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.

Land Acknowledgment

Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ are members of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, an alliance of six sovereign nations with a historic and contemporary presence on this land. The confederacy precedes the establishment of Cornell University, New York state and the United States of America. We acknowledge the painful history of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ people, past and present, to these lands and waters.

This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ leadership.

Learn more about land acknowledgments here.

In addition to the Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ land acknowledgment but separate from it, the AIISP faculty would like to emphasize: Cornell's founding was enabled in the course of a national genocide by the sale of almost one million acres of stolen Indian land under the Morrill Act of 1862. To date the university has neither officially acknowledged its complicity in this theft nor has it offered any form of restitution to the hundreds of Native communities impacted. For additional information, see the Cornell University and Indigenous Dispossession website here.

AIISP Events

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Welcome Back & Mural Launch
Join the students, staff, and faculty of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program to start the spring semester and kickoff the mural project going on from January to March in Ganędagǫ: Hall by artist Erwin Printup (Gayogo̱hó:nǫɁ).
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Photograph of a large group of people holding one fist up in the air and holding a large red banner that reads Indigenous justice is climate justice.


Indigeneity means something different to each one of us as an Indigenous person. Our communities are diverse in practice, protocol, language, and the way we know the world around us. However, working on a global scale I've observed a common...
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For 400 years, the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy) have interacted with New York officials over matters of war and peace, trade and commerce, and confiscation of Haudenosaunee lands and wealth. Throughout this long period, New...
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Nikoloz Lomsadze in a field of mixed barley and wheat


Maslins, or mixtures of grains planted and eaten together, have fed humans for millennia. Now nearly forgotten, they can adapt in real time to unpredictable weather and extreme weather.

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(L-R), Steven Mana’oakamai Johnson, Natalie Cápiro ’00, Hale Ann Tufan, Chuan Liao, Shaila Musharoff, Michael Charles ’16.


This is the fifth in a series of stories detailing actions CALS students, faculty and staff have taken over the past several years to make our community a more diverse, equitable and inclusive place for everyone. In fall 2021, CALS announced it's first-ever faculty cohort initiative focused on hiring a group of scientists whose work explicitly addresses systemic challenges facing marginalized communities through transdisciplinary collaboration. The first search was received with great enthusiasm and 381 people applied for the six positions.
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