The Circle of Indigenous Nations is a student services office that works to recruit, retain, and graduate American Indian/First Nations/Alaska Native students. From orientation to graduation and beyond we promote cultural values that help indigenous students excel in all aspects of their journey here at the University of Minnesota. Circle of Indigenous Nations is a partner office of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE).
Academic Consulting & Tutoring
Our Ojibwe and Dakota Language Tutoring services are not available for Summer 2021, and will be back in Fall 2021. Check back for our language tutor hours. We do have academic consulting and tutoring through our MCAE academic support, please check out their tutor page to sign up for a virtual tutor appointment.
Advising & Support
For your academic, personal, and cultural goals
For students seeking employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities
Elder In Residence
Connect with Elders in the community
For students seeking scholarships, internships, and grants
Scholarships and College Guide for Native American Students
Celebrate Native American Heritage Month
UMN American Indian Calendar
Pre-Kick Off 2021
The COIN Pre-Kick Off is an early immersion event designed to assist incoming American Indian/Indigenous students in transitioning into the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. Students are introduced to academic success, financial, and well-being resources. Students will connect with peer mentors, engage in social, cultural, and academic activities as well as culturally engaging seminars.
At COIN Pre-Kick Off, students will
- Learn the tools, skills and habits needed to be successful in your academic courses
- Learn about university resources like tutoring, mentoring, health and wellness — everything to support your success!
- Meet and engage with American Indian/Indigenous staff and faculty
- Connect with other indigenous peers & participate in traditional and culturally engaging activities
Students will be automatically signed up to attend the MCAE Kick Off, and have the opportunity to move in early on Friday August 27th as part of the COIN Pre Kick Off event. The program will transition into the MCAE Kick Off, and all students will be required to attend the Kick Off program as well.
Please call or email with any questions