From local to global, NAU inspires and empowers Indigenous peoples.
Commitment to Indigenous Peoples
In honor of the unique sovereign status of Indigenous Peoples and the sacred land on which the university was built, NAU will advance intentional recruitment; culturally responsive educational opportunities and programming; support for faculty, staff, and students; and mutually beneficial partnerships that promote educational attainment and opportunities for Indigenous Peoples and communities.
NAU’s Native American Cultural Center
Located in the heart of campus, the building serves as a gathering space for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students. It is a place to celebrate culture and build community.
Preparing culturally relevant health professionals
Nikki Cooley, alumna and assistant director of NAU’s Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals, is an Indigenous scientist and educator. She draws strength from her ancestor’s past as she works to address future climate change challenges.Read full story
To build an Indigenous nation
In his nearly 30-year career, Manley Begay Jr., EdD, has worked with more than 500 different Indigenous nations spanning the globe, getting to know diverse Native leaders and helping them build the strength to face the challenges of the modern era.
Student grounded by roots, community
Autumn Begay, ’22, found her home away from home at NAU’s Native American Cultural Center (NACC).
Seneca biochemist working on HIV and opioid vaccines
At NAU, research leaders like chemical biologist Naomi Lee, PhD (Seneca), explore, discover, and work to find solutions to the most critical health challenges facing Arizona and the world today. Is it possible to have a vaccine to prevent HIV or treat opioid addiction?
Honoring heritage in forest management
Assistant Professor of Forestry, Jonathan Martin (Navajo/Diné), teaches about how tribes are now engaging in cross-boundary forest management treatments. Acknowledging the benefits of the land is key for good forest management, he says.
Hands-on research to prevent disease
Students learn alongside some of the world’s leading microbiologists and genomics experts who identify superbugs through DNA sequencing and track pathogens to study deadly outbreaks.
Creating a home away from home
Ora Marek-Martinez, BA Anthropology and History, ’01; MA Applied Cultural Anthropology, ’03, offers boundless support for Indigenous students at NAU.
Northern Arizona University sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks, on homelands sacred to Native Americans throughout the region. We honor their past, present, and future generations, who have lived here for millennia and will forever call this place home.