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About the NACC

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Who we are and where we come from

Our roots at Stanford date back earlier than the institution itself. Built on land originally inhabited by the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, Stanford University opened its doors in 1891.  Matriculating in 1894, John Milton Oskison was the first Native American to graduate from Stanford in 1898. Fueled by the spirit of social and political change during the 1960s, a group of Native students worked with the university administration to increase educational opportunities for Natives at Stanford. Since then, our numbers have increased, and students have continued to take an active role in increasing opportunities for our community at Stanford. Today, there are more than 400 undergraduate and graduate students representing more than 50 tribes studying at Stanford.

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Detail of a costume at the Stanford Powwow. Credit Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service
Nico Phoenix was a competitor in the Teen Boy's Traditional Dance competition. The 38th Annual Stanford Powwow, Eucalyptus Grove, Stanford University.  Nico Phoenix was a competitor in the Teen Boy's Traditional Dance competition. The 38th Annual Stanford Powwow, Eucalyptus Grove, Stanford University.

Ours is a community of similarities and differences. Over the years, the Native American community at Stanford has brought together people from a wide range of affiliations and a hundred different tribal backgrounds—all with different talents and experiences.  Once here, students explore different interests, become involved in a range of activities and participate in the community in many important ways. In our diversity we find strength as each individual brings a new gift, talent or perspective to the group. Though we may be very different in terms of background, viewpoint or level of involvement, each of us make up a part of the whole that is our community.

We invite you to join with us at the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawai'ian Program/Native American Cultural Center (AIANNHP/NACC)—students, staff, faculty, alumni, families and friends—and share your unique abilities as we strive to make a difference throughout Native America.

Photo and video credit: Jalen Ellis (Shinnecock), Stanford High School Summer College/Summer Session, 2017.

Our Mission: The Native American Cultural Center's mission is to champion Indigenous excellence, foster leadership development and promote wellness.  The NACC anchors events, programs, lectures, performances, meetings and conversations around Native issues.  It is a place to learn, to grow, to relax, to celebrate, to meet friends, to find support, to get advice, and to nurture community.  It is home to Stanford’s 400 Indigenous-identifying students representing 50 nations and islands, and a welcoming place to others on campus and beyond.

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The Native American Cultural Center is located on campus at the edge of White Plaza, in the Old Union Clubhouse, the Native American Cultural Center occupies the entire ground floor.  Once the NACC reopens--when the danger of the COVID Pandemic has passed--students again will have regular access to its Lounge, Computer Cluster, Resource Library, and Undergraduate and Graduate Organizational Office Spaces.  Also located within the NACC are Professional Staff Offices and a Community Kitchen.

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Professional Staff

Meet the professional staff of the Native American Cultural Center and how to connect with them. 

Flowers growing in the Meg Webster Garden. The garden of California native plants located on the east side of the Keck Science Building, has continued to thrive since it's dedication in June 2003. Photo credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Student Staff

Meet the student staff of the Native American Cultural Center and how to connect with them. 

 Credit: University Archives. #647. circa 1900s. A 1904 innovation leading to card stunts: strategically placed Stanford rooters in white hats and shirts to spell out "LSJU." Stanford Chronology. Stanford history.

History Timelines

Explore Native American History at Stanford.

Detail of dress worn at Powwow. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service

Indigenous Exhibits and Installations

Review a curated list of various indigenous-related events. 

Recreation of the ComingVoice front page.

ComingVoice

ComingVoice is the official newsletter of the Native Community at Stanford University.

Photographs of the Nez Perce Tamkaliks Celebration and Friendship Feast by Mia Ritter-Whittle
The Stanford Native Community's platform for creative expression

The Nativist

An online publication for creative writing, painting, poetry, photographics, computer graphics, theater, music, and other visual arts from students and alumni. The Nativist replaces Rising Spirit, printed only once in the late 1990s. New information to come soon!