Native American Heritage Month

Flag of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy.
Land Acknowledgment Statement

We would like to begin by acknowledging the land on which the University at Buffalo operates, which is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.

November is National American Indian Heritage Month. The Office of Inclusion and Cultural Enhancement joins in the celebration of the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans and hopes to raise awareness about the challenges Native people experience to this day, and ways they have worked to overcome them.

From 1916 with "American Indian Day" celebrated for the first time in the state of New York, to the official " Native American Heritage Month" recognized in 1990 we want to explore resources to learn about Indigenous history and its heritage.

Also known as American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, during the month of November we recognize the history, culture, and contributions of our nation's first people.