Native American Educational and Cultural Center
(Corner of Fifth & University Streets)
903 Fifth Street
West Lafayette, IN 47906

Phone: (765) 494-4540
Fax: (765) 494-9777






Spring 2022 Events

Spring Lu'au
April 29, 3-5 pm, Cultural Center Lawns

For event details, click here





Bozho (Bodéwadmik), Hé (Lenape), Aya (Myaamia), Hiteto (Shawnee), Aloha (Hawaiian), Aanii (Anishinnabe), Aho (Lakota), Ya’at’eeh (Diné)


The NAECC acknowledges the traditional homelands of the Indigenous People which Purdue University is built upon. We honor and appreciate the Bodéwadmik (Potawatomi), Lenape (Delaware), Myaamia (Miami), and Shawnee People who are the original Indigenous caretakers.

Purdue NAECC: Celebrating 15 years of Indigenous Excellence

Welcome from the many tribal nations represented at the Native American Educational and Cultural Center (NAECC)! Our doors opened 15 years ago and since then, we have created a safe space where our Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, alumni, faculty, and staff can feel at home. The NAECC is instrumental in nurturing student learning and success and provides educational opportunities for the campus community to learn about Indigenous cultures. Together we proudly represent over 70 tribal nations across the U.S. and we continue to make giant leaps “Indigenizing Purdue!”


Hours of Operation for Spring 2022:

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Open Monday - Friday

8:00 am – 10:00 am: By appointment only
To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, call 765-494-4540 or email or

10:00 am – 5:00 pm: Public Hours
Open hours include scheduled appointments or drop-in visits

NAECC follows the Protect Purdue guidelines. For more information and updates visit

Tour Request pages are under construction. To request a tour, email us at


Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) Awareness Day - Thursday, May 5, 2022

Across Indian Country, May 5th is Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) Awareness Day and this date was selected to recognize the birth date of Hanna Harris, from Northern Cheyenne who went missing July 4, 2013. U.S. Senate passed a resolution declaring this national day of awareness introduced by the Montana congressional delegation to highlight this epidemic of violence.

The NAECC is joining this national initiative to educate our campus community and to provide information on becoming an ally.

Follow the social media hashtags #MMIW #MMIWG2S #NoMoreStolenSisters #WhyIWearRed


Secretary Haaland Creates New Missing & Murdered Unit to Pursue Justice for Missing or Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives – April 1, 2021 

Missing and Murdered Indigeous People, Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior Indian Affairs

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women USA 

Savanna’s Act and Not Invisible Act
“Savanna’s Act is named in honor of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a 22 year old pregnant citizen of the Spirit Lake Nation in North Dakota who was viciously murdered in August 2017. Savanna’s Act aims to improve MMIW data collection, access, and directs the Department of Justice to review, revise, and develop law enforcement and justice protocols to address missing and murdered Indigenous Peoples.” - NIWRC

Not Invisible Act of 2019 
“…Complements Savanna’s Act, with its purpose to identify and combat violent crime against Indians or within Indian lands through the creation of an advisory committee on reducing violent crimes against Native People. The advisory committee is composed of tribal leaders, law enforcement, federal partners, service providers, and survivors, who will make recommendations to the U.S. Department of Interior and Department of Justice to combat violence against Native Americans and Alaska Natives.” – NIWRC

Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center 
MMIW Resources

Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women 
Non-profit organization to “stop violence against Native women and children by advocating for social change in our communities.” - CSVAG

National Congress of American Indian
Violence Against Women 

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center

MMIW Toolkits for Families and Communities are available for information and to download information such as pockets guides, brochures, and missing person flyer templates

Native Hope
Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women film

StrongHearts Native Helpline
“A 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic, dating, and sexual violence helpline for American Indians and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.” 1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483)

Urban Indian Health Institute
Our Bodies, Our Stories



Indian Country Today: MMIWG 2022 Day of Events



To be a MMIWG2S advocate and ally, start by educating yourself.

Restoration of Native Sovereignty and Safety for Native Women – Special Edition on MMIW

Sovereign Bodies Institute: MMIWg2 & MMIP Organizing Toolkit 

Support national organizations such as the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, Coalition to Stop Violence Against Women, Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center, etc.

Contact your local Congressional representatives

“…I would not have survived graduate school and being in a new environment, if it weren’t for the support and guidance from the NAECC and it’s community.”

         -- Nicole A. Benally (Navajo), M.S. Agronomy ‘18

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