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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.


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.  

Faculty & Staff


Meet the faculty and staff that work diligently to provide accurate and culturally-sensitive information to the NMU and local community.  

Manomini Giizis   (mu-no-mi-ni  geezehs)       Wild Rice Moon           See <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/moons-anishinaabeg">Moons of the Anishinaabeg</a>The Todd Warner Legacy Award is $500 scholarship for any college student pursuing a college degree in natural resource/environmental-related field.  See more information on the <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/scholarships-and-internships">Scholarship and Internship</a> website.    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>

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. Write, photograph or proofread for the Anishinaabe News. 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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