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Center for Native American Studies

The Center for Native American Studies offers a holistic curriculum rooted in Native American themes that challenges students to think critically and communicate effectively about Indigenous issues with emphasis on Great Lakes Indigenous perspectives. The entire curriculum is based on the themes of culture, history and language; traditional ecological knowledge; education, families and communities; governance and sovereignty with the theme of identity connecting them all together.


Learn about the history of Native American students and Native American Studies on campus since the late 1930's. From the creation of the Nishnawbe News to the official inception of the Center of Native American Studies in 1996, there has been an sustained growth in working to preserve Native American history on campus and throughout the nation.  

Faculty & Staff

Meet the faculty and staff that work diligently to serve both NMU students and Native American students throughout the Upper Peninsula.  

The Center for Native American Studies hosts a number of student organizations including the Native American Student Association, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, and the Native American Culture and Language Club. <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/center-offers-students-great-opportunities">Learn more.</a><a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/annual-learning-walk-together-pow-wow">The annual "Learning to Walk Together" pow wow</a> is an opportunity to celebrate Native American heritage with groups from around the region.

Degrees Offered

What you'll do at NMU

Participate in the Native American Student Association and help sponsor and participate in campus wide events, or complete a service learning project in one of your upper division courses. Write, photograph or proofread for the Anishnaabe News or visit the resource room to learn more on your own outside of class. Become immersed in Native American heritage through the center and understand this historic and amazing culture.

Center for Native American Studiescnas@nmu.edu906-227-1397