Iroquois Short Course Students at Cornell, (Indian Extension Program, circa 1920-60)

AIISP Class of 2016, Graduation Day, May 29, 2016!

AIISP takes on NAISA 2016! Great photos of some of our faculty, graduate students, & alumni in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi!

Annual Awards Ceremony 2016 Group Photo

Add begins August 16, 2016!

Prospective and Current Students at Promising Futures March 18-19th, 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

Cornell Plantations Fall Lecture Series: Amber Meadow Adams, Ph.D.

Sep 14 | 7:30 pm

The Woman Who Seeded the Earth: A Haudenosaunee Ecology...

Location: Alice Statler Auditorium | Event type: Lecture

Reading by Joy Harjo

Sep 15 | 4:30 pm

Native American Poet and Memoirist Joy Harjo will read from her work as part of the Fall 2016 Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series...

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall | Event type: Author Appearance

Judy's Day Family Learning Festival: Food Plants of the Americas

Sep 25 | 1:00 pm

Enjoy hands-on activities, music, storytelling and food at this fun and educational festival for all ages! Learn about food plants that are native to North, South and Central America, some of which...

Location: F. R. Newman Arboretum | Event type: Special Event

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...

Location:  | Event type: Lecture

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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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

House Proud

Jul 6, 2016
Twenty-five years ago this fall, Cornell became the first university in the U.S. to open a residence hall dedicated to Native American life—a purpose-built, painstakingly designed structure that incorporated myriad symbols into its exterior, interior, and even landscaping. Located at the corner of Triphammer and Jessup roads on North Campus, the house was named Akwe:kon (pronounced "uh-GWAY-go"), which means "all of us" in the Mohawk language. A quarter century later, Akwe:kon is still going strong... Read more

Top Faculty Advisers, TAs Honored at Dinner

Jun 1, 2016
Murray, assistant professor of linguistics, joined the Cornell faculty in 2010. Her primary interests are the semantics and pragmatics of natural language, as well as fieldwork and semantic fieldwork methodology. She works with the Cheyenne in Southeastern Montana during the summers. Her book, “The Semantics of Evidentials,” is forthcoming from Oxford University Press. Read more