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 NAIS faculty is a campus-wide group, comprised of more than forty scholars who work on Native American and Indigenous issues. The NAIS Graduate Certificate is currently offered to CU students, and we are pursuing a NAIS Undergraduate Certificate with the hope that this will be offered in Fall 2015. Faculty and students take part in a number of ongoing events hosted by CNAIS, such as the NAIS Research Series and NAIS Works in Progress Series, as well as unique events such as academic panels and creative writing readings.


New Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies Approved
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Graduate Certificate in Native American and Indigenous Studies Approved
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Friday, February 27, NAIS Faculty Retreat, 9am-12pm in IBS room 155B

Monday, March 09, Her Many Ways: Native Women's Stories & Songs
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Questions about CU Native American and Indigenous Studies can be addressed to Penelope.Kelsey at or James.Cowell at

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