New Spring 2017 Course Roster

Promising Futures: March 17&18!

Canadaigua Treaty Day

2016 Ivy Native Council at Yale University: Indigenous Feminisms

March for Standing Rock

Ah-theuh-nyeh-hah: The Planting Moon

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


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 Critical Race Series Lecture with Jodi Byrd

Mar 2 | 4:30 pm

The department of English is pleased to present: The Critical Race Series Lecture featuring Jodi Byrd (U. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Location: Goldwin Smith Hall | Event type: Lecture

Anthropology Colloquium: Paul Nadasdy

Mar 3 | 3:00 pm

“I’m not a Citizen; I’m an Indian:” Personhood and Political Subjectivity in the Constitution of Canada’s Self-governing First Nations...

Location: McGraw Hall | Event type: Lecture

American Studies Spring Colloquium

Apr 14 | 12:00 pm

Prof. Dian Million (American Indian Studies, University of Washington) will speak. A light lunch will be served.

Location: American Studies Seminar Room | Event type: Lecture

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"For our tomorrows: Refining facets of sustainability" in Ezra Magazine

Nov 30, 2016
Professor Gerald Torres: "You want lawyers to be conversant with scientists to think through the best policies."
Skye Hart, '18: "That way those earning low incomes will have access to better schools, shorter commutes and public transportation, resulting in a more equitable and eco-friendly lifestyle. PUSH [People United for Sustainable Housing] has shown that environmentally sustainable initiatives are a solution in low-income neighborhoods." Read more

Faculty response to CCA Biennial installation "American Spolia: Crossing the Line"

Oct 7, 2016
In a letter to interim President Rawlings, Dean Kleinman (AAP), and Professor Mergold (Architecture), AIISP faculty request the removal of the American Spolia installation. Additionally, they ask that the university clarify its relationship to the art installation, and renew their call for Cornell University to officially recognize its location on Cayuga territories. Read more

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