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.


Charles Cambridge Talk

Native American Student Experience at CU Over the Years: Perspectives from the First Native CU-Boulder graduate and PhD Student.

Nov. 9, 2023

Thursday, November 9th, 4-5 pm in the Abrams Lounge at the Center for Community (C4C building). This talk is presented as part of Native American Heritage Month, also as part of the CU History Project, and also as part of a new pilot mentorship program to improve mentoring for Native...

Benny Shendo Jr. Headshot

Meet CU-Boulder’s new Associate Vice Chancellor for Native American Affairs

Nov. 7, 2023

Tuesday November 7, 4-6pm in the Abrams Lounge, at the Center for Community (C4C building). This meeting is open to students, staff and faculty interested in Native and Indigenous issues, studies and research on campus. This will be an informal meeting (with light refreshments) to better inform our new AVC,...

Kittredge Central Building

Indigenous Peoples Day, Indigenous Food Sovereignty Event

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 4:30-7:30, Kittredge Central, in collaboration with CU DEI Office. Join us for an evening of good food, community, and celebration of Indigenous knowledge. This event will highlight knowledge keepers and activists who are keeping Indigenous food traditions alive. Our speakers will explore some of the historical context...

Indigenous Peoples Day logo

Indigenous Peoples Day

Sunday Oct. 8, all day, Dairy Center for the Arts, in collaboration with Right Relationships Boulder. Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations are part of a national effort to recognize and honor the existence, culture and contributions of the original inhabitants of North America on the day that has been observed as...

Pow-wow Dance Demonstration, with Northern Arapaho Dancers

Thursday, Sept. 21, 10am, Irey Theater, in collaboration with the Theater and Dance Department.

Pow-wow in Native America: A discussion with CNAIS Director Andrew Cowell

Thursday, Sept. 14, 10am, Irey Theater, in collaboration with the Theater and Dance Department.

Native Welcome 2023

Native Welcome 2023

Sept. 4, 2023

Native Freshman Orientation

Saturday Aug. 26, 1:30pm, C4C Building, in collaboration with the Center for Inclusion and Social Change.

Indigenous Knowledge by Danielle Seewalker

Faculty mentorship training program, in collaboration with STEM Routes, for Native American graduate students in STEM fields

Training sessions begin Thursday, August 10, 9am, Wilderness Place, Room 110. Sessions two and three August 17, August 24. STEM Routes has collaborated with the Center for Native American & Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) to develop a mentorship program model for Native and Indigenous graduate students in STEM fields in the...

This is Their Land CU Boulder

Film Screening and Q&A of "Modoc Nation" & "This is Their Land" on March 14th 2023

CNAIS and the Center for Student Involvement Present Film Screening and Q&A Tuesday, March 14th from 5:00-7:00 PM CASE Chancellors Auditorium Join us for a powerful two-film feature about the endurance, strength and resilience of the Modoc peoples. We will feature the documentary, “ Modoc Nation: An Untold Story of...