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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

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

Oct 17
7:00 pm

Words from a Bear: Film screening

Join filmmaker and new Cornell faculty member Jeff Palmer Thursday, Oct. 17 for a public masterclass and a screening of his documentary film, "N. Scott Momaday: Words from a Bear," a 2019 Sundance...
Schwartz Center for Performing Arts
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Oct 18
12:20 pm

Words from a Bear: Defining Indigenous orality on the screen.

Join the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) for our Speaker Series with Jeffrey Palmer (Kiowa) Filmmaker and Associate Professor, Department of Performing and Media Arts,...
400 Caldwell Hall
Oct 21
5:00 pm

The REDress Project. Honoring Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

On October 21st-23rd Native American and Indigeous Students at Cornell (NAISAC) is bringing an installation of the REDress Project by Jaime Black, to Cornell’s campus. The REDress Project is an...
Willard Straight Hall Memorial Room
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Nov 1
12:20 pm

Jonathan Jones: Indigenous Knowledges and Art-Making Practices

A member of the Wiradjuri and Kamilaroi nations of southeast Australia, Jonathan Jones is an artist, curator, and researcher. As an artist, he works across a range of mediums — from printmaking and...
Abby and Howard Milstein Auditorium
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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.

First Rural Humanities Showcase Spotlights Cornell

Sep 23, 2019

Poetry and performance -- as well as more traditional presentations -- comprised the first Rural Humanities Showcase, held in the A.D. White House.  Kurt Jordan, associate professor of anthropology and Director of the Cornell Institute of Archaeology and Materials Studies, described his decades-long archaeology work on Haudenosaunee sites on which he collaborates with Indigenous communities and institutions. 

Inaugural Course on Cayuga Language and Culture Starts This Fall

Sep 10, 2019

This fall, Cornell introduced a new course in which students can learn the traditional language Gayogo̱hó:nǫ and culture of the Cayuga Nation, the Indigenous community whose land Cornell’s Ithaca campus was founded on. “Indigenous peoples and cultures have a deep knowledge about the land that we have been caretakers for for thousands of years,” course instructor Prof. Jolene Rickard, history of art and visual studies, told The Sun. “And here at Cornell, that knowledge is expressed through the Gayogo̱hó:nǫ or Cayuga language and culture.”