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 2021 Events

Coming Soon!





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

May 5th is Missing Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, & Two Spirit (MMIWG2S) Awareness Day 

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 Indigenous Women USA

S.1942 – Savanna’s 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

A Call to Remember our Missing an Murdered Native Women and Girls blog by Cheyenne AntonioMMIWG-Respect Our Boundaries: A Conversation on Land, Bodies, and Consent video

MMIWG-Respect Our Boundaries: A Conversation on Land, Bodies, and Consent video

Lakota People’s Law Projects
MMIW Resource Guide

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

Sovereign Bodies Institute
MMIWG2S Database

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

Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women & Girls report
Published November 14, 2018

MMIWG: We Demand More
Research study of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Washington state. Published September 20, 2019. Partner Toolkit

Our Bodies, Our Stories
Project and data source


Check out the organization's website below for upcoming events.

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center


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

Scholarly journals, dissertations, reports, and government proceedings are available through the Lakota People’s Law Project

Sovereign Bodies Institute: MMIWg2 & MMIP Organizing Toolkit

Support national organizations listed above

Contact your local Congressional representatives

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.

Welcome from the many tribal nations represented at the Native American Educational and Cultural Center! The NAECC is home to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students, faculty, and staff representing over 65 Indigenous nations at Purdue University. Established in 2007 through student and campus advocacy, the NAECC is instrumental in nurturing student learning and success and provides educational opportunities for the campus community to learn about Indigenous cultures.

Hours of Operation for Summer 2021:

9:00 am – 4:00 pm: Open Monday - Friday

9:00 am – 12 noon: By appointment only
To schedule a virtual or in-person appointment, call 765-494-4540 or email or

12 noon – 4:00 pm: Public Hours
Open hours include scheduled appointments or drop-in visits

NAECC follows the Protect Purdue guidelines. Masks must be worn at all times, practice safe social distancing measures, and stay home if you are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.

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


“…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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