For three decades, the United States has celebrated November as Native American Heritage Month. The land our university sits on is the traditional homeland of the Nuwuvi, the Southern Paiute People. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank and recognize the Nuwuvi, including the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and the Moapa Band of Paiutes, who have long called this region their home. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land for thousands of years over many generations.
Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff who identify as Indigenous peoples for being part of this university. Your voice, your experience, your culture, and your ideas are deeply valued and you are a vital part of this university and this community. I would also like to express my gratitude to those at UNLV who continue to make this university a welcoming, inclusive environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff. This includes the work of:
- Student Diversity and Social Justice
- American Indian Alliance
- American Indian Research and Education Center
- Native American Student Association
- Native American Alumni Club
Their efforts bring us ever closer to true equity and inclusion through advocacy and action so that everyone can thrive and succeed at UNLV.