Native American Student Engagement & Resources

Student Engagement

Anishinaabe Student Leadership Camp

The Anishinaabe Student Leadership Camp at Grand Valley State University offers Native American/North American Indigenous high schools students an opportunity to build their future as leaders. This camp promotes cultural learning, preparation for college and a unique experience on GVSU’s campus.

The Native American Maajtaadaa! Student Orientation is a three-day orientation designed to support students who identify with as Native American  - to welcome you to campus, help you connect with fellow students, faculty and staff and navigate the many campus and community resources available to you.  It takes place prior to Transitions: New Student Orientation.

Maajtaadaa 2022 Orientation group

The Mno’chigewin: Native Student Success Program (designed for students who identify as Native American) is designed to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. This program is open to all students and a reflection of our values of inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success.

Next Meeting: Oct. 12th: KC 2263 - Finding Your Gifts

Register to make sure you receive the link for the StrengthFinders Assessment that will need to be completed by Oct. 5th.  Registration Deadline: Oct. 3rd! This will ensure that Mno Bmadsen will have your results on the evening of the meeting where we will be reviewing those results.  Mno Bmadsen will also be introducing us all to their work as the economic arm of the Pokagon Tribe, and the many opportunities they have to offer students. 



Mno'Chigewin Fall 2022 programming flyer

As part of the MnoChigewin Programming, we are starting the Nwiijkiwenh Mentorship Program.  This is a group of GVSU faculty and staff who are dedicated in serving our Indigenous population.  We know that the more interactions a student has with those caring adults on campus, their rates of completion greatly increase.  As those that have shown interest in our Indigenous specific programming, you will begin to grow relationships, build community, and have more people in your corner.  We invite you to participate in this next step in building our Indigenous community here at Grand Valley State University. 

Native American Student Graduation Feast

The Native American Advisory Council (NAAC) hosts an annual graduation feast to celebrate the accomplishments and future endeavors of fall and winter semester graduates. Families and community members are invited to celebrate graduates and their contributions. As a gift for each graduate, the NAAC reserves a ceremonial cord for undergraduate students and a stole for graduate students to wear with their graduation regalia.

Native American Student Association (NASA) is a registered Student Organization at Grand Valley State University dedicated to promoting Native American/Indigenous cultural awareness across the Allendale campus and surrounding community, as well as bringing attention to important broader Native American social issues. The organization is proud to have a diverse membership of both Native American and non-Native students. The organization is open to both undergrad and graduate students as well as GVSU faculty/staff.

Join any of our hundreds of student organizations, various programming teams, fraternity and sorority life, or participate in civic engagement and leadership opportunities!

Cultural Programming

Native American Heritage Celebration is the celebration of the history, culture, traditions and contributions of Native Americans. The celebration is recognized nationally every November, but the Native American Advisory Council believes we should always celebrate who we are.  We will be hosting different events throughout the entire academic year.  Please stay tuned.

Native American Heritage Celebration

Pow Wow

Pow Wow is a community gathering and celebration of culture through ceremony, song, dance, feasting and socializing. Traditional Pow Wows include invited Elders, Veterans and other honored guests to perform and participate in the celebration.  At a Pow Wow, you can expect a series of activities including dancers, drummers, singers, vendors, and food.  All while maintaining a central core in a traditional ceremony. 


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