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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; stimulates further respectful inquiry about Indigenous people; and provides active learning and service learning opportunities that strengthen student engagement, interaction, and reciprocity with Indigenous communities.


Learn about the history of the Center for Native American Studies. From the creation of the Nishnawbe News to the official inception of the Center of Native American Studies in 1996, there has been sustained growth in preserving Native American history on campus and throughout the nation.  

Faculty & Staff


Meet the faculty and staff that work diligently to provide accurate and culturally-sensitive information to the NMU and local community.  

NASA will host the 23rd annual "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow on Saturday, March 12.  Check back for more information.   <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/annual-learning-walk-together-pow-wow">NMU Pow wow</a>NASA is in need of volunteers to help at the pow wow and feast.  If you are interested, please complete the <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/sites/DrupalNativeAmericanStudies/files/UserFiles/W16_PW_VolunteerForm_011916MM.pdf">PW16 Volunteer Form</a> and return to the Center, 112 Whitman Hall.Makwa Giizis - mah-kwah gee-zehs               Bear Moon                         See <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/moons-anishinaabeg">Moons of the Anishinaabeg</a>

Degrees Offered

Bachelor Degree

What you can do while at NMU

Northern Michigan University has three Native American student groups - the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Native American Language and Culture Club, and Native American Student Association. Meet with them to participate in various activities. Write, photograph or proofread for the Anishinaabe News. Visit the resource room to gather items for your classroom research projects or to learn more on your own.

Center for Native American Studiescnas@nmu.edu906-227-1397906-227-1396 fax

We are located in 112 Whitman Hall on the campus of NMU. 

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