Native American Service Learning Partnership Institute

The Native American Service Learning Partnership Institute took place despite the weather!  All our presenters made it in before the weather struck.  The Institute took place on Thursday, April 3 and Friday, April 4. 



See photo highlights at this link 2014 NASLPI Day 1 and 2014 NASLPI Day 2

The video highlights will be available at a later time. 


Bill Mendoza, executive director for the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education, was our keynote speaker on Thursday evening.  Mac Hall, founder and executive director of the National Indian Youth Leadership Project, was the keynote speaker on Friday morning.  To see the agenda click on this link 2014 NASLPI Agenda.

Sign up for Summer and Fall Classes with Native American Studies. 

Summer 2014 NAS Courses 

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News and Information



Visit the Center's on-line photo gallery at Native American Studies at NMU Flickr photostream.  This extensive photo gallery documents many years of various activities at the Center.  You can also visit the Decolonizing Diet Project Flickr photostream.  Find these programs on Facebook:  the Center for Native American Studies, the Native American Student Association, and the Decolonizing Diet Project.    


Visit our Archives to review past presentations, workshops, classroom projects, conference highlights, and other information about the Center.

We have information and links to share if you are looking for  upcoming local, regional and national conferences or events in Indian Country.  Visit our resource room where you can find links of interest, news relating to Indian Country and scholarships and internships. Also important resources such as the Michigan Indian Legal Services.

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Purchase your copy of the Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now.  Voice on the Water is a compilation of over 70 writers and artists creating a "community portrait of contemporary American Indians in Michigan."  Available at the Center for Native American Studies, 112 Whitman Hall. 


Check out the Center Store 
for other items available.


Learn more about the Center

native american studies videoLearn about the Center for Native American Studies, in the 2013 CNAS Video.  In particular, the video highlights a hide-tanning workshop that took place in winter 2013, but April also discusses the Native American Studies minor and opportunities available to all NMU students, regardless of background or major.

NAS minor video

Watch the NAS minor video here as NMU student Alice talks about her experiences with the program.

Three Fires Unity

Dr. Phil Bellfy presented on the cross-border history of the Anishinaabeg on Monday, March 31.  He gave a brief history of the borderline between the U.S. and Canada and how it came to be the way it is today.  Watch the entire presentation at this link 2014 Bellfy Presentation.  See the Phil Bellfy Poster

Congratulation Graduates! 

Congratulations to all the May 2014 graduates!  And especially to our student employees:

Gabe Waskiewicz, Dorthy Anderson, and Amanda Weinert.

We're proud of you!

Anishinaabe News

The newest edition of the Anishinaabe News will be  mailed out soon.  If you would like to receive a copy in the mail, call us with your address.  Submit articles or suggestions for future articles to Gabe Waskiewicz at

See past editions of the Anishinaabe News, NMU's Native American student run newspaper.

Writers, photographers and proofreaders welcome.  Be a part of Anishinaabe News

The Gift is in the Journey

Fire Site
"Minowaan mewizing bmi iyaangmaampii

This saying is pivotal to the focus of NMU's Center for Native American Studies. We are all on a journey; your time at Northern Michigan University is a journey, one which you shape and mold.  Pictured above:  Whitman Woods Fire Site

Anishinaabe Words for the Month

Popogami Giizis

(Poh-poh-gah-mi Gee-zehs)

Broken Snowshoe Moon - April

Learn about the Moons of Anishinaabeg