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Native American Education, Research, & Cultural Center



The Native American Education, Research, and Cultural Center (NAERCC) is a resource for Native American students seeking resources, a place to study, support, and community. Our center is here to  enrich all UW students in their quest for an inclusive education as they broaden their knowledge of Indigenous people, their history, and culture.

Research proves that a physical space for Indigenous students, where all Native programs can collaborative and support their academic success, is paramount. Our students are encouraged to get involved with alternative spring break trips, study abroad, local grassroots organizations, and the greater UW community. While our center serves as a physical space to provide resources and academic support, students are encouraged to explore campus for additional enrichment and to grasp the college experience. The NAERCC has developed an opportunity for students to be part-time workers, providing experience through administrative tasks and projects, as well as financial support through their college education.

Our center honors Native American heritage and demonstrates respect for all Native peoples' cultures, traditions, laws and diverse expressions of sovereignty.  The NAERCC houses the Native American and Indigenous Studies program, Native American Program Advisor, the High Plains American Indian Research Institute, and helps support our two student organization Keepers of the Fire and the Native American Studies Association. Our house can be found near Old Main, on the corner of 10th and Ivinson.

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At the NAERCC, not only do we reach out to students and the Native community, but we establish life-long friendships and relationships. The University of Wyoming provides a tight knit community of students and faculty that are here for learning, expansion, and enjoyment of education. The importance of the Center is impossible to define, but it is a pividal point in the lives of all Native American students on campus, while helping with retention, recruitment, and outreach of Native youth and beyond.


Meet Our Graduates

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Asnoldo Benitez (MS, Science & Mathematics Teaching Center, HAUB School), Taryn Jim (BA, Native American & Indigenous Studies), Vanessa Sorrels (PhD, Pharmacy), Colleen Friday (MS, Rangeland Ecology & Watershed Management), Mia Holt (BA, Native American & Indigenous Studies), Cassie Underwood (BA, Social Science), Cyrille Mitchell (BA, Psychology), Piram Duran (BA, Psychology)


Sevilla Soto (History and Native American & Indigenous Studies), Kyliah Ferris (Speech, Language, & Hearing Sciences), Hunter McFarland (Communications), Lee "Giz" Tendore (Native American & Indigenous Studies), Antonia Valdez (Elementary Education), Chaske Valdez (Native American & Indigenous Studies), Kailyn Washakie (Secondary English), Adanna Ryan (Counseling), David Mendoza (Anthropology & Haub School, Environmental and Natural Resources), Haylee Gobert (Agricultural and Applied Economics), Contessa Bonds (Masters in Healthcare Administration), Alex Terry (Agricultural Communications), Aldora White Eagle (PhD in Education), Taylor Stagner (Communications)



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Native American Education, Research and Cultural Center

200 S. 10th St.

Laramie, WY 82071

(307) 766-8988

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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