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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.  

News & Information

Come visit our photo gallery on Flickr. This extensive photo gallery includes pictures from our events and activities.

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

If you are looking for information on upcoming local, regional and national conferences and events in Indian Country, visit our resource room. There you can find links of interest, news relating to to Indian Country and scholarships and internships.

The Center for Native American Studies has tote bags available for purchase. The bags are 15" x 19" and made of durable polyester. They are a great alternative to plastic shopping bags. Check out our center store for other items available.

Makwa Giizis   (Mah-kwah Gee-zehs)       Bear Moon -           See <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/moons-anishinaabeg">Moons of the Anishinaabeg</a>The December 2016 graduation ceremony took place on Saturday, December 10 <br> <a href=" http://www.nmu.edu/commencement/martin-reinhardt-december-2016">Dr. Martin Reinhardt</a> will be presenting as the commencement speaker and will include an Eagle Honor Song with the Morning Thunder drum group. Watch the <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/commencement/commencement-stream">live stream.</a> <p>Congratulations Winter 2016 Graduates! </p>The Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook is available at the Center for Native American Studies.  Add the DDP vinegar recipes to your book - <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/sites/DrupalNativeAmericanStudies/files/UserFiles/DDP_Vinegars_Recipes_.pdf">DDP Vinegar Recipe</a>The 24th annual <a href="https://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/annual-learning-walk-together-pow-wow">"Learning To Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow</a> will take place on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at the Vandament Arena. Organizing a pow wow is a lot of work.  The Pow wow Committee appreciates all the volunteers who take their time to assist us.  We will be seeking volunteers in a number of areas - kitchen/dining, set-up/tear-down, security/runners, and front desk. If you are interested in helping out, <a href="https://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/annual-learning-walk-together-pow-wow">submit a volunteer sign-up sheet</a> to the Center for Native American Studies today--we greatly appreciate it!See the Michigan Indian Education Council’s <a href=" http://miec.org/?page_id=26 "> official website </a> for details about the upcoming conference, to be held at the University Center on campus, March 23 - 25, 2017

Degrees Offered

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. Attend their meetings or participate in various activities. 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 at 112 Whitman Hall on the campus of NMU. 

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