Although the main focus of the NMU Center for Native American Studies is directed at the academic, cultural and social awareness of Northern Michigan University students to Native American studies, it is not the only focus. The center has a wide outreach to the general public and K-12 school systems of the Upper Peninsula and upper Midwest communities.
Some recent outreach efforts include:
- ReImagine STEM Summer Youth Academy and Educators Institute - The NMU Center for Native American Studies and the NMU Office of Diversity and Inclusion along with multiple partners are recipients of this first-ever co-hort of NSF INCLUDES pilot projects.Two activities have happened in the summer of 2017: Reimagine STEM Summer Youth Academy that took place in June, both on the NMU Campus and Lake Nesbit, and the Reimagine STEM Educators Institute in July. The Summer Youth Academy will be back this coming summer, 2018. Stay tuned for more info.!
- Anthology Project - Grace Chaillier collaborating with over 80 authors and artists to put together the book, Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now.
- Hosting Remembering the Songs - an evening of American Indian music, poetry, and film. Presented by the HeartLines Project and made possible by the Center for American Indian Policy and Applied Research and W.K. Kellogg Foundation.
- Medicine Wheel Academy - an exploratory weekend for high school students interested in the health and medicine fields.
- The Zaagkii Project: Over the course of the summer, youth volunteers have spent time doing pollinator protection work throughout the Marquette area working with the Zaagkii Initiative, otherwise known as the Wings and Seeds Project. Check this out
- Pumpkin Garden: The NAS 488 - Native American Service Learning Project worked with Native American children as part of a service learning project to grow a pumpkin garden. As part of the project, they built an Oshaakaaniniikwezens to help the okosimaan gitigaan grow. Check it out.
- Waaseyaasibii’ige – Writing with Light Photograph Project: This endeavor involved American Indian students from across the Upper Peninsula developing skills in photography and using the visual medium as a vehicle for storytelling and personal reflection. The project included a series of hands-on workshops. In March 2007, the participants celebrated their efforts with an exhibit at the U.P. Children's Museum. Read the NMU news release, Writing with Light Reception, that promoted the project.
- Each summer, camps and activities are held on the NMU campus by the Center for Native American Studies for area youth. Summer Programs.