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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 and Indigenous Students at Cornell (NAISAC), 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

Cornell University is located in the traditional homelands of the Gayogohó:no (Cayuga Nation), one of the six Haudenosaunee nations.

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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.” 

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).

New Cayuga language class

Oct 11, 2019

For the first time in Cornell’s 154-year history, students this year can take a class to learn the language of the Cayuga Nation, whose traditional territory is now home to Cornell’s Ithaca campus. The launch of the class coincides with the United Nations’ declaration that 2019 is the Year of Indigenous Languages. Stephen Henhawk, a Cayuga speaker and historian, will teach the hands-on class.