Department of Native American Studies was established to provide and advance quality education for and about American Indians of Montana, the region, and the nation. In fulfilling this mission, the Department is committed to meet the changing needs of Montana's Indian tribes and all Montana citizens through excellence in teaching, research, and service.

In its academic program, the department provides concentrated study through an undergraduate minor, the first online graduate certificate in Native American Studies offered, and a Master of Arts degree in Native American Studies.

Students in any major can also gain a multicultural perspective through NAS offerings in the University's core curriculum. The Department, through its research and other creative efforts, actively pursues interdisciplinary scholarship in the field of Native American Studies.


Master's Degree in Native American Studies

Graduate Certificate Program in Native American Studies  (AVAILABLE FULLY ONLINE)

Undergraduate Minor (for current MSU-Bozeman students)





Louis Still Smoking

Painting by Louis Still Smoking

NAS Gallery of Contemporary American Indian Art

In our last exhibit, the works of Blackfeet artist Louis Still Smoking were featured in the inaugural opening of the MSU Native American Studies Gallery of Contemporary American Indian Art.  The gallery is located in Wilson Hall on the MSU campus.

Still Smoking, was studying art with a minor in Native American Studies at MSU, grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, MT and graduated from Flandreau Indian School in 1998.  He was a stone sculptor for 11 years, co-owned an art gallery in Pierre, S.D. and taught art classes before deciding to further his art studies.

Still Smoking said he finds all mediums equally important opportunities to use art to express his view of the world.  Artists in his family inspire him, as well as the Impressionists, Lucian Freud, research on history and the American Indian Movement.  His work was featured in Native Max Magazine's Winter 2013/2014 issue, and was displayed at the Helen E. Copeland Gallery at MSU.