CNAIS hosts a number of events each year that build community on our campus and feature current work in Indigenous studies and related fields at CU Boulder and beyond. Our annual CNAIS Speaker Series typically centers on a theme each year and invites notable scholars, filmmakers, and artists to CU Boulder to present their work. Our regular Brown Bag Series features CNAIS faculty and affiliates at CU Boulder, as well as local and regional guests who work with Indigenous communities. The NAIS Graduate Student Conference highlights the work of students taking our capstone Graduate Certificate course, Indigenous Thought and Theory (ETHN 6103). Our fall Native Student Welcome and Native Graduation events provide opportunities to celebrate our students and build community across the CU Boulder campus. Additionally, CNAIS co-sponsors numerous other events that highlight and support Native American and Indigenous culture and research at CU.


Mauna Kea

Animating Tradition, Embodying Jurisdiction: The Stakes of the Mauna Kea Dispute

Feb. 10, 2020

This talk will explore the stakes of the unfolding dispute on Mauna Kea concerning the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) project. The dispute has been the subject of legal and administrative proceedings and two major direction action protests, one in 2015 and another that began last July and is ongoing. Johnson...

2018 Native Grads with blankets

2020 CU Native Graduation

Feb. 1, 2020

We deeply regret that this event has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please see our 2020 Native Graduates page that honors and congratulates our students' accomplishments!

NAIS showcase 2019

2019 NAIS Graduate Student Showcase Presentations

Dec. 1, 2019

Rangimarie Mahuika

Wānanga as a Māori Research Methodology

Nov. 22, 2019

Wānanga is becoming an increasingly common practice utilized by Māori researchers today, with deep roots in Māori and iwi tikanga, culture, and rituals of learning and knowledge transmission. There is a small body of writing on wānanga focused on both traditional Whare Wānanga and the more recent establishment of equivalent...

IPD 2019

Indigenous Peoples' Day 2019!

Oct. 9, 2019

Check out these events in honor of Indigenous Peoples' Day, hosted by the City of Boulder and sponsored by numerous community organizations.

Carlton Gover

Dating Apps in Archaeology: Matching the Archaeological Record with Indigenous Oral Traditions

Sept. 14, 2019


2019 Native Student Welcome

Aug. 28, 2019

Come meet faculty, staff, current and new students! Enjoy food and gifts and find out more about CNAIS.


Future Ancestors: A Reading and Interdisciplinary Workshop with Chamorro Poet Lehua M. Taitano

March 29, 2019

Gregg Deal

Muralism and [Re]definition of Community

March 25, 2019

What happens to a community when it casts itself on the walls that surround it? Using the murals of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles and the recent Indigenous Mural Space executed in the Visual Arts Complex on CU Boulder campus as particular examples, this talk will examine the impact and function...

Reindeer Herding Alaska

Reindeer Herding in Alaska:1900-1940

March 25, 2019

This paper examines what we believe to be a forerunner of many current livestock programs – the provision of reindeer to Native Alaskans starting in the 1890s. Reindeer were imported from Russia with the intended purpose of providing a dependable source of cash income, food and employment in rural Native...