Native American Community

The University of Iowa values diversity and is committed to creating a welcoming environment for students from every background. This is an overview of programs, student groups, and resources that will support and inspire you throughout your Iowa experience.

The Latino Native American Cultural Center (LNACC)

The LNACC provides a supportive, inclusive environment and programs that empower students to excel and stretch themselves in diversity while offering opportunities to serve their community.

Center for Diversity & Enrichment (CDE)

The CDE sponsors social and academic events throughout the school year and offers guidance on scholarships and financial aid, academic development, student involvement, and just about every other aspect of campus life.

Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI)

The Office of Graduate Inclusion (OGI) serves graduate students who are historically under-represented academically to provide information, networking, liaison support, counseling and access as a supportive community while they are pursuing a graduate degree. 

Academic Programs

Iowa's American Indian and Native Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the history, culture, language, and issues of Native Americans of the United States and other indigenous peoples of the western hemisphere. Undergraduate students can earn a minor or certificate through this program.

Student organizations and campus groups

The University of Iowa boasts nearly 500 student organizations, including some specifically for Native American students.

American Indian Student Association (AISA)

Latino and Native American Alumni Alliance (LANA3)

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Multiethnic Engineering and Sciences Association

Minority Nurse Association

Native American Law Student Association


More than 90 percent of Iowa students receive some form of financial aid. Scholarships specifically awarded to members of diverse or underrepresented groups include (but are not limited to) the Iowa Minority Academic Grants for Economic Success (IMAGES), the Advantage Iowa Award (AI Award), the Halas-Sayers Scholarship, and the Engineering Opportunities Scholarship. Native American students may also be eligible for a Tom Brokaw Scholarship or Madeline Peterson Scholarship for American Indian Women, or the Iowa First Nations Tuition Program.

Faculty and Staff Organizations

Native American Council

Did you know?

For more than 18 years, the American Indian Student Association has coordinated and hosted the University of Iowa Powwow. The event draws guests from the University and wider community and features traditional dance, drum competitions, food, art, and craft vendors.

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