The Center for Native American Studies strives to serve as a resource for not only the NMU community; when possible we strive to partner with tribal nations as well as other community entities, organizations, and agencies. However, due to limited staffing we may not be able to help and answer all of the inquires and invitations that we receive.

*This page is currently under construction.  Miigwech/Thank you for your understanding

Research and Creative Works by NAS faculty and students

Celebration of Student Work - NAS representation

Decolonizing Diet Project

DDP Vinegar Recipes

Voice on the Water: Great Lakes Native America Now anthology

Support of Student Organizations


The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) works to address the issues of child abuse and neglect through training, research, public policy, and grassroots community development. NICWA also works to support compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 (ICWA), which seeks to keep American Indian children with American Indian families. NICWA was funded by the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation, Inc. to develop and disseminate the 'Ensuring the Seventh Generation: Youth Suicide Prevention Toolkit' for child welfare and mental health programs focused on victims of abuse, children in out-of-home care, and witnesses of violence. The toolkit is to educate tribal child welfare workers of the warning signs of suicide, risk and protective factors, suicide prevention and intervention methods, and when such workers should seek professional mental health services.

Language Resources

These videos come from the NMU Center for Native American Studies' current assistant professor Dr. Jud Sojourn and our past Anishinaabemowin instructor Kenn Pitawanakwat.

Jud Sojourn's Anishinaabe Words/Phrases of the Month

December 2018

November 2018

October 2018

September 2018

Kenn Pitawanakwat's Anishinaabe Words of the Month

Kenn's Nish Corner (Youtube)

November 2014 Maada-gan-ji-ge

October 2014 Aabi-da-kamagad

September 2014 Maad 'kami-gad

February 2014 Kaw-taa-ni-gisi-naa

January 2014 Aansokedaa Beboon

December 2013 Mina-jaadaa Maadiziwin

November 2013 Anishinaabe minajaadaa

October 2013 Niibiishan Nnbaasinon

September 2013 Bine kedaa. Jibaa kedaa 

April 2013 Kitchi-Piitendaagwad-Maadaziwin

March 2013 Aanii.  Ndishinikaas. Donjibaa. Nndodem. 

January/February 2013 Gaayiin-geyaabi

December 2012 Ngi-chi-zhi'yaa

November 2012 Minomin miinawa waawaashkezh

October 2012 Nan-ji-geywin

September 2012 Anishinaabe Miijim

June 2012 Agii-zhoowaa

May 2012 Kiik-shki-tonaa

April 2012 We-biidaa

March 2012 Kenwebidaa

February 2012 Megawaa

January 2012 Aanch Miinawa

December 2011 Zhiitaadaa!

November 2011 Miigwech-i-nendim-wodaa

October 2011 Bashki-minsigan

September 2011 Shki-Giizoons Niimi

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver

Support of Students

Michigan Indian Tuition Waiver - Link to History | Link to Application  

Links of Interest

Use of Fire Site Form

The grounds of Whitman Hall feature a fire site in a peaceful, wooded area for educational, cultural and social outdoor gatherings.

It was built in the summer of 2003, and in 2005, benches were placed at the site. They are placed in the four directions (east, south, west, north) and upon each  is a wood burning of a particular clan of the Anishinaabe (drawings were done by then student, Pamela Abel).

Faculty, staff, students and community groups can request use of the fire site by completing the Fire Site Use Form