Annual Events

A group of students and teachers doing Indigenous art

Indigenous Arts Initiative (IAI)

IAI supports a rotating series of Indigenous art labs that provide Indigenous artists an opportunity to hone creative skills, expand professional networks and gain leadership experience through collaborative, mentor-based programming at the University of Kansas.
Three Indigenous women standing on a stage with a KU podium

Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration

Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that celebrates and honors  Native American peoples, and commemorates their histories and cultures. It is celebrated across the United States on the second Monday in October. Since 2019, the University of Kanas has celebrated the week before and the week of Indigenous Peoples' Day.

Many Indigenous Dancers in a powwow

KU FNSA Powwow

Native American students at the University of Kansas have hosted the annual KU FNSA Powwow for over 30 years. The FNSA Powwow brings visibility by celebrating Native American cultures where diverse Indigenous peoples gather to dance, sing, and honor the traditions of our people.

FNSA Powwow Website

A tepee being set up in front of the Lied Center

KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Engage in free educational activities for kids and adults that aims to educate the community about the uniqueness and diversity of Native American people in the United States.

ICF Website

A Native woman speaking on a Native panel to incoming KU students

Native American Leadership Symposium

Current Native American, high school students are invited to attend an all-day college preparation event, known as Leadership Symposiums. Breakout sessions and workshops are led by current Native American KU students, staff, and faculty. Included is a free lunch on campus with Native faculty and staff, plus a student panel.
Native faculty and staff at the Luncheon

Natives at KU Luncheon

A tradition carried on from the late, Patti Wakolee, the Natives at KU Luncheon, is a gathering of KU Native American faculty, staff, and students to enjoy a meal together and network.