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Native American Initiatives

Northern Arizona University is unique in its mission to become the leading university serving Native Americans. The Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) was established to make this mission a reality. ONAI seeks to make a substantial and enduring contribution to a new era in American Indian self-determination by:

  • partnering with Native American communities
  • collaborating with tribal colleges and universities
  • contributing to a culture of support for Native American students
  • building bridges to and from Indigenous-serving institutions across the globe



Looking for a way to make your impact on Native American Initiative efforts? You can make a real difference by donating to one of these funds: 

  • Indigenous Student Success – Emergency Fund - This fund supports students with books, supplies, food, transportation, gasoline purchases, clothes, health, or other areas as determined by the Director of Office of Indigenous Student Success


  • Native American Cultural Center Fund (NACC) - NACC strives to support students and to educate the larger community on the histories, cultures, and issues facing Native American/Alaskan Native/ Native Hawaiian and Indigenous communities. It is a “home away from home” for many in the NAU Community. This fund also supports students experiencing food insecurity. 


  • Indigenous Student Success (ISS) – General Assistance - ISS provides individualized support in a caring and professional environment that respects and values our Native American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, and all people who identify as Indigenous students. In partnership with NACC, program staff assist students with the transition from home to the university community through peer mentoring, connections to campus and off-campus resources, and cultural events and activities. 


  • Virgil Masayesva Education Fund – ITEP - Established in honor of the co-founder of the Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals (ITEP), this fund supports Native American students pursuing environmental careers and those committed to careers associated with environmental protection of Indian Country.


  • NACC Cultural Activities Fund - The Native American Cultural Center is a visible and celebrated facility located in the heart of NAU's Flagstaff campus, which creates a platform for Native American and Indigenous cultures, traditions, perspectives, and contributions. The NACC creates programming and events in four areas: cultural expression events, social outreach events, inclusive educational events, and Indigenous health and wellbeing events. Your donation supports Native American Cultural Center activities, including exhibits, dances and festivals. View upcoming events on the NACC website.  


  • Institute for Native-serving Educators (INE)  - INE aims to strengthen schooling across Indian Country. The goal of INE is to be the premier preK-12 professional development institute of choice for Native Nations in the United States. This fund supports long-term professional development for Diné Institute for Navajo Nation Educators, Indigenous Early Childhood Educators, Culturally Responsive Schooling, Indian Country School Counselors Institute, and the Teacher Leadership Shiłgozhóó Institute in the San Carlos Unified School District.
$7,050
Alumni Association Board We are Lumberjacks Challenge
Thank you Jacks for your support on Giving Day! 222 alumni made a gift and unlocked the Alumni Association Board Challenge. Your current Alumni Association Board and Past Presidents have made their gifts: Art Atonna; Kedren Dillard; Trina George; Alex Gutierrez; Heidi Hansen; Jana Harper; Melvin Hunter; Jimmy Jayne; Marquitta Lambert; Carmelle Malkovich; Joe Mead; Mary O'Driscoll; Kim Ott; Brandon Rivera; Nancy Serenbetz; Janet Sweigart; Maggie Thom; Wayne Watson; and Cathy Wylet. WE ARE LUMBERJACKS
222 / 222 Gifts
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CAPCOT Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from CAPCOT staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
$500 MATCHED
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HR Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from HR staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
$500 MATCHED
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ITS Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from ITS staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
$500 MATCHED
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$1,000
Office of Native American Initiatives Challenge
The Leadership Team in the Office of Native American Initiatives (ONAI) challenge you to donate to any fund that supports Native American Initiatives. The Leadership Team members will donate $1,000 collectively to support NAU ONAI students and programming once $1,000 in gifts are received. Make a gift now, increase your impact, and show the world that we are Lumberjacks!
$1,000 / $1,000 Raised
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President’s Staff Challenge
President José Luis Cruz Rivera is challenging faculty and staff to get involved on Giving Day. He will personally deliver donuts and coffee to the department that has the highest percentage of participation. Give now and help your department win this special treat! (Results will be tallied Friday 4/15 to account for payroll deductions.)
Your gift may help unlock a match or challenge, please select your department below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Student Affairs 61
2 COE 55
3 SBS 54
4 CEFNS 38
5 Advancement and Foundation 35
6 ITS 33
7 HR 30
8 CAPCOT 28
9 CHHS 27
10 Enrollment Management 27
11 CEIAS 23
12 University Marketing 21
13 UFBS (FIPA) 19
14 FCB 16
15 CAL 14
16 Athletics 8
17 ONAI/OISS 4
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UFBS (FIPA) Staff Match
Senior Vice President, Bjorn Flugstad, will match all gifts from UFBS (FIPA) staff up to $500. Give to any fund and see your impact double!
$500 MATCHED
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Alumni Chapter Leaderboard
Are you a member of a NAU Alumni Chapter? Be sure to let us know during checkout so we can add your gift to the leaderboard tally. WE ARE LUMBERJACKS!
If you are a member of an NAU Alumni Chapter, please select your Chapter below:
Rank Answer Gifts
1 Flagstaff Chapter 61
2 Phoenix Chapter 24
3 Washington D.C. Chapter 6
4 Denver Chapter 5
5 Portland Chapter 5
6 Native American Chapter 5
7 San Diego Chapter 4
8 Boise Area (*not a chapter) 3
9 Yuma Chapter 2
10 Prescott Chapter 1
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Enrollment Management Staff Match
Vice President of Enrollment Management, Anika Olsen, will match all Enrollment Management staff gifts up to $1,000 to any fund. Make a gift now and have twice the impact. We are Lumberjacks!
$1,000 MATCHED
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$500
Human Resources Challenge
Do you work in Human Resources at NAU? If so, Vice President of Human Resources, Josh Mackey, challenges you. After 20 donors make a gift of any amount to any fund on campus, he will release his gift of $500 to support the Lumberjack Emergency Assistance Fund. And if 30 HR staff make a donation, he will release a second gift of $500 to support the Staff Book Scholarship. Make a gift now and help unlock Josh’s gifts!
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$1,000
NAU Foundation Board Challenge
Senior Vice President, Christy Farley, challenges the NAU Foundation Board! Once each member of the board makes a gift for NAU Giving Day, Christy will release her gift.
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$2,500
President’s Challenge - Supporting Student Parents
President José Luis Cruz Rivera has created a fund to support the unique challenges faced by students who are also parents – a role he understands, since he was a parent while attending college. On Giving Day, he will personally donate another $2,500 to this fund once 50 people donate to any student support fund.
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$50,000
The Harrison Batey Lumberjack Challenge
Hey Lumberjacks, make a gift to support the fund that matters most to you at NAU and watch your donation go further! Rebecca Harrison Batey, ’73, challenges you to show your Lumberjack spirit. As soon as the Giving Day thermometer hits $50,000, Rebecca will release her $50,000 gift to support the College of Education. Give now and show the world the impact Jacks can have together.
$50,000 / $50,000 Raised
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University Marketing Staff Match
Do you work in University Marketing? If so, Chief Marketing Officer, Harlan Teller, will match your gift up to $500! Give now to the cause at NAU most important to you and Harlan will help you double your impact. We are Lumberjacks!
$500 MATCHED
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