Native American & Indigenous Inclusion

Princeton seeks to build relationships with Native American and Indigenous communities through academic pursuits, partnerships, historical recognitions, community service and outreach efforts.

On-campus partners in this work include:

Campus Activities

Land Acknowledgements

The University provides guidance for colleagues and students seeking to craft a land acknowledgement text for their unit or group.

In partnership with Lenape leaders, a memorial garden was dedicated in honor of the University's enduring relationship with the original Lenape inhabitants of the region, and a historical marker acknowledging the origins and diaspora of Lenni-Lenape peoples was erected on the grounds of Prospect House.

Student Outreach and Access

Annually since 2017, the University has hosted the Santa Fe Indian School Leadership Institute’s summer policy academy.

Princeton hosted College Horizons, a national nonprofit focused on college access for native- and indigenous-identified high school students, in 2017.

Indigenous and Native American Studies

The Effron Center for the Study of America serves as the home for Native American/Indigenous studies at Princeton, through the Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group (PAIISWG). Recent course offerings include “Native History," Native American Literature," "Indigenous Wordlings," “Indigenous People and Christianity," and “Land and Story in Native America," among others.

The Humanities Council launched Land, Language, and Art (LLA), a global initiative that aims to extend the Native American and Indigenous Studies at Princeton (NAISIP) into new global dimensions pertaining to land, language, and art.

Recent academic conferences and events include:

Native and Indigenous Student Life

Every November, Natives at Princeton honors Native American Heritage Month. With support from President Eisgruber, students raise a tipi as an opening event to kick off the month of activities including dinners, movies, musicians and speakers surrounding the issues of Native Americans and indigenous peoples.

In 2017, Princeton hosted an Ivy Native Council conference which brings together Native and Indigenous students from all Universities in the Ivy League to exchange ideas and share in fellowship.  The theme of the conference was “Treaties: Understanding the Past to Move to the Future.”