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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.  

Binaakwe Giizis   (bi-nah-kway  geezehs)       Falling Leaves Moon           See <a href="http://www.nmu.edu/nativeamericanstudies/moons-anishinaabeg">Moons of the Anishinaabeg</a>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>Join the Native American Student Association as they host the 16th annual First Nations Food Taster.  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4 from 5-7pm in the JACOBETTI COMPLEX. The menu will contain recipes from the Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook and contemporary dishes.  A panel discussion will take place on Wednesday, October 19 at 7pm in the Marquette Regional History Center on Third Street. Anthony Carrick, Grace Chaillier, Violet Friisvall-Ayres, and Pat Micklow will be the panelists discussing legal jurisdiction, Violence Against Women Act, concepts of revenge and how adolescents deal with tragedy.

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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