Rancheria; Hoopa Valley Tribe; Karuk Tribe; Quartz Valley Indian Reservation; Resighini Rancheria; Round Valley Tribe; Tolowa Dee-Ni’ Nation; Trinidad Rancheria; Wiyot Tribe; and Yurok Tribe.

A leader in providing college opportunities for Native American students, Humboldt was the first CSU campus to offer a baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies and offers a graduate program in social work that focuses on the needs of Indigenous communities and a first-of-its-kind minor in American Indian Education.