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The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) provides a unique combination of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) courses, student leadership opportunities and Akwe:kon, the first Native student residence hall in North America. The AIISP has affiliated faculty in the fields of Art, Art History, Anthropology, Archeology, English, Education, Fiber Science, History, Horticulture, Indigenous Studies, Linguistics, Natural Resources and Philosophy. The AIISP supports the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA), Native American Law Student Association (NALSA), American Indian and Engineering Society (AISES), Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC), Hawai’i Club and Pacific Islander Student Association. Indigenous applicants are encouraged to contact the AIISP to learn more about the admissions process; contact Ula Piasta-Mansfield

Cornell University is located in the traditional homelands of the Gayogohó:no (Cayuga Nation), one of the six Haudenosaunee nations.

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Upcoming Events

Aug 26
12:00 am

Graduate & Professional Student Welcome

Sep 4
4:00 pm

Uniting Communities Resource Fair and BBQ

Come learn about majors/minors in Africana Studies; Latina/o Studies; Asian American Studies; American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and LGBT Studies....
Arts Quad (front of Goldwin Smith Hall)
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Sep 10
7:00 pm

CowJews and Indians: How Hitler Scared My Relatives - and I Woke Up in an Iroquois Longhouse with a Picture of Jesus, Reminding Me - for the Wrong Reason - That I Owe the Mohawks Rent

Ithaca Premiere of "CowJews and Indians: How Hitler Scared My Relatives - and I Woke Up in an Iroquois Longhouse with a Picture of Jesus, Reminding Me - for the Wrong Reason - That I Owe the...
Cornell Cinema
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Bailee Hopkins-Hensley ’18, MPS ’19: Connecting people to plants

Jul 1, 2019

Bailee Hopkins-Hensley is passionate about exploring the connections that humans have to plants—especially the connections that indigenous communities have to the species that sustain them. She earned a BS in plant science in 2018 and an MPS in public garden leadership in 2019. Hopkins-Hensley first learned about Cornell at the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s college fair, where she met Kathy Halbig, the student development specialist at Cornell’s American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program. “Her description of the diverse and welcoming community at Akwe:kon and in the student clubs, Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell and the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, are what convinced to me apply,” she says.

Congratulations to Shaawano Chad Uran!

Mar 19, 2019

Shaawano Chad Uran, Visiting Professor, American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, Department of Anthropology, & Department of English
On March 12, 2019, Shaawano Chad Uran, Ph.D., was announced as a recipient of the 2018 Beatrice Medicine Award for Scholarship in American Indian Studies, sponsored by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies, for his article, “Policing Resource Extraction and Human Rights in The Land of the Dead,” which was published in Transmotion, Vol. 4, No.1 (2018). This prestigious award is given for an outstanding book or essay that has been published in Native American Studies. Dr. Uran is an enrolled White Earth Anishinaabe.

Prof. Jolene Rickard - "International Year of Indigenous Languages" Podcast

Feb 5, 2019

The director of the Language Resource Center, Dr. Angelika Kraemer interviewed AIISP Director and Associate Professor Jolene Rickard on United Nation’s declaration of 2019 as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages.” The Language Resource Center at Cornell produces a weekly podcast, Speaking of Language. 
The speaker who provided the Opening Address, Kanen'tó:kon Hemlock, Kahnaw'a:ke Mohawk Nation (Quebec, Canada), will also be speaking in AIIS 2100 Indigenous Ingenuities, on Thursday, Feb. 21. More details about this opening address can be found here. The official website for IYIL2019 is here:

We Should be Giving Sanctuary to Indigenous Natives from the South

Jan 24, 2019

by Doug George-Kanentiio
When I watch the reports of the thousands of people coming north from their homelands in Central America I do not see Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians; I see indigenous people, our southern kin, fleeing countries which have become overwhelmed by vicious gangs whose drug money comes directly from sales made in the United States.