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Center for Native American Studies

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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. It  emphasizes 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.


Welcome to the Center for Native American Studies!

"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. 

Serving Native Survivors Circle 

The Native Circle is a collaborative partnership between the Center for Native American Studies and Social Work at NMU. Learn more at nmu.edu/cnas/native-circle.

Reimagine STEM

For highlights on past Reimagine STEM programs, click here: Reimagine STEM.

Native Circle
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>Flyer for Monday, November 30 panel discussion on the Decolonizing Diet ProjectVisit the Great Lakes Indigenous Art, Education and Healing (GLIAEH) project online exhibit at this site: http://art.nmu.edu/gliaeh/

Degrees Offered

CNAS Graduates in the Superior Dome

Why Native American Studies at NMU?

From hands-on learning in the forests and lakes of Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula, to taking enriching and unique courses on campus and online, contact the CNAS or NMU Admissions to learn how you can get started on your journey today. Miigwech!

Center for Native American Studiescnas@nmu.edu906-227-1397906-227-1396 fax

We are located at 112 Whitman Hall on the NMU Campus. 

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