Brown School Honors Native American Heritage Month


Throughout the month of November, when Native American Heritage Month draws particular attention to the experiences and history of Native nations and people across the United States, the Brown School will host a number of events to celebrate this rich heritage and to explore solutions to challenges within Native communities.

We are grateful to the American Indian Student Association (AISA) and the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies for organizing this array of events. Learn more about each event.

Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 5 p.m.
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall

In collaboration with the Transgender Spectrum Conference, the Sexuality and Gender Alliance and American Indian Student Association is hosting a showing of Two Spirits: Sexuality, Gender, and the Murder of Fred Martinez. The film explores Martinez’s life and death as nádleehí, a male-bodied person with a feminine nature.

“TGIT” with American Indian Student Association
Thursday, November 9, 2017 | 5:00 pm
Goldfarb Commons, Goldfarb Hall

Brown School students are invited to gather in the Goldfarb Commons. The American Indian Student Association will provide dinner and show several videos.

Improving the Quality of Healthcare for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Tuesday, November 14,, 2017 | 8 – 10 a.m., with poster session following
Brown Lounge, Brown Hall

Dr. Yvette Roubideaux, director of the Policy Research Center at the National Congress of American Indians, will speak about ongoing efforts to pursue health equity for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Roubideaux’s extensive experience includes serving with the Obama Administration as the director of Indian Health Service and as senior advisor to the HHS secretary for American Indians and Alaska Natives. Dr. Roubideaux is the Core Director of Research Partnerships with American Indian/Alaska Native Communities Core of Brown’s Center for Diabetes Translation Research.

“Rock Your Mocs” Day
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Indigenous students will be wearing moccasins or other meaningful objects that represent who they are or their specific tribes.

American Indian Movement: Civil Rights in Native Communities
Thursday, November 30, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
Lee Auditorium, Missouri History Museum

MSW student Krystian Sisson (Muscogee Creek) will lead a historical look at the legal battles, policies, treaties, and protests related to American Indian rights, including current protests at the Dakota Access Pipeline. Following, a panel of students will discuss civil rights issues within their tribal communities.

This month the “Humans of Brown” project is also spotlighting the stories of the students, staff and faculty affiliated with the Buder Center, who work year-round to contribute to the health, wellness and the sustained future of Indian Country. Learn more about their work at