AIIS 1100 lecture, open to the public!

First lecture of the 2016 AIIS Speaker Series!

First installment of "Cultures and Cuisines" series features the Three Sisters

Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah: The Planting Moon (garden exhibition by Jolene Rickard, Cornell Plantations)

Stay tuned for events!

Native students registered in short courses at Cornell, circa 1921-1922

Add begins August 16, 2016!


The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) at Cornell University welcomes you to the traditional homelands of the Cayuga People and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy at large. Steeped in the discourse of Indigeneity, AIISP provides a unique combination of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) courses and other educational, social, and cultural opportunities to Native students. We recruit Native applicants from all parts of the United States, Canada, and from across the globe, through regional efforts and national conferences. Our student support staff helps students and their parents with all aspects of the admissions process.

AIISP Events Calendar




Upcoming Events

The Creek Fiddle Dance

Sep 30 | 11:15 am

Craig Womack (Creek-Cherokee) is a leading figure in Native American literary studies and teaches American Indian literature at Emory University. He is the author of Art as Performance, Story as...

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Cultures and Cuisine: Cooking with the Three Sisters

Oct 9 | 11:00 am

The Three Sisters --- winter squash, maize, and climbing beans --- are the main agricultural crops of various Native American groups, particularly the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois). Indigenous farmers...

Location: Brian C. Nevin Welcome Center | Event type: Class/ Workshop

Contemporary Traditional Navajo Identity Markers

Oct 14 | 11:15 am

Lloyd L. Lee (Diné) is an Associate Professor in Native American Studies at the University of New Mexico, council member of the American Indian Studies Association (AISA) and the former director of...

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Tribal Priorities in Research Policy and Ethics

Oct 28 | 11:15 am

Malia Villegas (Sugpiaq/Alutiiq) EdD, EdM, is the Director of the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center. She is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Afognak in Alaska,...

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Manifestations of Colonization in the Built Environment

Oct 28 | 6:30 pm

As part of the Café con Leche discussion series, hosted at the Latino Living Center (LLC), Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC) will give a presentation about the effects of colonization on...

Location: Anna Comstock Hall (Latino Living Center) | Event type: Presentation

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Freedom Interrupted event launches year-long dialogue

Sep 21, 2016
"Carol Warrior, assistant professor of English and faculty member of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, said for Native Americans, “many encounters with police are combined with violent force and racial epithets, mixed with a kind of language that draws from frontier ideas about Indians – that they need taming or that they should be extinct." She described a community initiative after the death of a First Nations man that resulted in advocacy for better training and accountability for police. The collaboration changed things, she said, 'and the community became empowered."  Read more

Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah:The Planting Moon

Sep 14, 2016
From recent article in "As a visual metaphor of the turtle in the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, the “13 moons” planting is an earthwork sculpture composed of 13 mounds representing the 13-moon annual lunar cycle. Designed by Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), visual artist, associate professor, and director of AIISP, the garden consists of three large interior mounds, planted with sunflowers and tobacco to suggest the turtle’s carapace, surrounded by 10 smaller mounds planted with corn, green beans and squash in the traditional “three-sisters” configuration. Strawberries, also a traditional Haudenosaunee crop, are growing in an adjacent row." Read more

Growing GRASAC Receives Canadian Partnership Development Grant

Sep 12, 2016
Congratulations Professor Jolene Rickard and Professor Kurt Jordan on successfully collaborating with the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures and receiving a two-year Partnership Development Grant through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). For more information please visit and for the full announcement: Read more

Skye Hart '18, Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar

Aug 25, 2016
Congratulations Skye Hart (Seneca) '18 on becoming a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Scholar for her project, Understanding Planning for Seattle's Native American Communities: "Native Americans living in urban areas tend to experience higher poverty rates and worse living standards than the overall population, among other issues, yet there is little research regarding present-day urban Native communities. Using Seattle as a case study, I will further the literature on Native Americans living in urban areas by exploring the issued facing Seattle's urban Native population, the resources currently available, and how to address community needs." Read more

Leadership in the World of Stem and Beyond

Jul 8, 2016
Michael Charles (Navajo), a brand-new graduate of Cornell University, has always applied himself. But he hasn't always been sure of his path in life...with a positive undergraduate experience to his credit, including a minor in music, Charles has decided to continue toward his doctorate. Read more