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Lumbee Artist Raven Dial-Stanley Selected for N.C. American Indian Heritage Month Poster

Congratulations to Lumbee Artis Raven Dial-Stanley, who designed the artwork for the N.C. American Indian Heritage Month Poster. The theme for this year’s American Indian Heritage Month in N.C. is “Healing through Unity.” United Tribes of N.C. and the N.C. Commission of Indian Affairs have released the November 2022 Indian Heritage Month Artwork across N.C.

North Carolina is home to eight state recognized tribes including the Coharie, Eastern Band of Cherokee, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation, Sappony and Waccamaw-Siouan. The state also has four urban Indian associations including the Cumberland County Association for Indian People, Guilford Native American Association, Metrolina Native American Association and the Triangle Native American Association.

According to the 2020 U.S. Census Bureau, more than 130,000 American Indians reside in North Carolina, making our state the second largest American Indian population east of the Mississippi River and the seventh largest American Indian population in the nation.

To celebrate American Indian Heritage Month, the Commission is again partnering with the NC Museum of History, North Carolina’s American Indian tribes and urban Indian organization to coordinate a weekend of special events. The 27th annual American Indian Heritage Celebration is on Saturday, Nov. 19, 2022. It is free and open to the public. This year, there is a virtual Education Day on Friday and an in-person festival on Saturday. Multiple demonstrations, presentations, and performances highlight the traditional and contemporary artistic, scientific, historic, and cultural contributions of American Indians in North Carolina. The consistent theme and message of AIHC, as expressed by its Advisory Board, is visibility: Indigenous people are still here!


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