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The Native American Cultural Center's mission is to champion Indigenous excellence, foster leadership development and promote wellness. As part of the Centers for Equity, Community, and Leadership, under the umbrella of the Vice Provost for Student Affairs, 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 Native nations and islands, and is a welcoming place to others on campus and beyond.

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. Student's 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.

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

Ours is a community of similarities and differences. Over the years, the Native 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 Hawaiian 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.

 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.