So grateful to have had Ansley Jemison as the Akwe:kon RHD from 2012 - 2017!

AIISP Community Enjoying Dinner at the AIISP Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony at Akwe:kon

AIISP Annual Awards and Recognition Ceremony

Akwesasne Sevice Learning Project, April 28-29 2017





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.

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Upcoming Events


May 27 | 10:00 am

Cornell University Commencement Ceremony for all degree candidates....

Location: Schoellkopf Field

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Seeds and Knowledge Shared at Planting Moon Gathering

 “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

Cornell Natural Dye Garden

'In May 2015, Professor Denise Green, in collaboration with fellow FSAD staff, planted a test garden of natural dye plants within garden beds at the northeast corner of Human Ecology building overlooking Beebe Lake [...] "Our hope is they become conscientious citizens of the world who think about the impact that their design will have on the environment, on human health and on many people that we don't often think about when we consume fashion."' Read more

The Native Archaeology of the Finger Lakes

"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

Eric Cheyfiz & Mark Levine article "Israel, Palestine, and the Poetics of Genocide" published in Jadaliyya

"Our approach is to trace the political history of the term 'genocide' in law and jurisprudence, and compare some of the contexts in which the practices to which the term refers have occurred, and where accountability has been pursued. We also consider where and why there are grey areas in its usage, and offer some thoughts about the political utility and detriments that accompany the charge of genocide." Read more