Fall Stew Fest (a Family Weekend event)

This annual event is a celebration of community and Native American hospitality at which individuals enjoy traditional Native American stews (mutton, hominy beef, green chili pork, vegetable) and frybread.  Several Native American/Native Hawaiian student organizations and other invited departments are invited to table at the event.  This past year the Fall Stew Fest was held on Saturday, September 27, 2014 at the Native American Cultural Center (building 14).  For questions about the fall 2015 event, contact NASS (928-523-8086) or NACC (928-523-9557).

 Fall Stew Fest Invitation Card

Native American Heritage Month

In November, student organizations and individual departments hold campus-wide festivities commemorating Native/American Indian, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian heritage.  Events and activities that promote awareness of indigenous culture and contributions, include:

  • the annual Miss Indian NAU Pageant (November 2015, location TBA)
  • Native American-themed lunch and dinner menu items at the Hot Spot (University Union, bldg. 30)
  • guest speakers and performers

A community poster is available which highlights a few of the month's events.  For more information, contact Sharon S. Doctor (928) 523-6960.

Native American Convocation Ceremony


Native American Student Services invites graduating students and their families to the 20th Annual Native American Convocation Ceremony - a cultural recognition celebration. This annual ceremony will be held on Thursday, May 7, 2015 from 3:30 to 5 PM MST at Ardrey Auditorium (bldg. 37A).  This special ceremony recognizes Native American students who are receiving their bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees.  Graduates are honored with a beautiful handmade graduation sash, and a reception follows the ceremony.  Invitations will be sent to students who have applied for graduation for the May 2015 commencement and to those who graduated in December 2014.  More information to be posted in spring 2015.  Due to a limited funding, NASS is not able to have a December convocation, however, students will be sent an email detailing how to receive a complimentary ivory sash to wear at the December NAU Commencement Exercises.

Graduating students with questions may contact Sharon S. Doctor (928) 523-6960.