Native fsc

Native American Faculty and Staff Council


Meetings, Programs & Events


Native American Heritage Month (November)

NAFSC meetings are held quarterly on Fridays from 9a-10a in Cavanaugh Hall CA323. The meeting
schedule for 2014-2015 is as follows:

2014: Friday, October 3, 2014
         Friday, December 6, 2014

2015: Friday, March 6, 2015
         Friday, May 1, 2015


NAFSC and NASA unite in monthly cultural arts circle where a Native art is examined and discussed.
An art project is introduced and every participant who pre-registers is given art supplies for the
project of the month. The Culture Circle schedule for 2015 is as follows:

January: Jingle Dresses (Sioux)

February: Possible Bags (Choctaw, Cheyenne, Cherokee, and more)

March: Button Blankets (Haida, Tlingit, Tsinshian, and more)

April: Gourd Rattles (Kiowa, Comanche, Apache, and more)


This is a year-end celebration which includes NAFSC members, family and friends as well as community members. We congratulate our Native graduates with a pitch-in held in different locations throughout campus and the community! It is a fun afternoon of food, music and celebrating the successes of a positive and productive academic year!

If you have any questions, would like to submit a culture circle idea, would like more information on how to participate, please contact our Council Organizer below!


While our organization most certainly serves Native American employees at any rank or level and also for any Native graduate student enrolled at any IUPUI school, our Native American Faculty and Staff Council is open to any IUPUI faculty, staff or graduate student. We must ALL work together to create additional Native American hires across the campus, provide support and resources for Indigenous faculty, staff and graduate students as well as provide a place where everyone can feel safe and a sense of community

Please understand that EVERYONE within these designations is invited to participate! There are NO membership requirements, no ID necessary, no birth documents examined and instead we would like to create a space for everyone from those invested and connected with their tribes and families to those who still may be searching to explore their heritage and identity. The only requirement is that you do your best to attend our quarterly meetings and to support through your time and energy our semester events and programs. We actively seek out those willing to donate their time to serve as representatives on our council and most especially as we work collaboratively with the Office of Student Involvement on Native American Heritage Month! Please contact us if you have any questions or would like more information!

Charmayne 'Charli' Champion-Shaw [Cheyenne]
Director, American Indian Programs
Director, Native American & Indigenous Studies
Council Organizer, Native American Faculty Staff Council

Indiana University School of Liberal Arts
425 University Boulevard
Cavanaugh Hall 325
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
~Notary Public for the State of Indiana~


Much like the governmental structures of Native nations or tribes differs from that of typical U.S. organization, so does our Native American Faculty Staff Council at IUPUI! In an effort to be as united and cohesive as possible, the NAFSC is overseen by IUPUI American Indian Programs. This “Council” – in the truest Native sense of the word -is organized with an intentional vision to be a collective and collaborative group of campus leaders who are invested and engaged in the missions and goals stated in the organizational constitution. With that in mind, our leadership does not align with our other affinity council leadership and instead consists of the following individuals:

Tribal Organizer/Convener: Charmayne Champion-Shaw [Cheyenne]

Event Organizer: POSITION VACANT

Funds Organizer: POSITION VACANT

Faculty Representative: Walter Robinson [Cherokee]

Staff Representative: Dana Ward [Miami]

Graduate Student Representative: Tammie Nelson [Choctaw]

The NAFSC currently has a membership of thirty-two (32) individuals and meetings are held quarterly. Elections are traditionally held at the end of each academic year, but as with all councils, an election may be called upon if there is a consensus among the Council at large. Please director all questions about leadership, membership or mentorship to our Council Organizer, Charmayne ‘Charli’ Champion-Shaw!