Native Students at the Native Graduation Ceremony, May 2012


The new Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) is a vibrant organization that brings together the best of theory and practice, cross-disciplinary research, and collaboration among the University and its constituents, to improve educational access for Native American students and advance research on issues facing Native American and Indigenous peoples in the US and around the world.

The CNAIS faculty is a campus-wide group, comprised of more than forty scholars who work on Native American and Indigenous issues. The NAIS Graduate and Undergraduate Certificates are currently offered to CU students. Faculty and students take part in a number of ongoing events hosted by CNAIS, such as the CNAIS Research Series and CNAIS Works in Progress Series, as well as unique events such as academic panels and creative writing readings.


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Friday, April 15, 2016, 12:00-1:00pm, Visual Arts Complex 367 Beth Rose Middleton (Afro-Caribbean) and Kaitlin Reed (Yurok) "The Carbon Market as a Tool for Tribal Land Acquisition."

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 9:00-11:00am, Norlin M549 (Center for British and Irish Studies) Scott Pratt, "Indigenous Ontology and the Ethics of Scientific Practice."

Questions about CU Native American and Indigenous Studies can be addressed to our Interim Director, Melanie.Yazzie at

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