Our commitment to Native Americans
NAU maintains a strong commitment to supporting the success of Native American and Indigenous students. This commitment can be seen in the number of student support services, programs, and events at the NACC and across campus. Additionally, NAUs University Strategic Goal #3 is to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans. The Office of Native American Initiatives and the NACC have implemented strategic plans that support the university’s strategic goal #3. Click on the link for the ONAI Strategic Statements.
Services provided for Native American students
NAU maintains a strong commitment to supporting the success of Native American and Indigenous students. This commitment can be seen in the number of student support services, programs, and events at the NACC and across campus. Additionally, NAUs University Strategic Goal #3 is to become the nation’s leading university serving Native Americans. The Office of Native American Initiatives and the NACC have implemented strategic plans that support the university’s strategic goal.
The OISS provides individualized support in a caring and professional environment that respects and values Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nation and all people who identify as Indigenous students. The staff assists students with the transition from home to the university community. OISS services are available to all university students.
In partnership with the Native American Cultural Center, they offer:
- a gathering place and a home away from home
- one-on-one academic, financial aid, personal, and cultural guidance
- peer mentor support
- connections to resources for tutoring, child care, and more
- cultural events and activities
- computer lab and study lounge
- free faxing and beverages
Indigenous Student Success offers you the opportunity to connect with the campus community through a wide variety of events, activities, programs and presentations. Programs include Indige-Bridge to Success Program, Indigenous Support Program, Indige-Peer Mentoring, Counseling, and Adacemic & Financial Aid guidance. Receive first hand knowledge about how to be a successful college student from experienced peer mentors. With over 125 tribes represented from across the country, ISS assists Northern Arizona University in meeting Goal 3: Commitment to Native Americans. The staff of ISS offers you guidance in balancing your academic and cultural commitments as you journey to become an NAU Lumberjack! For more information, contact Sharon S. Doctor, OISS Director, (928) 523-6960 or by email at email@example.com.
- NAU Scholarships
NAU administers a limited number of scholarships for American Indian/Alaska Native students attending NAU on a full time basis.
The mission of Applied Indigenous Studies is to provide students with the knowledge and tools to contribute to the sustainability of indigenous communities in the 21st century. Using a curriculum to community approach, students in AIS are prepared to move from learning to action, applying Native ways of knowing for the benefit of indigenous communities within the US and abroad. For more information, contact Karen Jarratt-Snider, Department Chair, (928) 523-6219 or by email at Karen.Jarratt-Snider@nau.edu.
Degree Plans include the following:
Three AIS bachelor’s degrees:
Four AIS minors:
- AIS Applied Indigenous Studies Minor
- AIS Interdisciplinary Indigenous Health Studies Minor
- AIS Native American Studies Minor
- AIS Tribal Public Administration
A Community of Support
Explore Native American departments and programs located at Northern Arizona University below.
- Capacity Building for American Indians Project (Institute for Human Development)
- Center for American Indian Economic Development (The W. A. Franke College of Business)
- Center for American Indian Resilience (College of Health and Human Services)
- Commission for Native Americans
- Archaeology (Anthropology)
- Native American Cancer Partnership
- Native Journey to Academic Success
- Nizhoni Academy
- Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators
- The Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators (DINÉ) is a partnership between Northern Arizona University and schools on the Navajo Nation who are participating in the Yale National Initiative. The Institute provides innovative K-12 teacher professional development that elevates curricular rigor and strengthens culturally responsive teaching in public, BIE, and tribally-controlled schools across the Diné Nation.