Payne Family Native American Center

Payne Family Native American Center Building

The University of Montana resides on the traditional lands of many Indigenous peoples including the Selis (Salish), Ksanka (Kootenai), and Qlispe (Kalispel). Many Indigenous peoples including the Amskapi Pikuni (Blackfeet), Nimiipuu (Nez Perce), Shoshone, Bannock, and Coeur D’Alene relied upon their traditional knowledge and relationships with this land and this space for survival in the past and today.

The Payne Family Native American Center is home to academic, student services, and educational institutes. We strive to have a positive, welcoming, and safe space for all who enter. The building was funded by private donors and the state of Montana to embody the University of Montana’s strong commitment to the Indigenous peoples of our state and nation. It is the site of a historic Salish Indian encampment, and the building is designed to reflect and honor that important legacy as well as the heritage and cultures of all Montana tribes.

Native American Studies (NAS) is the academic home situated within the PFNAC and NAS has a strong commitment to providing a high-quality, comprehensive set of educational offerings in Native American education. The PFNAC is also home to a student lounge, computer lab, study areas, conference room, Native American Student Association meeting room, and classrooms fully equipped with the latest instructional technology. The Montana Board of Regents has ultimate regulatory authority over the academic building and all events are required to act in compliance with the University of Montana Access and Use policies.



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 - 5:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Room Scheduling

To schedule a room in the PFNAC, please contact Conference and Event Services.

For detailed information about classroom capacity and booking costs, please review our Building Information Packet.

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