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Native American Heritage Month

Updated Land Acknowledgement

Prior to events: 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 - https://store.indigenousenterprise.com/

Native Art Market - http://www.nativeartmarket.org/

H.E.R. Medicine - https://www.instagram.com/h.e.r.medicine/?hl=en

Nizhoni Soaps - https://www.nizhonisoaps.com/

Ah-Shi Beauty - https://www.ahshibeauty.com/about (Not in Phoenix, but on Navajo Nation)

Indigenous Owned Restaurants: https://www.azcentral.com/story/entertainment/dining/2020/10/12/indigen… https://rezrising.org/

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. https://www.indigenousvision.org/

RezRising: https://rezrising.org/.

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 (https://www.nhonews.com/news/2018/aug/07/studio-13-seven-bringing-liber…

Cahokia: https://www.cahokiaphx.com/


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

American Indian Artists And Performers

Artist: Howling Wolf https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howling_Wolf_(Cheyenne)

Musicians (group): Pamyua http://www.pamyua.com/ 

Author: Marcie R. Rendon https://www.marcierendon.com/ 

Film: Smoke Signals Book: House Made of Dawn by N. Scott Momaday https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Made_of_Dawn 

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. https://www.npr.org/2020/03/04/812085201/louise-erdrich-on-her-personal…

Kenneth Shirley - https://patch.com/arizona/phoenix/phoenix-native-american-dance-group-f…

Jacob Shije - https://www.facebook.com/jacobshijemusic/

Native Guitar Tour - https://www.nativeguitarstour.com/about

Douglas Miles Jr. - https://www.azcentral.com/story/travel/arizona/2021/07/22/doug-miles-jr…

Andrew Joseph Stevens III - https://www.facebook.com/drivesthecommonman

Roanna Shebala - https://therumpus.net/2019/11/presence-the-heartspeak-of-indigenous-poe…

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

The Only Good Indians on NPR. https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52180399-the-only-good-indians

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


Deb Haaland
Chief Si Ahl
Ahsaki Chachere

Additional Resources


PVCC LibGuide: Native American Indian & Alaskan Heritage - https://paradisevalley.libguides.com/Native_American

PVCC American Indian 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