Midwestern University Recognizes Indigenous History of Campus Lands

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November 23, 2021 | Midwestern University

Tony Duncan Five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer and flutist Tony Duncan performs at Midwestern University's Glendale Campus in November.

November is National Native American Heritage Month (NAHM), and people across America are coming together to honor to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans, celebrate the countless contributions of Native peoples past and present, and acknowledge the influence they have had on the advancement of our country. The Midwestern University Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion joins the nationwide celebration of NAHM, and encourages the University’s campus communities in Glendale, Arizona, and Downers Grove, Illinois, to celebrate the contributions, customs, and cultures of our Indigenous students, staff, and faculty this and every month.

In recognition of the University’s existing and developing partnerships with Native communities in and around both of its campuses, Midwestern has published formal statements on the University’s website recognizing and acknowledging the history of Indigenous homelands and territories, including the land which is now home to both the Glendale Campus and Downers Grove Campus. These statements are intended to foster increased dialogue and understanding between the Midwestern community and Native Nations and Indigenous Communities and promote knowledge of our communities’ history.

“Consistent with the University's steadfast commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, Midwestern strives to build relationships with Native Nations and Indigenous communities through academic and research pursuits, partnerships, community service, employment opportunities, and enrollment efforts,” said Kathleen H. Goeppinger, Ph.D., President and CEO of Midwestern University.

For the full text of Midwestern University’s Land Acknowledgement statements, as well as a declaration of the University’s commitment to the core values of diversity, equity, and inclusion, please visit

Tony Duncan, world champion hoop dancer and performing artist, visited the Midwestern University Glendale Campus in November during an event celebrating Native American Heritage Month.  Faculty, staff and students experienced the rich culture of Native America through Mr. Duncan’s songs, stories, and dances.