From humble beginnings as a van filled with resources in 1969, the Native North American Traveling College (NNATC) was a group of eager Akwesasne youth lead by Dr. Ernest Kaientaronkwen Benedict and Micheal Kanentakeron Mitchell. In those days they were known as The North American Indian Traveling College and would travel between Native communities educating people on what it meant to be Indigenous. In 1974 the NNATC was established as a non-profit organisation. Little did they know how this idea would blossom into an important and integral part of all modern Iroquoian society.
Over the years not only has the NNATC shared knowledge to the general public but has housed many artists, orators, and lecturers who have gone on to be much sought after for their knowledge of Indigenous peoples.
Today the NNATC is located on 3 acres of waterfront property in Akwesasne, connecting it to the St. Lawrence river, the back bone of this Mohawk community. Visitors are welcome to enjoy our facilities that include a museum, art gallery and gift shop. We continue to promote and preserve Mohawk language, culture and history, not only for our own sake, but to foster a greater appreciation and understanding in outside communities.