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Native American Institute

The Native American Institute is dedicated to the support of Native student academic and professional success, tribal partnerships, and community-wide exposure to our region’s Native American heritage.

Native American students make up 28% of Southeastern’s student population and our University ranks 7th in the nation for graduating Native students.


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Upcoming Events

Chickasaw Nation Representative: Chandler Arterberry Open Close

Every Tuesday
Native American Institute

Native American Institute hosts Chandler Arterberry, Chickasaw Nation representative, on campus each Tuesday to help assist and field questions about tribal resources.

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Visit Open Close

March 26, 2020
12:30PM – 5:00PM
Native American Institute

Creek students will meet with their tribal representatives to discuss higher education funding.

#MoneyWi$e Open Close

March 27, 2020
12:00PM – 2:00PM
Location: TBD

Lunch, laptop giveaway, and presentation plus game on how to actually be money-wise.

Chickasaw Nation Visit Open Close

April 7, 2020
Time: TBD
Location: TBD

Chickasaw students will meet with their tribal representatives to discuss career opportunities upon graduation.

NAI Recruits: Gathering of Nations Open Close

April 23-25, 2020
Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Native American Institute staff will attend this international event to serve Native American people and tribes across the country with quality, affordable, and 100%-online degree options.

Native American Graduation Ceremony Open Close

May 8, 2020
6:00PM – 8:00PM
Fine Arts Recital Hall

Native American graduates are highlighted for their achievement and provided a unique stole to showcase their heritage in Saturday’s Commencement ceremony. Guests, children, friends, and family are encouraged to attend.

Chickasaw Summer Leadership Academy Open Close

June 6-13, 2020
SE Durant Campus

The Native American Institute partners with the Chickasaw Nation each summer to host 18 Chickasaw high school students for a week of college preparation and summer camp adventure.