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Northern Arizona University is unique in its mission to become the leading university serving Native Americans. The Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) was established to make this mission a reality. ONAI seeks to make a substantial and enduring contribution to a new era in American Indian self-determination by:
- partnering with Native American communities
- collaborating with tribal colleges and universities
- contributing to a culture of support for Native American students
- building bridges to and from Indigenous-serving institutions across the globe
The Office of Native American Initiatives has 5 different programs and many partners that strive to support NAUs goal to become the leading university serving Native Americans. Following is a quick introduction to the 5 program areas and a few of our partners.
Native American Cultural Center
The Native American Cultural Center (NACC) is the central hub for Native American & Indigenous activities at NAU, providing resources for Indigenous students, Arizona tribes, local organizations, and students, staff, and faculty throughout the NAU campus. The NACC also has rooms available for booking, check the NACC webpage for more information.
Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE)
The goal of INE is to be the premier preK-12 professional development institute of choice for Native Nations in the United States. The Institute for Native-serving Educators houses all professional development partnerships and programs for teachers and administrators in early childhood programs through high school.
Tribal Leadership Initiative
The Tribal Leadership Initiative provides training and support for current and future tribal leaders in Indian Country through graduate curricula, executive education, youth leadership programs, fellowships, and more…
Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
The Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals focuses on the protection and sustainability of Native American land, strengthening tribal capacity and sovereignty in environmental and resource management through culturally relevant education, research, partnerships and policy-based services.
The Development program of ONAI focuses on locating resources for NAUs Native American and Indigenous community. Current work is focused on an expansion of the Native American Cultural Center to include additional office spaces, classrooms, and activity areas for the community.
Office of Indigenous Student Success
Office of Indigenous Student Success (OISS) provides culturally competent, individualized support, for American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students at Northern Arizona University.