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University of Leeds Student Receives Fulbright for Research at Cornell

Jul 13, 2017
“I am very much looking forward to working with Rebecca during her Fulbright year at Cornell,” said Cheyfitz. “Our work in Indigenous and (post)colonial studies intersects in ways that will prove fruitful to both of us and the university; and Cornell with its interdisciplinary strengths and its internationally recognized American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and English department is an ideal place for Rebecca to conduct her research. We welcome her enthusiastically and look forward to an exciting collaboration.” Read more

Researching Urban Native American Communities

Jul 3, 2017
"Hart plans to visit Seattle this summer. She will study the operations of major nonprofits, such as the Daybreak Star Cultural Center, which are focused on Native American communities and issues. “I want to understand their role in the urban Native social network and how the community perceives their effectiveness.” Read more

The Native Archaeology of the Finger Lakes

Jun 15, 2017
"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

Seeds and Knowledge Shared at Planting Moon Gathering

May 31, 2017
“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

May 3, 2017
'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

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

May 2, 2017
"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

Skye Hart Awarded 2017 Udall Scholarship

Apr 20, 2017
'Hart, who majors in city and regional planning, is a member of the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians. As a Hunter R. Rawlings III Presidential Research Scholar, Hart conducts independent research on urban Native communities. She is a co-chair of Native American Students at Cornell and a Cornell representative to the Ivy Native Council, and she tutors students from the Onondaga Nation. She plans to earn a master’s in urban and regional planning, with the goal of eventually working with urban Native communities to help them address homelessness, education and gaining access to culturally-relevant resources through planning and community development work.
“I appreciate that this is a government-funded scholarship that recognizes Native students’ dedication to supporting their communities,” she said.' Read more

NASAC receives Perkins Prize Honorable Mention for Work on Indigenous Peoples' Week

Mar 28, 2017
"Honorable mentions went to the Native American Students at Cornell (NASAC) and Black Students United (BSU). NASAC worked to achieve broader awareness of Indigenous people’s presence in the Cornell community, culminating in a series of campus activities, Indigenous Peoples’ Week, last fall."

Kathy Halbig Receives Barry J. White Memorial Award

Mar 21, 2017
At the Promising Futures dinner on March 17th, Student Services Associate Kathy Halbig received a much deserved award from the Native American Indian Education Association of New York. Congrats, Kathy!

AIISP student activism featured in Cornell Daily Sun

Mar 16, 2017
"This past Friday, Ransom and six other Cornell students left the University at 1 a.m to join thousands of Native Americans and allies streaming in from all corners of the country to march against the government’s actions in Standing Rock." Read more

Chairman Archambault, Global Cornell

Mar 2, 2017
“'In 2007 our tribe said we don’t want pipelines in our ancestral lands,' he said. 'We saw not only the bad in the social ills, but also the environmental ills of unregulated pipelines and fracking water.' In 2013 Standing Rock passed resolutions against the Keystone XL Pipeline.
'Our focus has been on our children,' Archambault said, explaining the emphasis of his chairmanship, which began in 2013. 'We can invest in our kids…and create the brilliant minds that will solve all the things that plague us. If we invest in them, they will have the answers in the future.'” Read more

Chairman Archambault, Cornell Chronicle

Mar 2, 2017
“One of the things I want to do is make sure that we create the hope that is necessary for the future… As long as I put a focus on the future, I can sleep at night,” said David Archambault II, chairman of Standing Rock Sioux Nation. Read more

Kyrie Ransom featured in panel on Mohwak Council of Akwesasne

Mar 2, 2017
"The Mohawk community of Akwesasne straddles the St. Lawrence River at the intersection of the Quebec-Ontario and Canada-United States borders. As such, its residents have had to contend with even greater challenges to their sovereignty than many other Indigenous nations in North America. Until the mid-1990s, judges at the Akwesasne Court were external officials appointed by the federal government under the Indian Act of 1876." Read more

Cornell Chronicle/CALS cover Chairman Archambault lecture

Feb 20, 2017
“It is chairman Archambault’s key obligation to protect and conserve the lands, waters, and culture of his peoples,” Kassam said. “It is our role as students and faculty to directly engage communities by learning about their concerns and sharing our knowledge. This is how we, together, engender hope and wise stewardship.” Read more

