The Maricopa Community Colleges Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month with Music, Stories, Discussions

TEMPE, Ariz., Oct. 29, 2020 – In celebration of National Native American Heritage Month in November, the Maricopa County Community College District (MCCCD) invites community members to attend events at many of the Maricopa Community Colleges.

“For us, it’s not just a month. While the Maricopa Community Colleges are eager to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month, we also believe in celebrating our students’ diverse backgrounds and cultures whenever possible,” said MCCCD Interim Chancellor, Dr. Steven R. Gonzales. “Our District works hard to offer support to our Native students with programs like Hoop of Learning, a high-school-to-college bridge program to provide Native American students with a pathway to higher education. It is important to remember and acknowledge our campuses are located on the ancestral lands and within the boundaries of many of Arizona’s tribal nations. We appreciate and value the opportunity we have to share in the significance and beauty of these lands that mean so much to so many.”  

Events happening throughout the District in November allow participants to explore Native American heritage through music, storytelling, discussions, and panels, addressing both Native culture and bringing light to subjects like cultural appropriation and the murders of Indigenous women and girls.


Indigenous Visions: Four Principles of Cultural Humility

November 2, 2020

Virtual Event | 10 - 11:30 a.m.

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For National Native American Heritage Month, join MCCCD as it celebrates and recognizes the accomplishments of the peoples who were the original inhabitants, explorers, and settlers of the United States.

Native American Mascots and Cultural Appropriation

November 19, 2020

Virtual Event | 5:30 p.m.

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Chandler-Gilbert Community College welcomes Dr. Adrienne Keene, Native American academic, writer, and activist, to discuss the ways pop culture represents Native people, how these images affect contemporary Indigenous communities, and how Native communities are pushing back against misrepresentation.

This discussion will also answer the questions:

  • What is cultural appropriation?
  • Who has the right to represent Native cultures?
  • How do Hollywood, the fashion industry, and sports mascots contribute to the marginalization of Native people?

Flute and Stories with Randy Kemp

November 12, 2020

Virtual Event | 6 - 7 p.m.

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Passcode: 315832

Phoenix College invites you to enjoy music and stories with Randy Kemp, Native American music artist and member of the Euchee, Muscogee, and Choctaw tribes.

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Presentation

November 10, 2020

Virtual Event | 4 - 6 p.m.

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Meeting ID: 1460211533

Password: pyy9aWAq

Join Scottsdale Community College for a presentation from State Representative Jennifer Jermaine, who is the chair of Arizona's investigative committee for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.


Learn more about resources for Native American students.



Media Contact: Dasi Danzig, 480-268-6766,

About Maricopa Community Colleges

The Maricopa County Community College District includes ten regionally-accredited colleges – Chandler-Gilbert, Estrella Mountain, GateWay, Glendale, Mesa, Paradise Valley, Phoenix, Rio Salado, Scottsdale, and South Mountain – and the Maricopa Corporate College, serving approximately 100,000 students with two-year degrees, certificates, and university transfer programs.