Center for Native American Studies

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.

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. 


CNAS Academics







Indigenous Peoples Day

Native American Student Association

NASA is a student organization that plans and promotes events related to Native American heritage and culture on campus. Throughout the year NASA sponsors and co-sponsors many events.  Members do not need to be Native American to join and participate in these activities. Sign up today! These activities help strengthen the ties of all individuals on campus.

Anishnaabe News

Due to limited staffing, the CNAS is no longer able to support the print copy of the Anishnaabe News. However, Anishnaabe Radio News can be found at  the Public Radio 90, WNMU-FM website

Anishinaabe News is dedicated to featuring Native American-related news, perspectives, and artwork. Read more about the history of Anishinaabe News here.

Anishinaabe News 50th Anniversary Edition, Feb 2021

Voice on the Water

After a two-year long project, the anthology project "Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now" had its book launch on November 30, 2011, on the NMU campus.

This 254-page book illuminates the contemporary American Indian experience in Michigan. Read the Book Publication Chronicle as written by Grace Chaillier. 

Books can be purchased at the Center Store, 112 Whitman Hall;  the NMU Bookstore; orSnowbound Books, downtown Marquette. 

Decolonizing Diet Project

The Decolonizing Diet Project Cookbook is available at the Center for Native American Studies. Add the DDP vinegar recipes to your book - DDP Vinegar Recipe. It is now available at the NMU Bookstore.

Contact Information

University Business Hours

During fall and winter semesters (late August through early-May)
Monday-Thursdays |  8 a.m. - 5 p.m. EST

During summer months (early-May through late August)
Monday-Thursdays |  7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  EST 

*PLEASE call ahead for a Friday appointment.

Campus Location

The Center for Native American Studies is located at 112 Whitman Hall.  Find Whitman Hall at the intersection of Fair Avenue and Norway Street (one block east of Lincoln St).  Whitman Hall is adjacent to NMU’s academic mall, sitting across the street from the West Science building.  (See campus map, lower left side)  Parking is available on all sides of the building (See campus parking map, building #49)

Mailing Address

Center for Native American Studies
Northern Michigan University
1401 Presque Isle Avenue
Marquette, MI 49855

Phone 906-227-1397

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