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Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

The Center for Native American and Indigenous Research (CNAIR) is Northwestern University’s primary institutional space dedicated to advancing scholarship, teaching, learning and artistic or cultural practices related to Native American and Indigenous communities, priorities, histories and lifeways.

The Center operates as a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative work informed by and responsive to Native American and Indigenous nations, communities and organizations. CNAIR fosters an innovative and Indigenous-centered intellectual space that is open to multiple modes of engagement for faculty, students, staff and community members.

The Center commits to developing and promoting reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships and partnerships with Native American and Indigenous communities. The Center acknowledges the Indigenous peoples of the lands on which Northwestern University sits, as well as the University’s historical relationship with the Cheyenne and Arapaho.