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Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month

Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month

November is National American Indian Heritage Month.

This month offers us the opportunity to recognize the many cultures of the original inhabitants of America.  

We celebrate the history, heritage, culture and stories of Native Americans, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians.

Through a collaboration between many Central Catholic groups, we are excited to share with you a series of events throughout the month.

We invite everyone to participate!

National American Indian Heritage Month at Central Catholic

Presented by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion; The Spanish Classes; The CCHS Library & Media Center, Cinema Club; the Raider Café; S.C.O.P.E.; and the U.W.S. Club


Morning Prayer: Indigenous Spirit of Faith

Candle burning

Prayers celebrating the indigenous spirit of faith will be read during morning announcements.


Display of Native American Saints and Images of Faith

Campus Ministry Hallway - South Wing

Click on each name or image for more information about the saint or Christian image.

Image of Navaho Madonna

Navaho Madonna: Mary here wears her traditional Byzantine colors, but she is a Navaho woman


St. Kateri Tekakwitha of the Iroquois

St. Kateri Tekakwitha of the Iroquois: The First Canonized Native American Saint


The Apache Christ

The Apache Christ: The experience of the Apache people with Christianity


Composite images of Black Elk: the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher

Black Elk: the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher


Native American Storytelling with Anne Jennison

Head shot of Anne Jennison, Native American Storyteller

1:00 PM, Wednesday, November 3, The CoLab (Collaborative Learning Space) - Library & Media Center

Hosted by the CCHS Library 

Anne Jennison is a Native American storyteller, historian, educator, and craftsperson with both European and Abenaki heritage. With Master’s degrees in both Storytelling and in History, Anne brings a wealth of knowledge - polished by more than 30 years of experience as a performing storyteller - to her retelling of timeless Native American lesson stories, especially the stories of the Northeast.

Click here to earn more about Anne Jennison.

This presentation requires sign-up. Students, click here to sign up.

Please contact Mrs. Kristina Keleher, Director of Library & Media Services, with questions:


Allyship Presentation with Alexis Bunten, PhD 

Alexis Bunten, PhD

Being a Good Relative: Introduction to Allyship with Indigenous Peoples 

1:00 PM, Monday, November 8 - Facilitated by Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97

More than ever, Americans are coming to understand the challenges that Native Americans face due to 500 years of land dispossession and genocide. Non-Native allies are stepping up in greater numbers than ever to support social justice and environmental movements led by Native peoples. In this interactive presentation, Alexis Bunten, PhD, (Unangan/Yup’ik) will introduce the concept of allyship, brave spaces for communications, things you can do to be an ally, and more. 

Classes will be invited to zoom into this presentation.

Click here to learn more about Dr. Bunten.

Contact Mrs. Aliali Silverio Belkus '97, Dean of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion with any questions:


Native Indigenous Peruvian Hot Chocolate for sale in the Raider Café

Students in the Raider Cafe

Date TBD - Presented by SCOPE

Come have a sip of hot chocolate, a homemade Peruvian recipe inspired by the Native American Indians of South America.


SCOPE Meeting

Students at the SCOPE table during the Student Activities Expo

Date TBD


SCOPE (Students Can Open People’s Eyes) supports multicultural students in their CCHS experience. Members of SCOPE will build relationships with peers, develop cultural agility through intercultural interaction, and create a network of support for multicultural students at CCHS while maintaining and sharing their identity and cultural values. SCOPE members participate in special retreat days and additional social, positive, and informative activities throughout the year. 


United We Stand (UWS) Meeting

Three students holding a United We Stand sign

Date TBD

All faculty, staff, and students are welcome to attend and participate in a meeting of United We Stand!

United We Stand's mission is to work at breaking down popular social issues and talk about them in an unbiased setting. The club will discuss several social justice and human rights issues such as, but not limited to: pro-riot vs. anti-riot, women's rights, Black lives matter vs. All lives matter, climate change and many others.


Thank you for joining with the Central Catholic Family to celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month!

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