Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month Events

Native American Heritage Month

Native American Stars, Legends, Lore, and Names

Presented as a collaboration with the PVCC Intercultural Center and the Science Dept.

Date: November 17, 2023
Time: 6:00p-8:00p
Location: PVCC at Black Mountain - 34250 N 60th Street, Scottsdale, AZ

Guest speakers Native American and Indigenous speakers will share Astronomy Stories through the lens of Native Americans.

Followed by the opportunity to STAR Gaze through telescopes.

Free Stew and Fry Bread
Provided by Emerson Fry Bread Truck 
A New Times Longest Greats!

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Native American Heritage Month

Indigenous Enterprise (Indigenous Dance Troupe)

Presented yearly by PVCC Student Life and Leadership

Date: November 28, 2023
Time: 12:00p-1:00p
Location: PVCC Cordova Plaza

Indigenous Enterprise is an Indigenous dance troupe comprised of eight traditional powwow dancers.

This dance troupe has toured the world to share the beauty of their culture with others. “The mission of Indigenous Enterprise is to represent and showcase what real Indigenous people look like—not the Hollywood negative stereotypes.”

See this PBS Special on Indigenous Enterprise

Updated Land Acknowledgement

Paradise Valley Community College is located on the traditional lands of the Akimel O'odham (Pima), Piipaash (Maricopa), and Hohokam peoples. There are 22 federally recognized tribes in Arizona and 574 across the United States. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land on which we gather. Without them, we would not have access to our education or the land we live, work, learn and commune on. We take this opportunity to thank the original caretakers of this land. We offer our respect to their Elders and to all Indigenous people of the past, present and future.


St. Katerite Kakwitha
Simon J. Ortiz
Shaandin Parrish
Robin Wall Kimmerer
Native American Businesses Showcase:

Native American Businesses Showcase:

Emerson Fry Bread Food Truck:

Indigenous Enterprise -

Native Art Market -

H.E.R. Medicine -

Nizhoni Soaps -

Ah-Shi Beauty - (Not in Phoenix, but on Navajo Nation)

Indigenous Owned Restaurants:…

Indigenous Vision - a community-supported 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Phoenix, Arizona and Missoula, Montana with a mission to revitalize Indigenous communities – culture, people, and land – by providing educational resources through quality programs that promote well-being. All proceeds from cultural humility training are used to implement IV’s core community projects that advocate for environmental and social justice.


Chris Hawk and Desiree Torivio Hawk are in Keams Canyon, AZ, however, their vision and work merits recognition and engagement. Chris Hawk (2015 PVCC Grad) and Desiree Torivio Hawk (2016 PVCC Grad - AS Public Administration) - PVCC Alumni (…



Kenneth Shirley
John Herrington
James Jones
Ethel Branch
Native American Heritage Month

American Indian Artists And Performers

Artist: Howling Wolf

Musicians (group): Pamyua 

Author: Marcie R. Rendon 

Film: Smoke Signals Book: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday 

TV Shows: Virgil White on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt and Chakotay on Star Trek: Voyager.

Joy Harjo, her memoir "Poet Warrior" will be released in early September. She is a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, and the 23rd Poet Lau­re­ate of the Unit­ed States. There is a great interview with her here.

Layli Long Soldier, who is a writer and citizen of the Oglala Lakota Nation. Krista Tippett did a terrific interview with her here.

Louise Erdrich: author and member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for her novel The Night Watchman.…

Kenneth Shirley -…

Jacob Shije -

Native Guitar Tour -

Douglas Miles Jr. -…

Andrew Joseph Stevens III -

Roanna Shebala -…

Author: Vine Deloria Jr: Custer Died for Your Sins, Athlete: Jim Thorpe

The Only Good Indians on NPR.

Chief Seattle - Take only memories, leave nothing but footprints.


Deb Haaland
Chief Si Ahl
Ahsaki Chachere

Additional Resources

In Case You Missed It

Indigenous Enterprise Performance - November 2, 2021Recording Available
Water is Life Keynote - November 2, 2021 Recording Available
Apache History & Culture Through the Art of Terrill Goseyun (He/Him) - November 18, 2021 Recording link Password: Hh3tJyHD

Navajo Nation & the Coronavirus - Documentary & Discussion - Monday, November 23, 2020 Play recording (1 hr 1 mins) Recording password: DjhmAQp