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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.  

The Center for Native American Studies coordinated an open house with the McNair Scholars Program as well as the Native American student organizations.  Students had the chance to meet the CNAS faculty and staff, learn what the McNair Scholars program offers, and learn how to become involved with student organizations.  On Wednesday, September 23, Dr. Martin Reinhardt presented on educational provisions in treaties.

Degrees Offered

Bachelor Degree

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.edu906-227-1397906-227-1396 fax

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

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