Leadership transition at the CNAS.
Dr. Joseph Lubig is the Associate Dean of the School of Education, Leadership, and Public Service. Dr. Lubig is currently serving in the role of academic department head for the Center for Native American Studies (CNAS). This transition created a move for the CNAS from the College of Arts and Sciences to the College of Professional Studies effective July 1, 2019. Dr. Dale Kapla is the Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Professional Studies.
Dr. Martin Reinhardt is currently serving as interim director of the Center for Native American Studies (CNAS) until June 30, 2020. The CNAS Faculty Affairs Committee is currently holding a search for a permanent director.
Ms. Karli Jenshak is the new Principal Secretary for the CNAS. Please join us in making her feel welcome in her new role.
If you have any questions, feel free to call the main line at the CNAS at 906-227-1397 for more information about the leadership transition (however, no one at this number can speak to you regarding any search efforts). K'chi miigwech/great thanks for your patience as we all move forward together with this transition.
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.
"The gift is in the journey"
"Minowaan’mewizing bmi’iyaang maampii akiing"
With plans of study
rooted in Great Lakes Indigenous (Anishinaabe) perspectives, the CNAS at Northern Michigan University prepares students for futures in respectful tribal engagement, education and traditional arts, language learning, community and environmental work, research and academic pursuits within the discipline of Native American Studies ... the possibilities are endless!
Here we believe that "Minowaan’mewizing bmi’iyaang maampii akiing" ("The gift is in the journey"), where the study of Native American knowledge, culture, and history becomes a journey of lifelong learning and reciprocity with Indigenous communities here in Anishinaabe country and beyond.
Click here to learn more about the history
of the Center for Native American Studies. From the creation of the Nishnawbe News
in 1971 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.
- the only baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies in the state of Michigan,
- a new Native American Community Services associate degree,
- an associate degree in general university studies with a concentration in NAS,
- a twenty-four credit interdisciplinary NAS minor,
- a new Native American Community Services minor,
- a TEDNA-endorsed undergraduate certification in American Indian education,
- a TEDNA-endorsed concentration of online courses towards a Master of Arts degree in Educational Administration: American Indian Education Administration and Supervision,
- several courses that fulfill liberal studies | general education, and the world cultures graduation requirements,
- a resource room filled with books, articles, films and more, and
- an outdoor fire site for NAS classroom visits, and
- the Native American Student Association, the Native American Language and Culture Club, and the Beading Club.
The Center also strives to keep you informed about items relevant to Native American Studies including language lessons. Be sure to also visit the Center on Facebook and Flickr. Listen to Public Radio 90 [WNMU-FM] Fridays for Anishinaabe Radio News, a weekly program with insights to Native American Studies and news from Indian Country.