01/08/2021 - These positions are part of a multi-year hiring commitment in American Indian Studies at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Application deadline, February 5.
11/17/2020 - Memorial for Durango Mendoza, Muscogee (Creek) writer/artist (1945–2020)
09/18/2020 - American Indian Studies postdoctoral fellow Lindsay Marshall talks with TIME Magazine about the long history of reactionary political attacks on U.S. history curriculum.
09/15/2020 - Effective September 15, 2020, as part of our commitment to NAGPRA and to the concerns of Tribal Nations, the university will implement a moratorium on research, teaching, display, imaging, and circulation of human remains and cultural items that are potentially subject to NAGPRA
09/10/2020 - Ojibwe women created a healing tradition in response to the influenza pandemic of 1918-19, which devastated native peoples across the US, Alaska, and Canada.
05/31/2020 - NAISA stands in solidarity with the African American community and with protesters of all races who express their righteous anger and demand of justice across the United States
04/16/2020 - There are many resources for students and staff during this unusual time of crisis and change.
03/05/2020 - Native artists from North America will talk about their work at three events this month that are part of Krannert Art Museum’s new Native Artist Series.
10/23/2019 - American Indian Studies professor Shanondora Billiot examines the United Houma Nation's experiences with climate change and the impact it is having on tribal culture and members’ health and well-being. “People are not included in decisions that directly impact them. They feel a lack of agency,” Billiot said.
10/21/2019 - It’s well known that traumatic experiences can have lifelong impacts on health and well-being. But it’s possible that those effects can last longer than a single lifetime. A new study lead by American Indian Studies Professor Ripan Malhi asks whether the effects of trauma have been passed down genetically in Tlingit families in Hoonah, Alaska.
10/09/2019 - We are launching a workshop series called AIS.In.Progress, where faculty and graduate students can workshop drafts of articles, chapters, creative works, job applications, talks, frybread recipes, etc. The first professionalization workshop will focus on the academic job market and will be co-facilitated by Professor Jenny Davis (Chickasaw) and AIS Interim Director Dustin Tahmahkera (Comanche).
07/16/2019 - Drawing from the Edward E. Ayer North and Middle American Indian Linguistics collection at the Newberry Library, Professor Jenny L. Davis will lead the 2019 NCAIS Summer Institute seminar, Revitalizing Indigenous Languages
06/19/2019 - Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today announced the appointment of Joy Harjo as the nation’s 23rd Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry for 2019-2020. Harjo will take up her duties in the fall, opening the Library’s annual literary season on Sept. 19 with a reading of her work in the Coolidge Auditorium at the Library of Congress.
11/19/2018 - Matthew Sakiestewa Gilbert grew up in a community of running. Even as a child growing up in Flagstaff, he said he would run with his family in Buffalo Park. The Hopi people have a long history of running, and in his new book, "Hopi Runners: Crossing the Terrain Between Indian and American," he tells the story of Hopi runners who made history in the early 1900s
10/02/2018 - The Peoria Tribe of Oklahoma, descendants of the native people who once inhabited Illinois, also supports the idea