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.
Cornell University is located on the traditional homelands of the Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' (the Cayuga Nation). The Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' 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꞉nǫ' dispossession, and honor the ongoing connection of Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' people, past and present, to these lands and waters.
This land acknowledgment has been reviewed and approved by the traditional Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ' leadership.
Cornell University & Indigenous Dispossession Project
AIISP launched the Cornell University and Indigenous Dispossession Project in June 2020 to research Cornell’s ties to violence and displacement through its landholdings in New York state, the Morrill Land-Grant College Act of 1862, and other takings of Indigenous homelands. This project was prompted by a March 2020 article in High Country News that exposed the ties between Indigenous dispossession and the United States Land-Grant system, and Cornell’s prominent role in that process. AIISP has produced a blog that contains informative articles, videos and audio podcasts produced by faculty, students, alumni and members of the Indigenous communities affected by Cornell’s actions. AIISP plans diplomatic outreach to more than 200 Indigenous nations affected by Cornell’s actions to discuss this history and possible remedies desired by the impacted communities.
Migrations: A Global Grand Challenge, part of Global Cornell, has won a three-year, $5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative that will bring together scholars across the university and beyond to study the links between racism, dispossession and migration.
Explore the American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program