Student Resources & Organizations

There are several student organizations and university-sponsored support groups that coordinate activities with NAS.  The three main student organizations are the Native American Student Association, the Native American Law Student Association, and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society.  These active groups sponsor speakers and put their energies toward the April Dance for Mother Earth Pow Wow, one of two Ann-Arbor metropolitan area pow wows that take place each academic year (in October there is a pow wow at Eastern Michigan University in neighboring Ypsilanti).


The two university organizations are Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA), which has an active and effective Native American Liaison in Linh Nguyen, and the Office of Academic and Multicultural Initiatives (OAMI).  MESA is dedicated to providing assistance and advice to the organizations run by and for students of color.  OAMI provides students of color with educational multi-cultural opportunities in programming, research, and leadership. From an Affirmative Action Office to a Center for the Education of Women, there are many other offices on campus which also provide support, but MESA and OAMI work most closely with NAS.


Other resources for students:

Native American Students and the University of Michigan (PDF)

Treaty of 1817