The Native American Student Association fosters community among Native students on campus.


NASA fosters community among Native students on campus and those interested in Native American/First Nations/Indigenous political issues, cultural practices, and language. NASA holds multiple events each semester, we invite you to join us!


The Native American Student Association first began meeting in 1972, inspired by student
activism and calls for institutional change. Since then the organization has grown and developed through events like the annual powwow, activism that routinely challenges the status quo on the UM campus, and community building that provides a home for Native American students from across the country.


NASA is primarily a space of community and belonging for Native American students at the University of Michigan. It hosts/sponsors informal and formal events.

If you would like to share your stories from your time at UM please let us know. In an in-person or virtual interview you can share your memories and encourage current and future Native students at UM.


The Dance for Mother Earth Powwow is the oldest student-run powwow in the country. Begun in 1973 the powwow is a major, annual event organized and hosted by NASA.


NASA has a long history of student activism that begins concurrently with its founding 1972. In the early years NASA members and Native American students on campus critiqued the University’s failure to live up to the Treaty of Ft. Miegs, called for a Native American Studies program, advocated for dedicated housing and community space for Native students, spoke up about the repatriation of Native remains from university possession, filed civil rights complaints, filed a lawsuit, and filed several official complaints against the university.