NAU Land Acknowledgement
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.
Native American Cultural Center
A dedicated cultural center to call home
Students in search of support, culture, and community can easily find it at the 12,000-square-foot Native American Cultural Center (NACC), located in the heart of the Flagstaff campus. Built in 2011, the NACC “home away from home” is a campus hub where students can access services, attend cultural events, study, and socialize.
The only facility of its kind in the entire Southwest, the NACC provides resources that help students navigate the university and support their academic success. It is a warm gathering place for students, scholars, Tribal collaborators, the university community, and the public. On average, the NACC serves more than 10,000 students per year, welcomes 70,000 visitors, and hosts 465 events per year in various capacities, such as tours, educational presentations, concerts, cultural events, and student services.
The center embodies Native values and symbolizes NAU’s commitment to Indigenous Peoples. The main doors open to the east, greeting the sun every morning. Like many traditional Indigenous homes, the NACC has an open gathering space in the center of the building. The NACC also hosts a Story Room specifically designed to accommodate our students’ spiritual needs.
The NACC was built with core funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians of Highland, California, and the support of numerous other donors. In addition to the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI), the NACC houses the Office of Indigenous Student Success (OISS), which provides culturally competent, individualized support for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students through services such as Indigenous Connections to Success, Field Day, and Indigenous Peer Mentorship.
NACC is home to the Office of Native American Initiatives led by Vice President of Native American Initiatives Ann Marie Chischilly, ONAI seeks to make a substantial and enduring contribution to a new era in Native American/Indigenous self-determination. ONAI fosters five main programs and many partnerships that strive to support NAU’s goal to become the leading university serving Indigenous Peoples.
- partnering with Native American and Indigenous communities
- collaborating with tribal colleges and universities
- contributing to a culture of support for Native American and Indigenous students
- building bridges to and from Indigenous-serving institutions across the globe
ONAI offices are located on the second floor of the NACC and office on the north side of first floor.Learn more
Supporting and encouraging Indigenous students
The Office of Native American Initiatives in conjunction with NAU Marketing, worked together to create logos and graphics that represent ONAIs Core Values of Relationships, Responsibility, Respect, and Resilience. These logos and graphics are a collective representation of values that are upheld within many different Indigenous communities.
Operating hours for fall 2023
Operating hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Questions? Call 928-523-9557 or email email@example.com.
The Office of Indigenous Student Success will be available and can be reached at 928-523-8086 or email ISSNatives@nau.edu.