Cornell Sun covers C. Archambault lecture

Feb 20, 2017
The Standing Rock Sioux will lead a march on Washington D.C. on March 10, and Archambault called for activists to organize similar demonstrations in their home cities.
“This movement — it’s an awakening,” he said. “It’s time now. It’s time to do something, and sit back no longer.” Read more

"For our tomorrows: Refining facets of sustainability" in Ezra Magazine

Nov 30, 2016
Professor Gerald Torres: "You want lawyers to be conversant with scientists to think through the best policies."
Skye Hart, '18: "That way those earning low incomes will have access to better schools, shorter commutes and public transportation, resulting in a more equitable and eco-friendly lifestyle. PUSH [People United for Sustainable Housing] has shown that environmentally sustainable initiatives are a solution in low-income neighborhoods." Read more

Faculty response to CCA Biennial installation "American Spolia: Crossing the Line"

Oct 7, 2016
In a letter to interim President Rawlings, Dean Kleinman (AAP), and Professor Mergold (Architecture), AIISP faculty request the removal of the American Spolia installation. Additionally, they ask that the university clarify its relationship to the art installation, and renew their call for Cornell University to officially recognize its location on Cayuga territories. Read more

Freedom Interrupted event launches year-long dialogue

Sep 21, 2016
"Carol Warrior, assistant professor of English and faculty member of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program, said for Native Americans, “many encounters with police are combined with violent force and racial epithets, mixed with a kind of language that draws from frontier ideas about Indians – that they need taming or that they should be extinct." She described a community initiative after the death of a First Nations man that resulted in advocacy for better training and accountability for police. The collaboration changed things, she said, 'and the community became empowered."  Read more

Ah-Theuh-Nyeh-Hah:The Planting Moon

Sep 14, 2016
From recent article in ithaca.com: "As a visual metaphor of the turtle in the Haudenosaunee Creation Story, the “13 moons” planting is an earthwork sculpture composed of 13 mounds representing the 13-moon annual lunar cycle. Designed by Jolene Rickard (Tuscarora), visual artist, associate professor, and director of AIISP, the garden consists of three large interior mounds, planted with sunflowers and tobacco to suggest the turtle’s carapace, surrounded by 10 smaller mounds planted with corn, green beans and squash in the traditional “three-sisters” configuration. Strawberries, also a traditional Haudenosaunee crop, are growing in an adjacent row." Read more

Growing GRASAC Receives Canadian Partnership Development Grant

Sep 12, 2016
Congratulations Professor Jolene Rickard and Professor Kurt Jordan on successfully collaborating with the Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study of Aboriginal Arts and Cultures and receiving a two-year Partnership Development Grant through the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRCC). For more information please visit https://grasac.org/ and for the full announcement: Read more

Skye Hart '18, Rawlings Cornell Presidential Research Scholar

Aug 25, 2016
Congratulations Skye Hart (Seneca) '18 on becoming a Rawlings Cornell Presidential Scholar for her project, Understanding Planning for Seattle's Native American Communities: "Native Americans living in urban areas tend to experience higher poverty rates and worse living standards than the overall population, among other issues, yet there is little research regarding present-day urban Native communities. Using Seattle as a case study, I will further the literature on Native Americans living in urban areas by exploring the issued facing Seattle's urban Native population, the resources currently available, and how to address community needs." Read more

Leadership in the World of Stem and Beyond

Jul 8, 2016
Michael Charles (Navajo), a brand-new graduate of Cornell University, has always applied himself. But he hasn't always been sure of his path in life...with a positive undergraduate experience to his credit, including a minor in music, Charles has decided to continue toward his doctorate. Read more

House Proud

Jul 6, 2016
Twenty-five years ago this fall, Cornell became the first university in the U.S. to open a residence hall dedicated to Native American life—a purpose-built, painstakingly designed structure that incorporated myriad symbols into its exterior, interior, and even landscaping. Located at the corner of Triphammer and Jessup roads on North Campus, the house was named Akwe:kon (pronounced "uh-GWAY-go"), which means "all of us" in the Mohawk language. A quarter century later, Akwe:kon is still going strong... Read more