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Jaymee Li Moore, Miss Indian NAU for 2010, is getting ready to hand over her crown to a new pageant winner on Nov. 19.

November is Native American Heritage Month

As home to 2,014 Native American students representing more than 70 different tribes, it’s no wonder that Northern Arizona University knows how to celebrate Native American Heritage Month with style.

A lineup of more than 40 events featuring everything from a tribal feast to basket-making demonstrations, dancing, photography exhibits and indigenous-author book signings at the NAU Bookstore offers up a diverse sampler of cultural and educational activities.

“Native American Heritage month provides an opportunity to recognize the valuable contributions made by the first peoples of this land,” said Sharon Doctor, assistant director for Native American Student Services. “Throughout history, Native Americans have influenced the landscape of this country and are continually enriching urban and rural communities."

Congress has designated Nov. 26 as Native American Heritage Day.

Some highlights are the talk “Governing a Non-Indian Reorganization Act Native Nation,” by Ernie Jones, Sr., detailing his experiences as a president of the Yavapai-Prescott Nation at 3 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 3, in the Bellwood Auditorium at SBS West and the Miss Indian NAU pageant at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 19, in Ashurst Hall.

For a complete listing of events, click here.

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