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.

Critical Thinking and Active Learning

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

Job Outlook

With a degree in Native American Studies, you will be qualified to work in a variety of jobs around the country. Examples include:

  • tribal governments
  • governmental agencies
  • schools or colleges
  • youth-focused organizations
  • non-profit organizations
  • public museums
  • and many more
April Lindala

"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, former Director, NMU Center for Native American Studies 

April Lindala

former Director, NMU Center for Native American Studies 

Contact Information

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

Office (906) 227-1397