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Northern Michigan University is the first and only university in the State of Michigan to offer a baccalaureate degree in Native American Studies. We embrace Native American Studies and work to provide a nurturing and supportive environment for students of American Indian heritage and for those interested in learning more about the rich and varied Indigenous cultures.

Our programs are designed to provide students with a knowledge of regional tribes, tribal governments, issues impacting Native Americans and experiences with the Anishinaabemowin language. For a full list of courses, click here. 

Our programs are a good fit for students who want to:

  • think critically and communicate effectively about Indigenous issues
  • take part in active learning and academic service learning opportunities
  • engage in respectful inquiry towards Indigenous peoples and the environment

"I believe in Native American Studies because as a discipline it raises our critical consciousness of how individually and collectively we identify ourselves, how we treat one another, how we recognize our relationship with our environment, and how we create policy in relation to all of these things. I believe in Native American Studies because it forces me as an author, an educator and lifelong learner to think outside of the conventional academic box; a system that has previously excluded Indigenous voices. It is time for these voices to be heard, to be discussed, and to be honored." -April Lindala, NMU Center for Native American Studies director.

Listen to April speak with local radio show host Walt Lindala about the Native American Studies major here.