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.

Solidarity with Grief and Anger expressed by Indigenous Communities

The students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program at Cornell University join with Indigenous peoples across Turtle Island to honor and mourn the hundreds of lost Indigenous children whose bodies continue to be found in unmarked and undocumented graves at Canadian Indian Residential Schools.

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AIISP Events

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Lecture

Globally there are over 100 memorials to Captain James Cook, whose voyagers throughout the Pacific enabled empire and colonization. As one of the largest archipelagos in the Pacific, Hawaii is famous for many things, especially its hospitality...
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Lecture

As videogame designers respond to critiques of and demands for gendered and racial representations, more and more games have started to offer alternative embodiments and narratives to consider the gendered dynamics of who is imagined to design...
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AIISP News

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News

Perry Ground ’91 travels around the world performing traditional Haudenosaunee stories, adapting them to the present while keeping their traditional spirit alive.
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News

In rural and Indigenous communities with limited access to weather data, generations of farmers, fishers, herders, hunters and orchardists have relied on indicators such as the first snowfall, emergence of a certain plant or arrival of a bird species to guide when to plant, harvest or perform other tasks. But because of climate change, many of these ecological patterns have shifted.
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