Our Mission

As Cornell University's American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program (AIISP), our mission is to aid the development of new generations of educated Indigenous and non-Indigenous people who will contemplate, study and contribute to the building of Indigenous nations and communities on a global scale.

We are extradisciplinary.

AIISP boasts a unique multidisciplinary minor available to undergraduate and graduate students in all programs at Cornell. Developed by a diverse array of faculty across subjects from anthropology to fiber science to natural resources, the American Indian and Indigenous Studies (AIIS) minor allows you to explore the complex histories and contemporary situations of North American and other Indigenous communities. Further, AIISP courses incorporate community-approved dimensions of Indigenous knowledge, which typically are more holistic than Western disciplinary models for research. Beyond being interdisciplinary, AIIS coursework is extradisciplinary.

We support Indigenous students.

As a student support unit, AIISP continues to develop recruitment and retention practices to enable North American and other Indigenous students to complete their academic programs at Cornell and reach their educational goals. Along with a full-time student support specialist, our diverse faculty and staff provide unique opportunities for research, engagement and social connection throughout students' academic careers and beyond. Our program house, Akwe:kon, serves not only as a residence but also as a cultural and community center.

We provide student leadership opportunities.

As a cross-college program, we have experience and access to prestigious opportunities like the McNair Scholars Program, the Udall Undergraduate Scholarship and the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies. Along with the rich resources that come with the world-renowned Cornell network, we offer a peer mentoring program, community tutoring program, Leadership Development Spotlight Series, enrichment and experiential funding, student employment opportunities and encourage involvement with the many AIISP-affiliated student organizations.

We aid the autonomy and sustainability of Indigenous communities.

We continually work to build the intellectual foundation for the resurgence of Indigenous Nations and communities through scholarship and research. Our community outreach programs facilitate learning through community partnerships and a dialogue grounded in Indigenous culture.

Let's connect

American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program

450 Caldwell Hall, Ithaca, NY 14853
Hours: Monday – Thursday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Email: aiisp [at] cornell.edu (aiisp[at]cornell[dot]edu)
Phone: (607) 255-6587
Fax: (607) 255-6246

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Artwork showing two boys fishing on the moon

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Ecologists, archaeologists, anthropologists, social scientists, artists and Indigenous community members (and some who are a combination of these) have collaborated on a series of research papers outlining insights, challenges and solutions from...
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Abigail Boatmun ’23, a student in the College of Human Ecology, receives the 2023 Campus-Community Leadership Award from Joel Malina.

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Abigail Boatmun ’23, a student in the College of Human Ecology, received the 2023 Campus-Community Leadership Award, which recognizes a graduating senior for their service to local communities.
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Students in AIISP garden outside Akwe:kon

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A new garden at Akwe:kon, established by students from the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program and the Cornell Botanic Gardens, aims to honor Indigenous students and their connection to the land.

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The award was created to recognize novel approaches to community engagement in each college that haven’t historically been honored.

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Support AIISP

To support AIISP, please submit the gift form following these instructions:

  1. Fill-in required information.
  2. On "gift designation," select College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.
  3. On "other gift designation," type American Indian and Indigenous Studies Program.