The Native North American Traveling college (NNATC) started out as only a van filled with resources in 1969. The NNATC was a group of young and eager Akwesasronon, lead by Dr. Ernest Kaientaronkwen Benedict and Micheal Kanentakeron Mitchell. In those days they were known as The North American Indian Travelling College and would travel between Native communities, educating people on what it meant to be Indigenous. In 1974, NNATC was established as a non-profit organization. Little did they know, 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, an art gallery, and a 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.