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Alumni and Friends

Support Native American Studies

The Native American Studies (NAS) program is committed to respectful stewarding of inherited knowledges and cultivating of knowledge-making of, by, and for Native American and Indigenous peoples in the United States. Through critical inquiry into Native American experiences past and present, faculty and students examine the ongoing centrality of Native peoples in American life, the continuing impacts of settler colonialism on histories of dispossession and erasure, and the optics of hope in contemporary movements of revitalization and resurgence. Our faculty bring internationally renowned expertise from humanities, social science, law, and performing arts fields into teaching, research and mentorship.

Giving Opportunities

Native American Studies Strategic Fund

NAS at University of Michigan aims to provide leadership in developing the field as intellectual endeavors anchored in research and scholarship, and importantly, doing so in relation to Native communities and NAS programs throughout Michigan. Funding support will sustain our capacity to broaden student and faculty experiences by convening events, residencies, and gatherings that deepen relationships with knowledge-keeping and knowledge-making stakeholders.

Our funding priorities seek to leverage current infrastructural funding from the College of Literature, Sciences, and Arts, and the Rackham Graduate School, by enabling NAS to create imaginative events and activities of high impact to communities on and off campus.

Undergraduate Internship Opportunities to launch summer-long undergraduate internships with Native communities, providing students valuable experience in participating in community-led development initiatives. 

Ojibwe Language Nesting to strengthen relationships with both first-language and heritage-language speakers, in support of developing new pedagogies and resources that enrich and expand ongoing language instruction and revitalization. 

Contemporary ARTistic Expression (CARTE) initiative aims to connect U-M students with Native and Indigenous artists (including visual, sound, performing, and digital) in meaningful ways through experiential encounters and short-term residencies.

Thank you for supporting Native American Studies!