Circle of Indigenous Nations

  • Lunch with Faculty
    Lunch with Faculty
  • AICH Cookout
    AICH Cookout 2019
  • Spring Pow Wow 2019
    Spring Pow Wow 2019
  • Medicine Gardens
    Medicine Gardens
  • Paint the Bridge
    Paint the Bridge

Spring Hours


COIN Rm. 322: Monday - Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM 

MCAE Suite Rm. 140: Monday - Friday 8:30AM-5:00PM

-MCAE & COIN Staff 




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).

Our Work



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

Career Information
For students seeking employment, internship, and volunteer opportunities

Elder In Residence
Connect with Elders in the community 

Funding Opportunities
For students seeking scholarships, internships, and grants 

Off-Campus Connections:

Scholarships and College Guide for Native American Students 

Celebrate Native American Heritage Month

Calendar of NAHM Events

Join the Circle of Indigenous Nations in celebration of Native American Heritage Month. Find out more about NAHM Activities here!

UMN American Indian Calendar

Upcoming Events

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
Pre-Kick Off is Officially over!

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

Office Virtual Tour

COIN Virtual Tour 2020

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The Land

The University of Minnesota-Twin Cities is built within the traditional homelands of the Daḳota people. Minnesota comes from the Daḳota name for this region, Mni Sota Maḳoce — "the land where the waters reflect the skies."

Each day students, faculty, staff and community members who use our services look out our windows to the Ḣaḣa Wakpa, the River of the Waterfalls.

The Circle of Indigenous Nations recognizes the original peoples of this place and makes ongoing efforts to educate the campus community about the ongoing relationship that Daḳota people have to this area.

-Iyekiyapiwiŋ Darlene St. Clair, Bdewakaŋtuŋwaŋ Daḳota