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.

We're Hiring!

The American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program is hiring for the Student Support Specialist position.

The goal of the Student Support Specialist is to create and maintain a thriving and vibrant student community and provide superb academic support for incoming and current students in AIISP. As the student services representative in AIISP, contributing to the effectiveness of University and AIISP services for Native American/Indigenous students is essential, and may include college/university committee work, attending specialized student events, and remaining current on emerging issues and trends in Indigenous and higher education w/respect to Native/Indigenous students. This individual will represent AIISP at national, regional, and state levels and serve as advisor to student groups.

We encourage you to apply or share with anyone you think may be interested!

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AIIS Speaker Series: Victims or Solutions? The Fight for Indigenous Stewardship and Leadership in Climate Action
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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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In March 1925, Cayuga Chief and Haudenosaunee spokesman Deskaheh delivered a radio address in Rochester, NY that condemned Canada’s recent dismantling of the hereditary council at Six Nations of the Grand River, the last remaining traditional...
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“This is a story that’s been told from generation to generation, but every family has their embellishments,” said Palmer, associate professor of performing and media arts in the College of Arts and Sciences and a Kiowa filmmaker and media artist...
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What Xepoleas saw as one example of cultural appropriation inspired her to begin researching how Indigenous women themselves contributed to the design and production of North American fashion in the early 20th century. "That's what led me to...
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