Native American Studies is the study of cultures, languages, histories, and intellectual traditions of the original peoples of the Americas. The degree emphasizes an interdisciplinary, community-based, and future-oriented approach. Native American Studies students will develop critical skills to prepare them for roles that support their local community or Indigenous nations worldwide.

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Further Studies

Once you get your Associate's Degree from CNM, you can transfer to a four-year university. The University of New Mexico has both Bachelor's and Master degree programs in Native American Studies, and will have a Ph.D program soon. Other options for further related studies are:

  • Anthropology
  • Linguistics
  • Education
  • Museum Studies
  • Counseling

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Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) is the largest scholarly organization that engages indigenous issues and communities. NAISA's international and interdisciplinary membership is comprised of professional academics, students, independent scholars, community-based educators, and elders.

American Indian Graduate Center

The American Indian Graduate Center provides financial support for American Indians and Alaska Natives seeking higher education, and supports them in attaining undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees.

The AIGC partners with Tribes, the federal government, foundations, corporations and individuals to ensure the growth and sustainability of scholarships.