NC State to Commemorate Second Annual Indigenous Peoples’ Day

1490 Who? event


In 2015, NC State’s Native American students accomplished an important milestone for the Native community and for NC State: the first annual commemoration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day in place of Columbus Day.

NC State is the first university in the state of North Carolina to recognize Indigenous Peoples’ Day rather than Columbus Day. This shows incredible progression in the realm of historical accuracy and recognition of Native resilience both on a collegiate level and beyond. The event, “1490 Who?: Indigenous Peoples’ Day” will be celebrated on Monday, October 10, 2016 fromĀ 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Ocracoke-Hatteras Ballroom, Talley Student Union and will feature a drumming performance, two speakers and reflective monologues from Native students. The entire campus community is invited and encouraged to attend. T-shirts featuring the 1490 Who? design will be sold from 12:00-2:00 p.m. in Wolf Plaza and at the event this evening.


Schedule of Events

Tunnel Painting
10:00 p.m., Free Expression Tunnel

1490 Who? T-Shirt Sale

12:00-2:00 p.m., Wolf Plaza
Want a cool statement tee to show your awareness and support? Stop by and buy one.

Indigenous North America: Dinner at Clark Hall

4:30-8:00 p.m., Clark Dining Hall
Join us in Clark Dining Hall to enjoy popular foods from our NC Native communities, such as the famous collard sandwich!

1490 Who?: Indigenous Peoples’ Day Celebration
6:00-8:00 p.m., Ocracoke-Hatteras Ballroom, Talley Student Union
Do you want to learn more about the meaning of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, the truth about Columbus and the contemporary histories of local tribes? Join us for a night of drumming, discussion and student monologues.

Brittany Hunt is assistant director for Native American student affairs in Multicultural Student Affairs.