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


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The rich history and legacy of transformative change ignited by Native student activism and advocacy throughout the past 50 years at Stanford has left an undeniable footprint on campus. Our community, now home to over 450 Indigenous-identifying students who together represent 50 tribal nations and island communities, has transformed Stanford into one of the leading institutions for Native student support and success. Everything our community has come to love and enjoy as part of our shared experience at Stanford has been a direct result of actions by generations of Native student leaders who had a vision for a better future for the Stanford Native community.

Honoring our Community Story

Indigenous Excellence at Stanford: Histories, Voices, and Perspectives from the Past 50 Years

In celebration of the 50th anniversaries of the Stanford American Indian Organization and the Stanford Powwow, the Native American Cultural Center is thrilled to invite you to explore the history of our community at Stanford. Using the StoryMap platform, viewers will explore major moments in the history of Stanford’s Indigenous community through an interactive digital exhibit consisting of oral histories, student newsletters, rarely seen photographs, and original documents—all of which come together to retell the story of our beloved community. A project years in the making, Indigenous Excellence at Stanford: Histories, Voices, and Perspectives from the Past 50 Years, commemorates a legacy of activism, advocacy, ingenuity, and excellence that has come to define the Stanford Native community. 

 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.