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 1,580 Native American students from over 128 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
- Free printing up to 10 pages per day with an NAU
- Beverage Bar- free Coffee, tea, and hot cocoa-
Bring your own mug, please!
- Use of 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
- Native American and Indigenous related lectures
- Creating Community Cooking Series
- NACC Building Tours
- Multi-purpose rooms: The NACC has five rooms and
an outdoor venue available for use! Fill our the NACC room reservation form and
email to NACCRooms@nau.edu. Review
our policy for additional information.
- Student-to-Student Connections Program
- Mentoring Program
- Native American Alumni Outreach
Native American Student
Services (NASS) is also located within the west side of the NACC. NASS
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,
- 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