Northern Arizona University's School of Forestry (SOF) and Applied Indigenous Studies (AIS) program built the NAU Hogan, a traditional Navajo dwelling, in 2003 for $22,000. Twenty NAU student volunteers assisted Indigenous Community Enterprises, an organization with leaders from western Navajo communities and forestry advocates, in its construction. The NAU Hogan is located on the hill near the south entrance of the Southwest Forest Science Complex.
The NAU Hogan has one door facing east to symbolize the Navajo commitment to life. There is a wood-burning stove in the center. The SOF and AIS used ponderosa pine trees from thinning projects in Coconino National Forest to construct the octagonal walls.
Students are able to use the NAU Hogan for educational purposes with permission from AIS.