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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 Ula Piasta-Mansfield ump4@cornell.edu

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

Feb 19
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2:55 pm

AIIS 2100: Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks, Speaker Series with Vince Schiffert

History Teacher, Niagara Wheatfield High School and Tuscarora Elementary School (Tuscarora)
Location:
100 Caldwell Hall
Feb 19
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4:30 pm

CIAMS Lecture Series: Alison Wylie

Witnessing and Translating: The Indigenous/Science Project...
Location:
Goldwin Smith Hall
Event type:
Lecture
Feb 21
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2:55 pm

AIIS 2100: Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks, Speaker Series with Kanen’tó:kon Hemlock

A Mohawk community Bear Clan Chief from Kahnawake, Kanen'to:kon Hemlock is a teacher of language, culture, and history. He is also a Chairperson of the Haudenosaunee External Relations Committee,...
Location:
100 Caldwell Hall

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Prof. Jolene Rickard - "International Year of Indigenous Languages" Podcast

Feb 5, 2019

The director of the Language Resource Center, Dr. Angelika Kraemer interviewed AIISP Director and Associate Professor Jolene Rickard on United Nation’s declaration of 2019 as the “International Year of Indigenous Languages.” The Language Resource Center at Cornell produces a weekly podcast, Speaking of Language. 
The speaker who provided the Opening Address, Kanen'tó:kon Hemlock, Kahnaw'a:ke Mohawk Nation (Quebec, Canada), will also be speaking in AIIS 2100 Indigenous Ingenuities, on Thursday, Feb. 21. More details about this opening address can be found here. The official website for IYIL2019 is here: https://en.iyil2019.org/
 
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We Should be Giving Sanctuary to Indigenous Natives from the South

Jan 24, 2019

by Doug George-Kanentiio
When I watch the reports of the thousands of people coming north from their homelands in Central America I do not see Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians; I see indigenous people, our southern kin, fleeing countries which have become overwhelmed by vicious gangs whose drug money comes directly from sales made in the United States.  Read more

Tsiorasa Barreiro receives NYS Hometown Alumni Award

Oct 29, 2018

Tsiorasa Barreiro ’00, an Akwesasne native and executive director for tribal operations of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe in Akwesasne, Franklin County, was recognized as a community leader and presented with the Cornell New York State Hometown Alumni Award Oct. 27. Read more

‘Sioux Chef’ on restoring indigenous foods, bridging cultures

Oct 2, 2018

Sean Sherman, James Beard Award-winning chef and founder and CEO of The Sioux Chef, shared his research and insights on indigenous food cultures at Cornell Botanic Gardens’ Audrey O’Connor Lecture Sept. 5. An Oglala Lakota born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, Sherman co-wrote the acclaimed cookbook, “The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen.” Read more