Native American Information Fair & Reception

Learn about NAU resources, Native American departments, programs and student organizations at the Native American Information Fair & Reception scheduled every fall term (September) at the Native American Cultural Center (building 14). Event is open to the campus community. For questions, contact the Native American Cultural Center (928-523-9557).

Fall Stew Fest

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.  The Fall Stew Fest will be held on September 22, 2017 at the Native American Cultural Center (building 14).  For questions, contact NASS (928-523-8086) or NACC (928-523-9557).

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 2018 Pageant (November 2017)
  • Native American-themed lunch and dinner menu items at the Hot Spot (University Union, bldg. 30)
  • Guest speakers and performers

A community poster will be available highlighting key events for the month.  For more information, contact Sharon S. Doctor (928) 523-6960.

Native American Convocation Ceremony


A special cultural recognition ceremony for Native American, Alaskan Native, and Native Hawaiian students who graduated the previous fall term or are graduating in spring term.  The annual ceremony is hosted by the Native American Student Services and the Native American Cultural Center in Ardrey Auditorium and graduating students are encouraged to invite their family, friends, professors and other special guests to this honoring event.  Students who participate in the ceremony are recognized on stage with an ivory sash as their names, tribal affiliation/ethnicity, hometown and degree name are announced.  

Next year's ceremony has been tentatively scheduled for Thursday, May 10, 2018 from 3:30 to 5 PM MST. 

E-invitation announcements will be emailed to students who have applied for graduation for the May 2018 commencement and to those who graduated in December 2017.  The RSVP link will be forthcoming.  This event is open to the community.

For more information, contact Native American Student Services at (928) 523-8086.