Native American Community

The Native American community at the George Washington University (GW) is a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences unified under the goal of cultural awareness. Currently, Native American student enrollment is .1% at the undergraduate level and .3% at the graduate level at GW.

With two student organizations promoting the values and traditions of Native American and Alaskan Native cultures, Native American programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.

Throughout the month of November, GW celebrates Native American heritage showcasing the rich history, culture and accomplishments of the Native American community. The Multicultural Student Services Center provides logistical support for Native American organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness. 

Native American Heritage Celebration

In 1990, November was officially designated as Native American Heritage Month (NAHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President George H.W. Bush, came after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence by figures such as Dr. Arthur C. Parker, the American Indian Association, Reverend Sherman Coolidge and Red Fox James. Nationally, NAHM encompasses Native American and Alaskan Natives.

The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual Native American Heritage Celebration (NAHC) in 2004. Promoting the values and traditions of Native American and Alaskan Natives, NAHC programs include student culture shows, performers, distinguished guest lectures, seminars and educational events.

The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for Native American organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout NAHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in NAHC. All activities related to NAHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for Native American culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).

The George Washington University Presents

2017 Native American Heritage Celebration


Thursday, November 2 

More Than Just A Word

District House, Room B205 | 7PM

A film about Native American-based sports mascots and the Washington R*dskins.

Presented by AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP)


Monday, November 20

Water Is Life
Sommer Hall, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health | 3PM

Mni Wiconi (Water is Life) has united indigenous people worldwide and propelled the global environmental justice movement.  In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, please join the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health for a panel discussion of indigenous visionary global leaders in environmental and social justice sharing their vision and knowledge about protecting water for future generations. Hosted by Johns Hopkins University: Register here

To travel with the GW MSSC, contact us at [email protected].


Monday, November 20

MSSC Giving Thanks for Diversity


Break bread with us as we give thanks and feast on various cultural foods at our annual Thanksgiving Dinner! The food will be plentiful! $2 will get you a full plate of food & you're always welcome to buy another plate for the road.


Wednesday, November 1 - Thursday, November 30

Events at the National Museum of the Native American

Fourth Street & Independence Ave., SW,Washington, DC 20560

For more information, visit the NAMI online or via phone at 202-633-1000 or 202-633-5285. The museum is open 10 AM–5:30 PM daily; closed December 25. (Exhibition spaces and store begin closing at 5:15 PM).


Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement



2127 G St, NW, Washington, DC 20052

202-994-6772  [email protected]