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Akwe:kon is a residential facility that is jointly supported by Cornell's American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) and the Division of Campus Life Residential Programs. It is home to thirty five students who have selected to serve as community leaders who wish to help meet Akwe:kon's goal of student support and community education. Akwe:kon provides a dynamic and supportive living experience for Native and non-Native students interested in Native issues and intercultural learning. Akwe:kon's Native residents come from many Nations across the United States and Canada. Its non-Native residents are also culturally and geographically diverse. All the residents share information and cultural experiences while making Akwe:kon their home on campus.

Students who live at Akwe:kon create their own stimulating community to complement Cornell's rich academic and social life. They advance multicultural learning and exchange across the campus through programs and events, and play a key role in house governance, serving on the Akwe:kon Ongwe House Council.