We are proud to offer numerous courses every semester that range in content and engage various departments across campus. If you are interested in how fields such as art, art history, archaeology, English, horticulture, law, linguistics, or natural resources engage Indigenous issues, we have a course for you.

AIIS 3325: Cayuga Language and Culture II

Professor John Whitman, Professor Shaawano Chad Uran (White Earth Anishinaabe), Steve Henhawk (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ')

Online; Fridays, 2:40 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.

A continuation of LING 3324, with further exploration of Cayuga (Gayogo̱hó꞉nǫ') language and culture. Language instruction continues in an immersive learning environment with a focus on plants and growing in the spring. Cayuga Language Culture I (fall 2020) is not a prerequisite.

AIIS 1110: Indigenous Issues in Global Perspectives

Professor Troy Richardson (Saponi/Tuscarora)

Online; Mondays & Wednesdays, 11:20AM - 12:10PM plus Discussion Section

This course attends to the contemporary issues, contexts and experiences of Indigenous peoples. Students will develop a substantive understanding of colonialism and engage in the parallels and differences of its histories, forms, and effects on Indigenous peoples globally. Contemporary Indigenous theorists, novelists, visual artists and historians have a prominent place in the course, highlighting social/environmental philosophies, critical responses to and forms of resistance toward neocolonial political and economic agendas and the fundamental concern for Indigenous self determination, among other topics.

AIIS 2100: Indigenous Ingenuities as Living Networks


Online; Tuesdays & Thursdays, 11:25AM - 12:40PM

This course explores Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) knowledge and its application across the disciplines and through time. In particular, it offers a glimpse into Cornell's local indigenous culture through Haudenosaunee understanding of themselves as a unique people, maintaining traditional teachings and fulfilling ancient responsibilities in the world. Students will engage multiple primary sources including: art, archives, material and expressive culture and interact with Haudenosaunee knowledge holders, intellectuals, and elders.

AIIS 6010: American Indian and Indigenous Studies Speaker Series

Graduate-level course that introduces students to ongoing research in the field of Indigenous Studies in a proseminar/colloquium format. Advanced graduate students are expected to present their work in progress; all are expected to attend each seminar and provide presenters with critical and constructive commentary on papers. Offered in the fall.

AIIS 1100: Indigenous North America

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to the diverse cultures, histories and contemporary situations of the Indigenous peoples of North America. Students will also be introduced to important themes in the post-1492 engagement between Indigenous and settler populations in North America and will consider the various and complex ways in which that history affected - and continues to affect - American Indian peoples and societies. Course materials draw on the humanities, social sciences, and expressive arts. Offered in the fall.

Steve Henhawk stands in front of a white board.
AIISP courses - Student sits on a grassy area reading a book, overlooking Cayuga Lake
A creek runs through a wooded gorge with a bridge in the background
In focus, red and orange leaves hang from a tree with Sage Hall in the background
A field of grass frames McGraw tower in the background