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 Graduate Taylor Billey, second from right, a member of the Navajo Nation from New Mexico is surrounded by family and friends after graduation. Credit: Linda A. Cicero / Stanford News Service


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The Native American Cultural Center prioritizes providing support for student success both inside and outside of the classroom. Below are some of our academic resources for Native students at Stanford University.

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Native American Studies Program

Housed in the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity (CCSRE), the Native American Studies (NAS) program introduces students to a broad range of approaches to the study of Native people, history, and culture. Students who major in NAS have the opportunity of doing advanced work in a variety of diverse disciplines. 

  • Major and Minor options available 
  • Interdisciplinary course offerings
  • Six affiliated Native language courses (Cherokee, Hawaiian, Inupiaq, Lakota, Nahuatl, Quechua, Samoan)
  • Opportunities for advanced research and community-engaged learning

For more information about Native American Studies major and minor programs at Stanford, please visit the program website

Book-related event with the author at Muwekma.

Native Languages at Stanford

All Stanford undergraduates are required to complete one year of college-level study or the equivalent in a foreign language. Within the Special Languages Program (SLP) at Stanford are a variety of Indigenous languages that are currently offered to students that fulfill the university language requirement; Cherokee, Hawaiian, Inupiaq, Lakota, Samoan, Nahuatl, and Quechua. Past Indigenous language course offerings have included Navajo and Yup’ik. 

To explore current Native language course offerings, visit the Special Language Program website here.

Hinšuušte - Journal for Indigenous Studies

Cover of the journal

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