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Affirming and Empowering the American Indian and Alaska Native Community

American Indian and Alaska Native students, faculty, and staff add rich experiences and perspectives to the UNLV community. UNLV is committed to affirming and supporting Native American people.

American Indian/Alaska Native students, faculty, and staff may face challenges navigating higher education. UNLV provides programs, services, and resources to support Native communities.

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Resources

  • Student Diversity & Social Justice – the office of Student Diversity & Social Justice (SDSJ) was created out of student demand for identity specific support. As such, several identity-based positions were created to serve UNLV’s traditionally underserved students through programs, initiatives, and services.
  • Diversity trainings – peer educators are dedicated to leading presentations, training sessions, and workshops related to social justice and diversity.
  • Native American Student Association – NASA is an undergraduate student organization dedicated to Native students and its allies.
  • American Indian Alliance – faculty and staff alliance.
  • American Indian & Indigenous Studies Minor – the American Indian and Indigenous Studies minor focuses on the experiences of American Indian and indigenous people in the Americas from an interdisciplinary and comparative perspective, which includes anthropology, art, English, history, political science, sociology, and gender and sexuality studies.
  • American Indian Research and Education Center – conducts community based research, and promotes educational and research opportunities for American Indian/Alaska Native students.
  • Native American Alumni Club – promote an academic and social environment at UNLV that attracts, welcomes, and retains Native American students, faculty, and staff by recognizing the value of Native American people and their cultures.
  • Jean Nidetch CARE Center – provides free and confidential support services to members of the UNLV community who have been impacted by sexual assault, relationship abuse, family violence, and/or stalking.
  • Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Health and Human Services – provides medical, dental, optical and behavioral health outpatient services to all North American Federally Recognized Native American Tribes.

News

In the News

Las Vegas Review Journal
Dec. 1, 2020

Annika Roseen is on a quest to regain what has been lost in her culture. Now, she’s doing it with the Mx. Native UNLV title.

Slate
Oct. 19, 2020

On a morning he should have been in middle school, 12-year-old Isaac Durham collapsed on the sidewalk after drinking a fifth of vodka stolen from a Circle K in Flagstaff, Arizona. After the paramedics pumped his stomach, he was charged with underaged consumption of alcohol and became a juvenile offender for the first time.

Las Vegas Sun
Sep. 4, 2020

The Clark County School Board is considering renaming Kit Carson Elementary School International Academy because of Carson’s role in the death of hundreds of Native Americans during the colonization of the West.

Las Vegas Review Journal
Jun. 24, 2020

Nevada’s 27 tribal nations say they were left behind for two crucial months as the coronavirus crept into every corner of the state.