*To promote collaborative research focusing on both local and global Indigenous knowledge and experience
*Provide Native students and faculty an intellectual and social home at CU
*Foster wide-ranging NAIS projects that aim to open conversations both in Colorado and the world
The Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) is a high-impact entity devoted to collaborative research projects, student recruitment and retention through fellowships and other means of support. CNAIS faculty and students also outreach to Indigenous communities, regional museums, historical societies, primary and secondary schools, and to the general public. From our inception, CNAIS aspired to provide Native students and faculty an intellectual and social home at the University of Colorado. Our connections and vision are increasingly global. Harnessing the power found at the confluence of local and global flows of Indigenous knowledge and experience, we aim to invigorate studies at the University of Colorado through fresh consideration of issues which humanity faces. Our goal is to attract the best students, faculty, and collaborators to CU in order to foster wide-ranging humanistic projects across and among these constituents with the aim of opening these conversations and endeavors to various publics both locally and globally.
When the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) interconnectivity increased dramatically between indigenous scholars and groups via the internet and other factors. At CU, our NAIS faculty saw the opportunity to bring together our interdisciplinary fields and have a positive impact on research, students, and communities locally and globally. Some areas that set us apart are: