Native American Heritage Month 2023
SAC will celebrate Native American Heritage Month through November with the theme “Embracing Indigenous Identities and Connecting Native Pīlam of Yanaguana.” Here are the first events of the celebration:
Making the Invisible Visible
Wednesday, Nov. 1
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Learn the current landscape of Bexar County's Indigenous and Native American Community in Yanaguana. The "Thriving Cities Report," presented by American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM), will discuss the needs of the Yanaguana community and what it will take to thrive.
Author Julian “Ānua” Reyes
Thursday, Nov. 2
12:15 to 1:30 p.m.
Local indigenous author and researcher Julian “Ānua” Reyes will speak on his research of Indigenous language reclamation and the transition of existing as a Native American in San Antonio.
NAHM Market Day
Tuesday, Nov. 7
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
SAC Mall and LSC Fiesta Room
Bring your gift list and shop for crafts and art made by local Native and Indigenous vendors. Enjoy fry bread made by REZ'Rvation Only food truck. Participate in a live art project and learn to drum to the beat of ancient drums.
Embracing 2Spirit Identities
Wednesday, Nov. 8
10:50 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
In collaboration with Rainbow Heritage Month, this presentation is titled “Embracing 2Spirit Identities: Reconceptualizing Black, Native, and Afro Indigenous Queerness on Tāp Tāi.” Lunch will be provided.
Presentation on Indigenous Children’s Welfare Act (ICWA)
Tuesday, Nov. 28
11 a.m. to noon
Zoom link: https://alamo.zoom.us/j/92129434065
Guest speaker Vance Blackfox, Cherokee Nation, board member of The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) provides insight to the Indigenous Children's Welfare Act (ICWA), the latest Supreme Court ruling and its implications on our Native American community.
Native American Organizations Showcase
Wednesday, Nov. 29
11 a.m. to noon
Representatives from local Native American and Indigenous organizations will provide an overview, answer questions, and offer opportunities for volunteers. Come learn about these organizations and their mission. Organizations presenting are The Tamōx Talōm Food Forest, Texas Tribal Buffalo Project, and the Texas Heritage Project.