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.


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...

Reindeer Russia

Alexei Tsykarev Presents, Indigenous Peoples and Russia: A Struggle for Sustainable Development & Cultural Diversity

March 7, 2019

K arelian, Uilta, Mordva, Sami, Nenets, Aleut, Mari, and Evenk . These are only a few of tens of indigenous peoples living in Russia. Each maintains resilient lifeways in the face of challenges imposed by national government and global economics. Yet the struggles of indigenous peoples in Russia remain largely...

Steve Moore

Implementing the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

March 1, 2019

Indigenous London

Coll Thrush Presents, Indigenous London: Native Travelers at the Heart of the Empire.

March 1, 2019

Professor Coll Thrush is a Graduate of Fairhaven College at Western Washington Univeristy and the University of Washington, Coll Thrush is professor of history at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver in unceded Coast Salish territories, and associate faculty at UCB's Institute for Crtiical Indigenous Studies. He is also...

Tanaya Winder

Remember Her: We Are Still Singing

Feb. 20, 2019

Pojoaque Scott Ortman

From Collaboration to Partnerships with the Pueblo of Pojoaque

Feb. 20, 2019

Since 2014, CU and the Pueblo of Pojoaque have been partnering to expand knowledge of ancestral archaeological sites on and adjacent to Pojoaque tribal land. In this talk, I explain why the concept of partnership better-captures the approach we are taking than the related concepts of indigenous and collaborative archaeology...