Native American Summer Institute


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Any questions or concerns, please contact through email the UW Native Program Advisor/NASI Coordinator Reinette Tendore at .
Thank you all for your continued support!




What happened in 2021. 


Native American Summer Institute is celebrating their 5th successful year of providing Native American high school students a phenomenal pre-college opportunity while exposing them to the University of Wyoming and all it has to offer; please consider supporting NASI!

The Native American Summer Institute (NASI) is a 6-day residential summer pre-college program designed to familiarize Native American High School Students (current 9th-12th grade students) from the Wind River Reservation, surrounding communities, and the town of Laramie. The participants are exposed to a full college experience by staying in the residence halls, attending academic workshops, and participating in activities on and off campus, as well as Native American cultural activities to promote and maintain their cultural identity. NASI helps build leadership skills, and new relationships with peers, UW faculty and staff, and current UW Native American college students. NASI continues to build and maintain partnerships with Native American communities, the UW campus, the city of Laramie, and within the State of Wyoming. Every year, NASI is seeing tremendous growth with participant applications from the Wind River Reservation and now other tribal communities in the region. With all of our growth, it is vital that we continue to expand and give our native youth an opportunity that can push them towards attaining a higher education degree and pursue their lifetime goals. Your support can do that; please consider being a sponsor of our phenomenal Native American Summer Institute!




2019 Summer Institute


Highlights from NASI 2019

  • Our friends from New Zealand, who are a part of the Maori community, came to UW and performed various songs, dance, and language exercises in exchange of culture.

  • The workshops that the faculty and staff, from many different departments across the UW campus, provided an experience that allowed students to learn, engage, and take away from their involvement.

  • Through teaching the students of NASI their cultural traditions, the experience was enriching, with a broader example of different Indigenous cultures from around the world.

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NASI Health Science Pathways

An advanced health curriculum for high school/GED graduates in collaboration with the Native American Summer Insititute (NASI) at UW.

  • Program content: Most of the days will be immersion in academic workshops with first-year college-level material in various health disciplines, such as nutrition, nursing, public health, and communication disorders. Thanks to the simultaneous NASI for high school students, evening activities such as leadership development, a trip to Curt Gowdy State Park, a movie, and dance will also available. 


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Peer Mentors of NASI:

Our team would not be the same without our dedicated Peer Mentors. Every year, 4-5 outstanding UW Students step forward and assume positions that help the NASI board get going! While not only being tremendous team builders, these mentors monitor students to make sure their time during NASI is one of fun, excitement, safety, and enjoyment. They help students to and from their mock-college classes, as well as stay with them in the residential halls. The NASI team is dependent on their creativity and perseverance!

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With Deep Appreciation to our 2019 Generous Program Sponsors:


College of Arts & Sciences

College of Health Sciences

Office of Admissions

Office of the President

Office of the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs

White Buffalo Youth Prevention

Shepard Symposium on Social Justice


Wyoming INBRE, with support from the

National Institute of General Sciences (8 P20 GM103432-12) of the National Institute of Health




Contact Us

200 S 10th St

Laramie, WY 82070

Phone: (307)766-8988


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