The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP) provides a unique combination of American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) courses, student leadership opportunities and an undergraduate residential experience at Akwe:kon, the first Native student residence hall in North America.

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Sachem Sam George is one of 10 Sachems (chiefs) for the Cayuga Nation, representing the Bear Clan. He was condoled in April 2005. Having grown up on Seneca Nation territory (Cattaraugus) and having learned Seneca language and customs, Sachem...
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Stop by to learn what courses AIISP is offering this upcoming fall, learn more about the AIIS minor, and see how AIISP can support your future endeavors!
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Grants advance social sciences research, collaboration

More than $271,000 in grants were awarded to Cornell faculty this spring by the Cornell Center for Social Sciences (CCSS). The grants funded 19 proposals for studies and conferences involving more than 30 faculty members and researchers across campus.

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  • Natural Resources and the Environment
  • Department of Communication
A map of Cornell's north campus indicating where the new residence halls will be


Residence hall names honor McClintock, Hu, Cayuga Nation
For the Indigenous Cayuga Nation, who call themselves Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫʼ (pronounced Guy-yo-KO-no), Cornell will use the word Ganędagǫ: (pronounced Gah-NEN-dah-go) – meaning “hill” in the Gayogo̱ hó꞉nǫ' language. This is the ancestral name for the...
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  • School of Integrative Plant Science
  • Plant Breeding and Genetics Section

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