Welcome to the Native American Cultural Center


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About us

Since 1979, the Native American Cultural Center's (NACC) mission has been to ensure successful educational experiences for students at Colorado State University. NACC works diligently to create a supportive community environment focused on the traditions and cultures of Native American peoples.

NACC is dedicated to active recruitment and outreach with the intention to increase the number of Native American students at Colorado State University. The center is available to all, whether student, faculty, staff or community, and centers belonging as a major value when creating, developing and conducting programs and services

We strive to integrate positive experiences, education, and Native heritage into programs, fostering a sense of belonging for all.

Our history

Since 2003, the number of enrolled self-identified Native American students at Colorado State University has increased by 287 percent from 250 to 968. To meet challenges of growth and to continue developing a successful environment, NACC aspires to efficiently use resources in ways that maximize its offerings and ensure student success.

Four primary pillars of advocacy and service for students include recruitment, retention, matriculation and outreach. NACC programs are designed to create well-rounded individuals, focusing on three important areas that foster future contributions to society and integrate all the opportunities offered at a top-tier University. Those areas include: 1) academic pursuits, 2) development of lifelong interpersonal skills and 3) essential skills and experience for professional development.

A Foundation of Belonging

NACC programs work in concert with the division in which it is housed (the Office for Inclusive Excellence), to ensure positive experiences, education and the heritage of native peoples are integrated within all of its program and service offerings. The office works diligently to distribute those offerings to all of its audiences, and to cultivate a sense of belonging among those audiences.

Our timeline

From its establishment in 1979 to the launch of impactful programs and the celebration of Native American heritage, here are some key milestones.
Native American Cultural Center Established

The NACC office was established in 1979 with a mission is to ensure a successful educational experience for students by providing support and services for students at CSU.

Native American Heritage Month Established

November is Native American Heritage Month, celebrated with events on campus and in the community. NACC hosts activities to raise awareness of Native American history and culture.

Eagle Feather Tutoring Program Launch

Eagle Feather Tutoring offers free tutoring for core courses allowing students to find tutor schedules and reserve tutoring sessions at the NACC office.

North Star Mentoring Program Launch

North Star Peer Mentoring matches incoming first year and transfer students with upper class students. Mentors are invaluable resources during students’ transition to college life.

Our staff

Meet the dedicated staff of the NACC. With passion for supporting Native American students and promoting cultural awareness, they work tirelessly to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all.

Ty A. Smith
Smith was born and raised on the Navajo Nation in Upper Fruitland, New Mexico. He is Tódích’íi’nii (Bitter Water Clan), born for Ashiihi (Salt Clan). He received his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, MBA from Colorado State University, and worked as an engineer in the oil and gas industry before becoming Director of the NACC in 2005.
Rasa Humeyumptewa
Student Success Coordinator
As a CSU alumna with a degree in Clinical/Counseling Psychology and a minor in Indigenous Studies, Rasa previously served as a peer mentor at the Native American Cultural Center and was active in women's circle. Now working as the Student Success Coordinator at the center, she oversees programming, community events, and student staff.