About NAI

Native American Initiatives at Notre Dame is designed to foster intellectual knowledge of and cultural appreciation for the Native American and Indigenous experience. NAI collaborates with divisions and departments across campus to offer Native American programming that will enrich the campus.

NAI was created in response to growing interest in Native American studies and topics across campus. NAI was led by Laurie Arnold, (Colville) Ph.D. in its early years and has continued under Interim Director Brian Collier, Ph.D. since 2013. NAI is housed in the the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame, but works to promote Native Initiatives throughout the entire university. 


We acknowledge our presence on the traditional homeland of the Pokégnek Bodéwadmik / Pokagon Potawatomi, who have been using this land for education for thousands of years and continue to do so.