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.


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2019 CU Native Graduation

Feb. 12, 2019

Join us as we honor our CU Native American and Indigenous student graduates with a special ceremony and meal. RSVP is required for attendance.

Jerry Jacka

Resource Conflicts and Dark and Good Times in a New Guinea Mining Area

Oct. 22, 2018

Join us for the November CNAIS Brown Bag event with Dr. Jerry Jacka, who will present his work on mining and Indigenous rights in Papua New Guinea.

Brent Learned

A Cheyenne and Arapaho Artist's Journey with Brent Learned

Oct. 12, 2018

Join CNAIS for a presentation on Brent Learned's latest exhibitions featuring the artist himself!

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Internet Access in Indian Country

Oct. 12, 2018

Don't miss Edyael Del Carmen Casaperalta, who will present her work on internet access in Native America!

Indigenize Your Eyes

Indigenize Your Eyes

Oct. 5, 2018

Indigenize Your Eyes empowers American Indian students to tell their own story through photography. This event features student portfolios created during our workshop and throughout the summer, expressing their experiences of what it means to be a teen and American Indian in Boulder, CO.

Gina Adams Honor is Hereby Pledged

Honor is Hereby Pledged

Oct. 1, 2018

Come learn about the cross-media, hybrid studio work of Indigenous artist Gina Adams!

Megit Lujan Bevacqua

The Banality of American Empire: The Curious Case of Guam, USA

Sept. 13, 2018

Join Dr. Michael Lujan Bevacqua for this CNAIS Brown Bags Series event.

Native Welcome 2017

2018 Native Student Welcome

Aug. 20, 2018

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

Eugene Joe

Navajo Sand Art Painting with Eugene Joe

April 17, 2018

Eugene Joe is a Diné sand art painter from Shiprock, New Mexico. Eugene comes from a family of sand painters and has spent 50 years as an artist. His work reflects his Diné culture and includes portraits, landscapes, nature and traditional lifestyles. This event is co-sponsored with the Department of...

Bundles of Indian Tea

Ethnobotany, Land and the Environment through Navajo botanist Arnold Clifford

April 17, 2018

Arnold Clifford (Diné) is a Native scholar, field botanist, ethnobotanist, and geologist. From Beclahbito, New Mexico and the Carrizo Mountain Range, Clifford integrates his cultural teachings with his work. An associate editor for the Bolack San Juan Basin Flora Project, Clifford’s expertise is in flora of Navajo Nation and the...