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Indigenous Culture Week: ICW History

The ASU Library acknowledges the twenty-two Native Nations that have inhabited this land for centuries, including the Akimel O’odham & Pee Posh Indian Communities, whose care and keeping of the Salt River Valley allows us to be here today.


Established in 1989, ASU has celebrated Indigenous culture during the spring semester. Initially this week was called "American Indian Culture Week,” then "Native American Culture Week," and since 2020 “Indigenous Culture Week.” The name change can be accredited to the advocacy and hard work of current Indigenous students who view the term “Indigenous” more inclusive to all nations. This transformation of names can been seen in the Labriola ephemera collection, which contains posters of past culture weeks (see gallery below).


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