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The Center for Native American Studies offers a holistic curriculum rooted in Native American themes that

  • challenge students to think critically and communicate effectively about Indigenous issues with emphasis on Great Lakes Indigenous perspectives,
  • stimulate further respectful inquiry about Indigenous people, and
  • provide 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.

Click here to learn more about the history of the Center for Native American Studies. From the creation of the Nishnawbe News in 1971 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.

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The Center also strives to keep you informed about items relevant to Native American Studies including language lessons. Listen to Public Radio 90 [WNMU-FM] Fridays for Anishinaabe Radio News, a weekly program with insights to Native American Studies and news from Indian Country.



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