Message from the DirectorAprilDirector

Dear Students and Friends:

The winter 2015 semester is well underway.  There have already been multiple events on campus this semester such as the Dr. King campus march and commemoration and a visit by the notable author, sociologist and historian Dr. James Loewen. Several more exciting events are planned for this semester including the annual Native American Student Association powwow and a visit from Dr. Robin Kimmerer, author of “Braiding Sweetgrass.”

The NMU 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.

There are five primary themes within Native American Studies at NMU: 1) culture, history and language; 2) traditional ecological knowledge; 3) education, families and communities; 4) governance and sovereignty with the theme of 5) identity being connected to all previous four listed themes.

Why do I believe in Native American Studies?  I believe in Native American Studies because as a discipline it raises a critical consciousness of how individually and collectively we identify ourselves, how we treat one another, how we recognize our relationship with our environment and how we create policy in relation to all of these things.  I believe in Native American Studies because it forces me as an author, educator, and lifelong learner to think outside of the conventional academic box; a system that has previously excluded Indigenous voices.  It is time for these voices to be heard, to be discussed, and to be honored. 

In the area of academics and research, Native American Studies at NMU offers the following: 

  • over 25 courses in the discipline of Native American Studies (NAS),
  • curriculum for the general university studies associate's degree with a concentration in Native American Studies,
  • a twenty-four credit inter-disciplinary minor,
  • a TEDNA endorsed undergraduate certification in American Indian Education,
  • a TEDNA endorsed concentration of online courses towards a master’s of arts degree in Educational Administration,
  • several courses that fulfill liberal studies and the world cultures requirements,
  • opportunities to publish in The Anishinaabe News
  • a resource room filled with books, articles, films and more, and
  • an outdoor fire site for NAS classroom visits (other NMU classes, student organizations and community organizations can reserve the fire site by calling 906-227-1397).

To learn more about the NAS minor, view this video, NAS Minor Video, produced by NMU’s Academic and Career Advisement Center featuring recent NMU graduate, Alice Snively. To learn more about the Center for Native American Studies, view this video, 2013 CNAS Video, featuring yours truly.

We do our best to post information relevant to Native American Studies including internship opportunities, scholarships and grants, conferences and cultural events, language lessons and news bits. Do you have news important to Indian Country that you would like to share? E-mail us at least two weeks prior to your event. Be sure to also visit the NMU Center for Native American Studies on Facebook and Flickr.

The NMU Center for Native American Studies is located in 112 Whitman Hall at the corner of Norway Street and Fair Avenue in Marquette, Michigan. We are currently operating under regular university hours so we are open 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. We hope you can visit us soon.

Sincerely,

April E. Lindala, NMU Alum '97, '03, '06
Director of the NMU Center for Native American Studies
Associate Professor of English
 

 

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