The NAL was established as part of honoring Native Americans at OSU, and simply to provide a fun, safe and welcoming facility for the retention of students. The original Native American Longhouse (NAL) was built in 1972 and was recently renovated in 2013. It provides academic, cultural, recreational, and social programs/activities related but not limited to the Native American cultures and heritages.

This center acts as a resource for Native and non-Native people to access information on Native cultures, traditions and the rich heritage and history of Native Americans.

Resources inside NAL include a computer lab, library, all-purpose hall, meditation rooms, front/information desk, kitchen, and study room. The comfortable atmosphere is a place for the campus community to relax, study, and exchange ideal and promote positive discourse for all groups.

For non-Natives, the longhouse is a resource for those who are interested in the dynamics of cultural exchange and alternative learning styles. For learners from a Native background, it continues to provide a hospitable environment and a source of support honoring the cultures of the first people of this land, including Alaskan Natives & Hawaiian Natives.