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Native American Student Program

COCC Native American Program

Photo: Former Miss Warm Springs, Thyreicia Simtustus, Michelle Cary, Native American Program Coordinator, and Feliciana Conner, Confederated Tribes of Umatilla tribal member, at the 2018 Native American Heritage Month Celebration

Mission Statement

Our purpose is to help ensure a successful college experience for Native American students. We provide support services, culturally enriching activities, academic advising and registration assistance. Another function of the Native American Program (NAP) is to bring forth concerns and recommendations and act upon them to foster a welcoming and positive learning environment. In addition the program works to increase understanding of Native American issues both on campus and beyond.

Native American Service Award

This award is funded through a private endowment devoted to helping Native Americans successfully achieve their educational goals. The award is available to students who are actively involved in the First Nations Student Union program and/or their community. If you think you are eligible for this Service Award please download the application and the volunteer form.

First Nations Student Union Scholarship

The FNSU Club has a one-time $500 scholarship available for COCC students in their last term. Students must have been actively involved in the FNSU Club, have a minimum of a 2.5 cumulative GPA and write an essay. If you have any questions, please contact Michelle Cary, Native American Program Coordinator at

541-318-3782 or

Student Resources:

Native American Links
Local Resources
Location & Directions
First Nations Student Union

Native American bead border

Annual Salmon Bake Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 event will be a Virtual Celebration of Native American Culture.

Cultural EnrichmentSpeakers, Activities, and Multicultural Events

STRIVESummer Training to Revive Indigenous Vision and Empowerment


Michelle Cary
Native American Program Coordinator

Coats Campus Center, Room 106B
Central Oregon Community College
2600 NW College Way Bend, OR 97703
P: 541.318.3782