Northwestern is a community of learners situated within a network of historical and contemporary relationships with Native American tribes, communities, parents, students, and alumni. It is also in close proximity to an urban Native American community in Chicago and near several tribes in the Midwest.
The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa. It was also a site of trade, travel, gathering and healing for more than a dozen other Native tribes and is still home to over 100,000 tribal members in the state of Illinois.
Who We Are
you can find us across the university
MissionAt Northwestern, we seek to create spaces where Native American and Indigenous people are heard, their identities are honored, and they can be successful members of Northwestern as well as good tribal and community citizens. Learn more about our efforts.
Partner UnitsNative American and Indigenous Initiatives engage with key partner units and areas across campus. See who our partners are.
StaffConnect with key staff who have explicit responsibility for overseeing Native American and Indigenous efforts within schools and units across campus.
Attend an event, take a course, make connections
30 Days of IndigenousFor Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month 2023, Northwestern is celebrating with 30 Days of Indigenous, a month-long series of programming, educational offerings and invitations to deepen engagement and learning.
Prospective StudentsFind information for prospective students interested in our undergraduate and graduate programs.
Strategic PlanIn Fall of 2022, Northwestern launched the Native American and Indigenous Strategic Planning process. The plan is set to launch in Spring of 2024.
Stay connected. We maintain a quarterly newsletter that provides updates, news and events listing. You can also contact one of our people, including affiliated faculty and staff, directly.