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Native American Community Outreach Project

Implemented in 2007, the Native American Community Outreach Project (NACOP) component of the NABI has strived to create awareness of a University education and business careers for Native American high school students. Through the NACOP, Native American youth are introduced to the planning and preparation needed for entry into higher education.

Activities that were and will continue to be conducted during NACOP visits are workshops developed and led by NAHBS leaders, designed to educate Native American high school students about the expectations and preparations needed for college enrollment and success.

NACOP will also provide team building exercises led by NAHBS’ student leaders to increase:

  • Native American student motivation
  • Awareness and desire for academic achievement through early exposure to academic, career and professional opportunities

 The main goals of the interaction between MSU/NAHBS students and Native American Tribal youth are:

  • To provide current college students as a standing resource for local tribal community students
  • Second, the NACOP provides support, encouragement and guidance for Native American youth through the sharing and presentation of current college experiences by MSU/NAHBS students.
  • Finally, the program creates a standing resource and family for Native American youth to steadily rely on as they progress towards their college education

What is NABI?

The Native American Business Institute is a weeklong pre-college summer program for sophomore and junior Native American high school students interested in learning about college and careers in business. Participants work with MSU admissions officers, college counselors, tribal community leaders, and corporate representatives in a seven-day “business boot-camp” that prepares students for the college application process and exposes them to numerous academic and professional opportunities.

In addition to serving as a recruitment tool, another very important aspect of the NACOP is the creation of a cooperative learning environment for the Tribal Communities and the current MSU/NAHBS college students and staff. Workshops and presentations are directed by the host tribal community to educate the visiting MSU students and staff about the history, culture, business and governmental operations of the host tribal nation. Tours of the host community’s governmental and business operations, most importantly the casino operations exposes visiting MSU/NAHBS students about the misconceptions of Native American people and their surrounding community and business environments.

Past NACOP Programs Hosts:

  • 2007: Bay Mills Indian Community and Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • 2008: Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • 2009: Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
  • 2010: Bay Mills Indian Community
  • 2011: Bay Mills Indian Community

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