San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians

San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians
Northern Arizona University

The San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians believes that Northern Arizona University is the right place for a Native American Cultural Center that serves as “home away from home” for students across the nation. The tribe’s generous contribution initiated the funding campaign for NAU’s future cultural center, and they are “encouraged by NAU's outreach to the Native community.” San Manuel Chairman James Ramos (pictured at right with NAU students) feels strongly that the center will be a source of pride for students and a perfect place to partner an excellent education with cultural support and awareness. The tribe stepped up to the plate for NAU acknowledging the university’s national ranking as one of the top 10 institutions for enrolling Native American students, and one of the top five for awarding both undergraduate and graduate degrees to Native American students. At NAU, 62 tribes are represented, and according to President John Haeger, NAU has the dedicated mission to be a “premier institution in the United States for serving Native American students and faculty.”