Message from the DirectorAprilDirector

Dear Students and Friends:

Welcome to Fall semester 2013.  We hope you had a relaxing summer and are ready to go full steam with your classes this fall.  I hope you are taking advantage of one or more of the Native American Studies courses offered this fall. 

People often ask me what we do at our Center and I’ve come up with this metaphor…think of a braid - three specific strands:  academics and research, 2) student empowerment, and 3) community outreach. 

Academics and research: 

  •    NAS offers a twenty-four credit minor,
  •    NAS offers a concentration of on-line courses as part of the Masters of Education Administration,
  •    Many NAS courses fulfill liberal studies and the world cultures requirements

Student Empowerment: 

  • The Anishinaabe News is back in action. Our graduate assistant, Gabe, is seeking student help to  write articles and take photos. Submissions of poetry, drawings, etc. are also encouraged. If you would like to contribute, call Gabe at 227-1397 during the afternoons.
  • Students are always welcome to visit the Center for Native American Studies resource room as part of their studies. Special thanks to the NMU College of Arts and Sciences and the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for support of our resource room.
  • Our Center works closely with offices such as the Multicultural Education and Resource Center (MERC), Financial Aid, Housing and the Registrar to make sure students are getting the answers they need. We may not have all the answers, but we know where to find them.

Community Outreach:

  • The 7th Fire Project was a huge success last academic year. Aimee Cree Dunn, coordinator, will be once again offering this interactive program to a limited number of classrooms. Thanks to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community for their continued support. 
  • The Mikwendaagozi Project, a youth photography project was held this past summer. In concert with a display of student work, we are excited to announce that the new painting for the entrance to Presque Isle Park will have a dedication soon. We hope you will be able to attend.

The Center for Native American Studies (Whitman Hall 112) is open from 8 am – 5 pm Monday-Friday. Stop by or make an appointment. The CNAS lounge area is for anyone to relax between classes.

The Native American Student Association (NASA) meets weekly at the Center. NASA's e-mail is  Consider being a part of NASA.

We do our best to post information from around Indian Country including community events, internship opportunities, scholarships and grants, conferences and cultural events, language lessons and news bits. Visit our semester highlights page to see photos from a variety of events from previous years.  Do you have news you would like to share? E-mail us at least two weeks prior to your event (PDFs work very well). Also, be sure to visit and LIKE us on Facebook and Flickr.

Best wishes to you during the 2013-2014 academic year.






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