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Minnesota State University, Mankato
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American Indian Affairs Events 

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 American Indian Affairs at MSU, Mankato

The following events are those hosted by our office or related offices. They are opportunities for all students, Native and non-Native alike, to have fun and enjoy themselves while learning about and supporting other cultures!

September

8 – Mankato Pridefest: various times - see below, Riverfront Drive and Park
Queeraoke at 8:00pm Friday Sept 7 at location TBD
Pride Parade at 11:30am, Sat Sept 8 on Riverfront Drive
Pride Fesitval from 12:00pm-5:00pm, Sat Sept 8 at Riverfront Park

For questions or more information, contact David Gardner at david.gardner@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5131 or visit the event website at: https://www.scmnpride.org/festival

 
11 – Courageous Conversations: 7:30-9:00pm in TBD
Come and connect with other around various topics of conversation, relevant to current issues, racial dialogue, and social justice. Hosted by MSU faculty and offices of Institutional Diversity. For questions or more information, contact Kenneth Reid at kenneth.reid@mnsu.edu or 507-389-6207.
 
19 – Hispanic Heritage Month Kick Off/ Open Kitchen: 11:30am-1:00pm in MCC, CSU 269
Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by Latino Affairs.
 
19 – How to Help a Friend: 4:00-6:00pm, Preska 126
“How to Help a Friend” is geared towards students who may have questions about sexual violence. It’s specifically a time for students to ask questions about how they can help or what happens if behavior gets reported, where to report, what the investigation process looks likes, what discipline and interim measures might look like, and similar questions. For more information contact Laura Schultz at laura.schultz-1@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5127.
 
21-23 – Mahkato Wacipi: Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at Land of Memories Park in Mankato
 
Traditional Powwow hosted by the Mankato Powwow Association. Grand entries are: Friday 7pm, Saturday 1pm & 7pm, Sunday 1pm. $7 for a button, good for entire weekend. Food, dancing, music, and cultural celebration for American Indian people. For more information, please visit: http://mahkatowacipi.org/. Click the logo below to view the powwow poster!
Logo for the Mankato Powwow. It is a yellow eagle on a blue background. The text states MAHKATO WACIPI MINNESOTA and Land of Memories.
 
28-29 – Homecoming Weekend
For more info on Homecoming activities, check out https://www.mnsu.edu/homecoming/ 
 

October

8 – Indigenous Day Celebration: 11:00am-1:00pm in Lincoln Lounge
Learn about why we celebrate Indigenous Day and what that means for American Indian people and other indigenous groups throughout the world. Light snacks and refreshments will be provided. Hosted by American Indian Affairs, the American Indigenous Studies program, and the Native American Student Association (NASA).
 
9 – Courageous Conversations: 7:30-9:00pm in TBD
Come and connect with other around various topics of conversation, relevant to current issues, racial dialogue, and social justice. Hosted by MSU faculty and offices of Institutional Diversity. For questions or more information, contact Kenneth Reid at kenneth.reid@mnsu.edu or 507-389-6207.
 
11 – National Coming Out Day Door: 11:00am-1:30pm in the CSU Mall
Celebrate National Coming Out Day with the LGBT Center. Take your picture and show support. For more information, contact David Gardner at david.gardner@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5131.
 
17 – Open Kitchen: 11:30am-1:00pm in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by the International Center.
 
26 – Latino Night: 5:00-11:00pm in CSU Ballroom
Semi-formal attire for event. More details coming soon. Hosted by Latino Affairs. For questions or more information, contact Sergio Aguilar at sergio.aguilar@mnsu.edu or 507-389-1719.

31 – Dia de Los Muertos Workshop: 2:30-4:30pm in MCC, CSU 269
Workshop to commemorate the Day of the Dead. Students will be invited to bring pictures or keepsakes of their loved ones that have passed away. Students will create Papel Picado and decorate their own sugar skull while enjoying some authentic Pan de Muerto and Chocolate Caliente. Hosted by Latino Affairs. For questions or more information, contact Sergio Aguilar at sergio.aguilar@mnsu.edu or 507-389-1719.
 

November

1 – Native American Heritage Month Kickoff: 11:30a-1:00p in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
Come and join us for lunch and a celebration kicking off Native American Heritage Month. Get a list of all the events we will be hosting throughout the month and sign up to participate or help with anything we have going on! Hosted by American Indian Affairs and the Native American Student Association (NASA).
 
1 – Native Achievers Poster Series: Month long throughout MSU, Mankato campus
Keep an eye out for a celebration of our American Indian leaders, here on campus, and throughout Minnesota and all of Indian Country. These are the heroes we look up to and we want you know more about them!
 
3 – Somali Night: 6:00-10:00pm, CSU Ballroom
More info to come. For questions or more information, contact Kenneth Reid at kenneth.reid@mnsu.edu or 507-389-6207.
 
5 – Indigenous Film Showing: TBD from 5:00-7:00pm, Ostrander Auditorium
Film to be determined. Popcorn and candy will be provided until gone! Get there early to enjoy some snacks during the film. Short discussion/panel to follow film showing. Hosted by American Indian Affairs and American Indigenous Studies Program.
 
10 – Hmong Culture Day
Semi-formal attire for event. For tickets and to reserve your space with American Indian Affairs, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by Asian American Affairs.
 
12 – American Indian Night: 6:00-8:00p in CSU Ballroom
Join us for an evening of celebration of American Indian culture and history. More info to come. Dinner will be included with ticket purchase. For tickets and to reserve your space at this event, please contact, Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230.
14 – Open Kitchen: 11:30am-1:00pm in Multicultural Center, CSU 269
Come and enjoy some lunch in our Multicultural Center to make some new friends and learn about cultural foods. Food is available until gone, so get here early! Hosted by American Indian Affairs.
 
14 – Fall Drag Show: 7:00pm in Ostrander Auditorium
Get your tickets to this fabulous show! Performers will be announced soon. For more information, contact David Gardner at david.gardner@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5131.
 
17 – World’s Got Talent: 5:00-9:00pm in CSU Ballroom
More info to come. Hosted by the Multicultural Center and International Center.
 
28 – Dakota Panel: 2:00-4:00pm in CSU 253/4/5 - Reception: 4:00-5:30pm in CSU 101
More information to come soon. If you have questions, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230.
 
30 – 48th Annual Diversity Dinner: 5:00-8:00pm in CSU Ballroom
Semi-formal attire for event. For tickets and to reserve your space with American Indian Affairs, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by Institutional Diversity and Latino Affairs.
 

December

3 – Institutional Diversity Graduation Celebration: 4:00-6:00pm in CSU 245
More information to come! Invited guests only. If you have any questions about this ceremony, please contact Megan Heutmaker at megan.heutmaker@mnsu.edu or 507-389-5230. Hosted by the Multicultural Center.
 
15 – Fall Graduation Ceremony: All day in Taylor Center
Don’t forget to apply for graduation! For more information about the ceremony and what to expect, visit: http://www.mnsu.edu/graduation/