Native Circle Program

The Native Circle Team presents a free workshop with Marlene Syrette.

Monday, March 23 & Tuesday, March 24, 2020 on the NMU Campus.

Our special guest speaker will present on "The 13 Rights of Anishinaabe Children." Join us for this culturally inclusive gathering. 

We invite NMU students, Social Workers and Educators to join us for this gathering. No pre-registration is required. All are welcome.

Unfortunately, due to federal funding guidelines, our team is unable to host meals or refreshments during this event.

Attached is a notice for the event.

Questions? Contact Bri Ormson at 906-227-1397.

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Native Circle

The NMU Center for Native American Studies (CNAS) and the NMU Social Work Department (SWD) have collaborated to create the Native Circle team at NMU. The two departments received support from the U.S. Department of Justice - Office of Victim Services to implement the Serving Native Survivors Circle [Native Circle] project, a three-year endeavor that addresses the following challenges:

  • Obstacles associated with internship field placement, employee recruitment, retention, and upward mobility within Bureau of Indian Affairs or Tribally Run Victim Service Programs (BIA-TRVSP) in rural areas;
  • The lack of Native American Studies inclusivity within social work curriculum and subsequently, the limited numbers of social work professionals with such expertise; and
  • The low numbers of American Indians graduating from university, specifically within the social work fields.

The Native Circle project seeks to increase internship opportunities and other incentives for NMU students wanting to work in the field of Social Work and with tribal communities. Existing NAS and SW courses are being transitioned into online platforms for students in rural areas. Academic programs have been added to the Native American Studies and Social Work curriculum to engage students with these topics and conversations in order to better serve Tribal Nations in rural areas.

  • a new associate degree in Native American Community Services (effective Fall 2018)
  • a new minor area of study in Native American Community Services (effective Fall 2018)
  • and a Master's of Social Work (effective Fall 2019 - contact Social Work directly)

Privileging American Indian Ways of Knowing in Victim Services 

May 2019 training

k'chi miigwech/Great thanks to all of those who participated.

The 2019 AGENDA 

This FREE training is available for viewing on Media Site live. (Videos will be linked here soon.) 


This training was designed for tribal victim services employees such as line staff, unit managers, and outreach workers. However, it served as beneficial for anyone working with Tribal communities and Tribal citizens. Students in Native American Studies and Social Work as well as non-tribal victim services employees were also welcome to attend.


The aim of this training was to give participants tools to develop greater cultural humility and mindfulness, especially when working with victims and survivors of sexual violence in tribal communities.

This training is supported by cooperative agreement number 2017-VR-GX-K026, awarded by the Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this product are those of the contributors and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.