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.


The 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.


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 Graduation Feast


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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