November is Native American Heritage Month, and CSUMB is hosting a number of related events. The CSUMB Library provides materials that may be of interest to those wishing to delve further into the themes covered by some of these events.


Contemporary Native American Issues - November 4, 6:30-8 pm, Alumni & Visitors Center

A panel discussion with tribal guests and scholars, facilitated by professor Ruben Mendoza. 

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Horse Capture, G.P., Champagne, D. & Jackson, C.C. (2007). American Indian Nations: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. Lanham, MD: AltaMira Press.

Rostkowski, J. (2012). Conversations with Remarkable Native Americans. Albany: State University of New York Press.

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Digital Reservations: Songs and Stories about Growing Up Indian - November 6, 7-9 pm, University Center Ballroom

Professor George Baldwin incorporates traditional native storytelling and original songs to offer a rare glimpse into contemporary Native identity. Growing up on several Indian reservations – not his own – Baldwin offers a humorous look at the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the small government-funded communities that served the tribes during the 1960s

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Alexie, S. (2009). War Dances. New York: Grove Press.

Vizenor, G. (1991). The Heirs of Columbus. Middletown, Conn.: Wesleyan University Press.

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Two-Spirits movie screening and discussion - November 14, 6-8 pm, Otter Cross Cultural Center (Student Center)

Two Spirits interweaves the tragic story of a mother’s loss of her son with a revealing look at a time when the world wasn’t simply divided into male and female, and many Native American cultures held places of honor for people of integrated genders.

Slater, S. & Yarbrough, F.A. (2011). Gender and Sexuality in Indigenous North America, 1400-1850. Columbia, S.C.: University of South Carolina Press.

Two Spirits. (2010). Los Angeles, CA: Riding the Tiger Productions, LLC.

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Miss the screening? Check out the DVD from the library. 

Full list of CSUMB events for Native American Heritage Month