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NAU Announces The New Seven Generations Signature Initiative To Benefit Indigenous Peoples Studies And Student Success

Northern Arizona University has announced a $10-million Seven Generations Signature Initiative to advance Indigenous People-focused scholarship, partnerships and student success. NAU announced today it received a five-million dollar grant from the Mellon Foundation and it was matched by the NAU Foundation. Over the next three years, the grant will help NAU’s faculty and national experts to lead the development of a catalogue of Indigenous Peoples-focuses courses in a wide range of disciplines that will be accessible to universities and students around the country. It will also enable for NAU to launch an intentional program of early-to-mid-career faculty recruitment efforts, with the goal of strengthening and developing the university’s community of scholars whose work focuses on Indigenous perspectives and knowledges across academic disciplines. Money will also go to a new Seven Generations Indigenous Knowledge Center on campus and will serve 150-plus students through an expansion of the Indigenous Peoples Living-Learning Community. NAU president Jose Luis Cruz Rivera says “the breadth of this $10 million Seven Generations Signature Initiative demonstrates how NAU has infused its commitment to Indigenous Peoples into all our work, from leading scholarship and meaningful engagement to student belonging and success.” Work on 7GSI will begin in the spring at NAU.