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Human Rights
Film Series

Join us on March 27th & April 10th for the Spring 2024 Human Rights Film Series and Elder-in-Residence — “Madan Sara” tells the story of women entrepreneurs in Haiti and “Amá” addresses the involuntary sterilization of Native American women. 

Join us on April 2nd for "Imagining the Indian"—a film viewing and panel discussion shown in partnership with the Leadership Studies Program.

Why minor in Native American Studies?

Our Native American Studies (NAS) minors have applied their education in a variety of successful professional roles, serving as educators, artists, researchers, interpreters at historical sites, engineers, legal consultants, in health care, and other meaningful careers.

Minor in Native American Studies Internships Student Resources

Fall 2023 Special Topic Course: 493A: Sovereign Tribal Nations 

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Danny Trejo stands in front of a podium to give a presentation. He is wearing a white shirt and his grey hair is pulled back into a tight bun.

Annual Peace Tree Ceremony

A highlight of the academic year, we welcome Morgantown-area residents and members of the local Native American communities to campus to join in the Peace Tree Tradition .

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Explore Resources and Issues

Educate yourself on indigenous communities and issues. Here you will find resources for teachers, research on mascots , regional and national links and more.

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News and Upcoming Events

Year after year, we welcome outstanding Native leaders to campus to offer their insights and share their perspectives. We host workshops, research colloquia, lectures and more.

Our Mission

A cornerstone of our educational mission has been the belief that the best learning takes place when people tell their own story, in their own words.

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Medicine Wheel

The Medicine Wheel

The iconic NAS medicine wheel was designed by the late WVU Art Professor Emeritus Urban Couch, a longstanding member of the NAS Committee.

The four points of the medicine wheel represent the cardinal directions and the four Great Powers of the wheel; the wheel represents universal harmony.

Professor Couch, former Chair of WVU’s Division of Art, was an award-winning visual artist, curator, and educator whose work is included in collections the the Art Museum of WVU and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, etc.


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