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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 an undergraduate residential experience at Akwe:kon, the first Native student residence hall in North America. The AIISP has affiliated faculty in the fields of Art, Art History, Anthropology, Archaeology, English, Fiber Science, History, Linguistics, and Natural Resources. The AIISP supports the Native American and Indigenous Students at Cornell (NAISAC), the American Indian and Engineering Society (AISES), the Indigenous Graduate Student Association (IGSA), Hawai’i Club and Pacific Islander Student Association, and the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA). Indigenous applicants are encouraged to contact student support specialist Wayva Waterman Lyons at to learn more about the admissions process.

Cornell University is located in the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ(Cayuga Nation), one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee confederacy.



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Professor Jolene Rickard

Smithsonian gallery hosting work by Cornell’s Jolene Rickard

Mar 11, 2020

Jolene Rickard, associate professor in the Department of Art (Architecture, Art and Planning), the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies (College of Arts and Sciences), and former Director of The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, has artwork currently on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C.

David Strip

David Strip '77, PhD '78 establishes fund filling in the gaps for indigenous students

Feb 13, 2020

David Strip '77, PhD '78 gives gift to help establish a fund which fills in the gaps that traditional financial aid does not cover enabling indigenous students to mix with their peers on more equal footing. Strip had a unique purpose in mind for his gift: “to provide an opportunity for Native American students to develop assets to survive, and hopefully thrive, in the world they have been forced into.” 

Haudenosaunee Confederacy stands in Solidarity with Wet'suwet'en

Feb 7, 2020

The Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy releases an official statement condemning the recent actions of the RCMP on the Unist'ot'ten camp and call upon the Government of Canada to end any further RCMP actions.

teepee with Richard Oakes in front

Thinking Indigenous: Richard Oakes and The Red Power Movement

Nov 20, 2019

Thursday, 12/5/19 Ithaca College, Center for the Study of Culture, Race, and Ethnicity, Klingenstein Lounge, 6:00
Thinking Indigenous: Richard Oakes and The Red Power Movement, Keynote: Kent Blansett, U of Nebraska, followed by roundtable with Mohawk Elder, Tom Porter, and Journalist, Doug George (Mohawk). (Co-sponsored by AIISP and Ithaca College).