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Amoski kaanaipiksi aamo nitoyis akohtaistawapsiya ki akohpayiistapoya moka'ksin..

When wisdom is shared, knowledge exchanged, and virtue glorified, a Lodge becomes a well-spring of learning for all who enter

- EARL BARLOW, Puia (Ridge), Educator, Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet) Nation

The Payne Family Native American Center

NAC entry in summer

The Payne Family Native American Center is the first facility in the nation built to accommodate a Department of Native American Studies (NAS) and American Indian Student Services (AISS).  UM is has a strong commitment to provide a high quality, comprehensive set of offerings in Native American education. The building was given the last, prime piece of land on the campus oval underscoring its importance and the strong support of the UM administration. Fittingly, it is the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect that legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana tribes.

In addition to the housing the NAS and AISS offices, The Payne Family Native American Center (NAC) also houses a student lounge, computer lab, study areas, conference room, seminar room, Native American Student Association meeting room, and four classrooms fully equipped with the latest instructional technology.



The building is open from 6:00am – 7:00pm, Monday – Friday.

The computer lab is open from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Room Scheduling:

To schedule a room in the NAC, please email

In your room request, include:  Date, times, purpose.

QUESTIONS? Call Willie Brown at 243-5851.

The Payne Family Native American Center Information

The Eloise Cobell Land and Culture Institute

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum Building Components

Montana Tribal Flags and Seals

NAC Landscape

NAC Plants

More Links:

Construction progress blog

TPFNAC on Wikipedia

     Image of inside building        Image of students on NAC stairs        Dedication of building

Native American Studies Department | NAC 112 | (406) 243-5831 | (406) 243-6432 (Fax) | The University of Montana | Missoula, MT 59812

Chair | Wade Davies | Email