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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

Aug 24
4:30 pm

Presidential Inauguration: Festival of Scholarship

Experience the breadth of Cornell’s student scholarship. Guests will have the opportunity to interact with undergraduate, graduate and professional students as they share their academic projects in...
Physical Sciences Building
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Special Event
Aug 30
4:00 pm


Come learn about majors/minors in Africana Studies; American Studies; Latina/o Studies; Asian American Studies; American Indian and Indigenous Studies; Feminist, Gender & Sexuality Studies; and...
Arts Quad
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Sep 18
11:15 am

AIIS Speaker Series: Beth Piatote

This lecture is part of a bi-weekly graduate seminar in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP). All lectures in this series are open to the public.
400 Caldwell Hall

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University of Leeds Student Receives Fulbright for Research at Cornell

Jul 13, 2017
“I am very much looking forward to working with Rebecca during her Fulbright year at Cornell,” said Cheyfitz. “Our work in Indigenous and (post)colonial studies intersects in ways that will prove fruitful to both of us and the university; and Cornell with its interdisciplinary strengths and its internationally recognized American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and English department is an ideal place for Rebecca to conduct her research. We welcome her enthusiastically and look forward to an exciting collaboration.” Read more

Researching Urban Native American Communities

Jul 3, 2017
"Hart plans to visit Seattle this summer. She will study the operations of major nonprofits, such as the Daybreak Star Cultural Center, which are focused on Native American communities and issues. “I want to understand their role in the urban Native social network and how the community perceives their effectiveness.” Read more

The Native Archaeology of the Finger Lakes

Jun 15, 2017
"Through his writing, archaeology, and outreach, Jordan works alongside Native partners to better understand the indigenous history of the Finger Lakes region. He strives to share that history and connect it to the realities of Native communities now." Read more

Seeds and Knowledge Shared at Planting Moon Gathering

May 31, 2017
“We are all involved in the process of recuperating our entire culture, so each of us has to know a little bit of what the other person knows. How do we move knowledge in our communities from one generation to the next? How do we set the priorities for the future generations? As indigenous peoples we are a storied people.” [Professor Jolene Rickard] Read more