Feel at home here
Northern Arizona University (NAU) aspires to be the nation’s leading university serving Native American/Alaskan and Hawaiian Native cultures – in fact, the university strategic plan states this as one of its goals. Building upon our historic engagement with Native American communities and students, we strive to enhance the future for Native American leadership, encourage strong communities, and celebrate the diverse cultural heritage of our state and region. NAU attracts more than 1,500 Native American students from over 115 tribal nations throughout the country. The Native American Cultural Center was a dream 30 years in the making for the NAU and Flagstaff community. There were many people involved with the creation of the NACC, including tribal officials, two past NAU Presidents (Dr. Clara Lovett and Dr. John Haeger), and countless NAU students, faculty, and staff.
The Native American Cultural Center is a visible and celebrated facility located in the heart of NAUs Flagstaff campus, which creates a platform for Native American and Indigenous cultures, traditions, perspectives, and contributions. Through the center, students can interact with peers, seek academic support, and feel pride in their university involvement, whether they are on campus or linking to the university through extended campus programs. We believe the NACC impacts the lives of all of our students—improving their academic, social, and cultural experience, and opening new ideas and possibilities as they step into their future.
The 12,000 square foot facility houses activities that support student recruitment and retention, serving as a point of connection for Native and Indigenous groups and programs on campus and with Tribal communities. The center embodies Native values and symbolizes NAU’s commitment to Native Americans. Our main doors open to the east, greeting the sun every morning. Like many traditional Indigenous homes, the NACC has an opening in the center of the building. The NACC also hosts a Story Room, which is specifically designed to accommodate our students’ spiritual needs.
Services offered at the NACC
- Computer Lounge with 10 PCs and study space
- Beverage Bar- free Coffee and tea- Bring your own mug, please!
- Use of available space for studying and hanging out!
- Free Tutoring services in English composition and Navajo language!
- Elder Cultural Advisors Program, including lectures and workshops
- Native Initiatives Mentor
- Free Native American and Indigenous related lectures and workshops!
- Creating Community Cooking Series
- NACC Building Tours
- Student-to-Student Connections Program
- Mentoring Program
- Native American Alumni Outreach
The NACC has five multi-purpose rooms and an outdoor venue available for use by the general public and the NAU community. The Pattea A/B room can be separated into two smaller rooms. Please fill out the NACC Room reservation request form 2020 and email the completed form to: NACCRooms@nau.edu for consideration of your event at the NACC.
The NACC’s spaces available for use are:
- Gathering Room – large group settings and ability to burn sage, cedar and sweet grass (see policy). This room has a skylight, large screen for PowerPoint and/or film presentations. Special lighting upon request. Seating capacity maximums: theater (120); banquet (80); cocktail reception (150). Maximum people in the room is 180.
- Pattea Conference Rooms – seating maximum is 40 or 20 if separated into two rooms.
- Story Room (by special request) – small group, mediation/serenity. Advance approval and arrangement required, please check in with the NACC Administrative Associate.
- Outdoor Patio and Amphitheater: can also be reserved for use with limited arrangements.
You can review our policy for additional information.
Office of Indigenous Student Success (OISS) is also located within the west side of the NACC. OISS offers students the opportunity to connect with the campus community through a wide variety of events, activities, programs, and presentations, in additions to offering guidance to balance your academic and cultural commitments as you journey to become an NAU Lumberjack! The knowledgeable and friendly staff strives to provide top-notch services to students and has much to offer, including:
- 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