Center Offers Students Great Opportunities

Boozhoo! Aanii! Posoh! She:kon! Talofa! Welcome!

Kenns classThe NMU Center for Native American Studies is a dynamic learning environment open to the Northern Michigan University community, as well as the people of the Upper Peninsula and greater Upper Midwest.

We are about learning, sharing cultures and having fun. We have many resources for students, teachers and the general public; so many in fact, that we created a resources room that is filled with books, videos, CDs and DVDs, as well as a viewing room for your use. 

We partner with our student organization, the Native American Students Association, to offer a wide variety of activities throughout the year and we hope you’ll join us for many of those. Some of our most popular and well known activities are the First Nations Food Taster in November and the "Learning to Walk Together" Traditional Pow wow in March.  But we also have many other activities, such as presentations, readings, films and social get-togethers.

We are part of the university, so we also focus on academics.  The center is proud to offer an interdisciplinary Native American studies minor that provides a knowledge and understanding of the indigenous people of North America.  Additionally, many of our NAS courses meet liberal studies requirements. Our courses examine culture, literature, music, language, education, environmental issues, storytelling and more.

Every day there is something interesting and exciting happening at the Center, whether it is a planned activity or just a great conversation that blossoms among faculty, staff and students who are here.  Come in and see us.  We’d love to introduce you to the Center and teach you about all we have to offer, and learn about what you can teach and offer us!