AIISP Awards Ceremony 2018

AIISP Awards Ceremony 2018

AIISP at GRASAC - Spring 2018

AIISP at GRASAC - Spring 2018

Congratulations Dr. Ula Piasta-Mansfield

Dr. Ula Piasta-Mansfield

Fall 2018 Course Roster

Fall 2018 Course Roster

AIISP at NMAI 2018

AIISP at NMAI 2018

Conference on Seneca Land Dispossession 2018

Conference on Seneca Land Dispossession 2018
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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 Kathy Halbig,

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

May 27
10:00 am


Cornell University Commencement Ceremony for all degree candidates....
Schoellkopf Field
Aug 20
12:00 am

Graduate & Professional Student Welcome

Aug 29
4:00 pm

Uniting Communities Resource Fair and BBQ

Come learn about majors/minors in...
Arts Quad
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Cornell Law Alumna Runs for Congress

Cornell Law Alumna Runs for Congress, Seeks to Be First Female Native American Representative

Mar 8, 2018
Sharice Davids J.D. ’10 is hoping to make history on election night. Running for Congress in Kansas’ third district, if elected, Davids would be the first female Native American representative in Congress and the first openly gay representative from Kansas.
“I didn’t realize that there hadn’t been a Native women in Congress,” Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, a Native American tribe in Wisconsin, said. “I was kind of blown away by that, actually.”
“I mean, it’s 2018,” Davids added. “We’re still having firsts?”
While the historic nature of her electoral victory did not factor into Davids’ decision-making, she did acknowledge the historical significance of her campaign. Read more

To dye for: Exhibit showcases naturally tinted textiles

Feb 12, 2018
Six colorful charmeuse silk banners hang from a balcony over the foyer of the Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Nevin Welcome Center. The banners are part of a new exhibit, “Quiet Labor,” featuring naturally dyed textiles, garments and artwork by students and local artists who contribute to the Cornell Natural Dye Studio, organized by Denise Green ’07, assistant professor of fiber science and apparel design in the College of Human Ecology.
“Quiet Labor” opened Feb. 7 and will run until June 25. Read more
Virginia Tech Professor

Former Virginia Tech Prof Equates U.S. Historical Behavior Toward Native Americans and Palestinians

Nov 16, 2017
Espousing the view that the U.S. is a “settler colonial power,” independent scholar Steven Salaita said Native Americans and Palestinians have both, historically, been targets of U.S. imperialism in a lecture Wednesday.
“Palestinians need to have basic human rights,” Salaita said. “They need a social, economic and political transformation that allows them to breathe, that allows them to exist.” Read more

Trump nominates Alaska Native corporate leader for top Indian Affairs job

Oct 18, 2017

A longtime Alaska Native corporate leader is being nominated by President Trump to oversee Indian Affairs for the U.S. Department of Interior.
Tara Sweeney is executive vice president of external affairs for Arctic Slope Regional Corp. — the largest Alaska-owned business — and is a previous co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, which is holding its annual convention in Anchorage this week. She's from Utqiaġvik, previously known as Barrow, and is Inupiaq.
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Cornell Officially Observes Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Oct 10, 2017
In an empowering shift for indigenous students at Cornell, Monday was officially recognized as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the first time by the University and the City of Ithaca. Cornell approved academic calendar changes over the summer that renamed the second Monday in October Indigenous Peoples’ Day, coinciding with Fall Break. In addition, Ithaca Common Council passed a resolution to do the same in September. Read more