Message from the Director
To all faculty, staff, students and friends of the NMU Center for Native American Studies:
k'chi miigwech | great thanks. My time as the director of the NMU CNAS is coming to a close. June 30 will be my final day. I am not leaving NMU (have you seen my office - it will take me months to clean) nor am I leaving Marquette (although this past winter, c'mon).
Instead I am taking my own advice from the start of this past academic year. I seek to study if/how Native American Studies can help bring about healing. Our nations need it. Our communities need it. Our families need it. I need it. I plan to visit family and friends. I plan to read. I plan to continue my own academic path. But I will be back in the fall teaching NMU students. The NMU CNAS is not going away. People are working hard behind-the-scenes to keep things moving forward and hopefully even expand. Once a plan is in place, it will be shared broadly with the community. Again, thank you to everyone who has helped me in some way over the past 13+ years. This has never been a solo effort; it has always been about a circle of dedicated people. Until next time.
April E. Lindala, NMU Alum '97, '03, '06 Professor - 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.
"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
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.