Filmmaker, author and attorney Gyasi Ross.
The University of New Mexico is set to host a series of educational, social and cultural events recognizing American Indian Heritage Month throughout November. The UNM American Indian student, faculty, staff and community invite the entire campus and surrounding community to attend and participate in a variety of programming initiatives.

American Indian Student Services (AISS) will host the kick-off event, Friday, Nov. 2 at 12 p.m. in the Student Union Building Atrium featuring the delivery of a 2012 Proclamation on behalf of UNM President Robert Frank followed by student dance performances from Walatowa Headstart.

Following the kick-off event, filmmaker, author and attorney Gyasi Ross will give an interactive keynote speech titled, "Making it Work: The Native Community and Values as Tools for Academic Success." The keynote address will be held in the Student Union Ballroom C from 1 – 3 p.m. The final event of the day, a book signing, will take place from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Ethnic Center Foyer (Mesa Vista Hall, 1st Floor) featuring Ross's book, "Don't Know Much About Indians (but I wrote about us anyways)."

UNM's American Indian Student Services (AISS) provides innovative initiatives specializing in quality academic and student support services, meaningful cultural programming, and distinctive constituent relationships to support the empowerment of tribal citizens and enhance the quality of life for indigenous communities.

A complete calendar of American Indian Heritage Month events is available on-line at American Indian Student Services.

All events are free and open to the public.

Media Contact: Carolyn Gonzales (505) 277-5920; email: cgonzal@unm.edu