The Payne Family Native American Center

Payne Family Native American Center Building

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 Elouise Cobell Land and Culture Institute

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

Montana Tribal Flags and Seals

NAC Landscape

NAC Plants

view of the Native American Center Rotunda


The building is open from 7:00 am - 7:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

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

Room Scheduling

To schedule a room in the TPFNAC, please call (406) 243-5831.

More Links

TPFNAC on Wikipedia

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