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Native American Heritage: Events 2017

In celebration of Native American heritage, this guide lists books, articles, and websites on Native Americans in California with an emphasis on Ohlone Indian heritage.

Dia De Los Muertos: Cultural Celebration

Tuesday, October 31; 12 – 1:30pm

Library Quad

Join the powerful, tradition, annual event celebrated throughout the Americas which has its roots in ancient Native American spiritual traditions, including amazing Aztec Dancers! Bring your own offering for our alter!


Native American Two-Spirit Identity

Monday, November 6; 3:20-4:20pm

Room 3206

Join Foothill Psychological Services Counselor Clifton der Bring and Foothill College Gay Straight Alliance (GSA) for a discussion of the traditional Native American non-gender-binary  “Two Spirit” Identity.



Standing Rock Update

Tuesday, November 7; 12-2pm

Hearthside Lounge (2313)

Alyse Gursoz, journalist from the Mending News, as well as Foothill College Alumni, will be providing the latest update regarding the arrests at Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, DAPL Pipeline and more!


Activist Rochelle Diver

Tuesday, November 14; 11-11:50am

Hearthside Lounge (2313)

In celebration of International Education Week, attend a lecture by International Indian Treaty Council member and Indigenous Rights activist Rochelle Diver and hear an update on the Standing Rock water pipeline actions and on-going efforts to combat climate change.


Film Festival: Dakota 38

Wednesday, November 15; 8-10am

Hearthside Lounge (2313)

This documentary follows modern native riders on a 330-mile healing journey across South Dakota to Minnesota to honor those long in the largest mass execution in United States history in 1862.


Foothill Student: Lydia Tomeo

Thursday, November 16; 2-3pm

Room 6506

Join Washington-State Colville Tribal Member and current Foothill College student Lydia Tomeo for a discussion about her tribal history and heritage.


Guest Speaker Anne Marie Sayers

Wednesday, November22;  12pm- 1pm

Hearthside Lounge (2313)

Anne Marie Sayers is a respected Ohlone Clan Mother who will speak about her land title of Ohlone Land in in Indian Canyon outside of Hollister, California, where she conducts a cultural native presentations such as Story-Tellers, native arts and crafts, cultural dances, and her museum of Native American artifacts and history.


Author & Activist Greg Sarris

Tuesday, November 28; 12-1:30pm

Hearthside Lounge (2313)

Award-winning Native American scholar, author, and entrepreneur, Greg Sarris will read form his new book, How a Mountain was Made.


College Hour: Closing Ceremony

Wednesday, November 29; 12-1pm

Campus Center Dining Room

Featuring live entertainment by Medicine Road Band, the nation’s number one folk rock band according to By using the Native American flute and incorporating Native American philosophy into its music, Medicine Road Band members and numerous fans believe their music provides healing through lyrics and song. Complimentary refreshments will be served on a first come first serve basis.

Native American Heritage Month at Foothill

November is time for the Native American Celebration at Foothill College! Our campus was a thriving Ohlone village site for many thousands of years, and Foothill Library has prepared this LibGuide to highlight books, articles, and websites on the history and culture of California's Native Americans.

mural of life in an Ohlone village

 Mural by Ann Elizabeth Thiermann, courtesy of the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History

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