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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.

Reimagine STEM

For information regarding Reimagine STEM, click here: Reimagine STEM.

Serving Native Survivors Circle 

Information regarding American Indian cultural inclusively in social work and victim services education, coming soon! 


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. Students attending the Anishinaabemowin Teg Conference created a blogspot to share their experience:  Blog A-Teg.

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 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.

Nimebine Giizis (Ni-meh-bi-neh Gee-zehs)  Sucker Moon.  Learn more about the <a href="https://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/moons-anishinaabeg"> moons of the Anishinaabeg. </a>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>. It is now available at the <a href="https://goo.gl/IuslOm">NMU Bookstore</a>Come get ready for powwow season with us this semester for two more sessions of <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/cnas-events-calendar"> N8V Dance Fitness </a> with Michelle Reed (Lac Du Flambeau Ojibwe)!

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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