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.


Salma Monani

Indigenous Ecocinema: Decolonizing Media Landscapes

April 10, 2018

Join us with a special talk by CNAIS Visiting Scholar Dr. Salma Monani, who will explore the material and decolonial dimensions of Indigenous cinema.

Guahan Delegates

Pacific Communication Circuits: Navigating Indigenous Issues in Oceania

March 27, 2018

Join us for this lunchtime research talk by Tiara Na'puti, Assistant Professor in the Depaartment on Communication. Professor Na'puti is a member of the Chamoru (Chamorro) diaspora from Guahan (Guam). She has testified at the United Nations Special Political and Decolonization Committee (4th Commitee) on the Political status of Guahan...


Kini Akua: The Multitudes of Gods

March 5, 2018

Joshua Lanakila Mangauil is a Native Hawaiian cultural practicioner, Mauna Kea Kia'i (Protector), and Founding Director of the Hawaiian Cultural Center of Hāmākua. Please join us for his presentation on March 15th, 2018 in Humanities 150 and 5:00pm. This event is generously co-sponsored by the American Indian Law Program


Indigenous Ecocinema: Cross Disciplinary Conversations

March 1, 2018

CNAIS Visiting Scholar and Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at Gettysburg College, Salma Monani will present on her research at CNAIS. Join us for a lunchtime research talk at the CNAIS cottage on Friday, March 16th from 12-1pm.

Michael McNally at Standing Rock

The Collective Rights of Native American Religious Freedom

Feb. 20, 2018

Native American communities qua communities have sought protections for sacred lands, practices, objects, and ancestral remains under the legal regime of religious freedom without marked success. While many have understood this as a failure of judicial understanding of the distinctive features of indigenous religions, I contend courts have failed to...

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2018 CU Native Graduation

Feb. 15, 2018

2018 CU Native Graduation! We will be honoring our CU Native American and Indigenous student graduates (Undergraduates, Graduates, & J.D's), with a special ceremony and meal. RSVP is required for attendance. See information below. Contact us for any questions: Date: Saturday, May 12, 2018 When: 11:00 a.m. to 2:00...

Mauna Kea Ahu

Merely Political or Meaningfully Religious? Indigenous Protest Rituals and their Legal Afterlives

Feb. 3, 2018

Standing near the summit of Mauna Kea, two stone ahu (altars) are sites of contemporary Native Hawaiian religious vitality. The State of Hawai`i , however has a problem with the ahu. Specifically, they sit on the proposed site of a $1.4 billion dollar telescope project and were ritually constructed in...

2017 NAIS Graduate Showcase

3rd Annual Graduate Student Research Showcase

Dec. 5, 2017

Join us for presentations from graduate students of the Indigenous Thought and Theory course. Food and Beverages will be provided.

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2017 Native Welcome

Aug. 20, 2017

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

Claudia Salomon Tarquini

Fullbright Scholar, Claudia Salomon Tarquini visits CU Boulder

March 15, 2017

Working with various universities across the U.S., Claudia Salomon Tarquini comes to the University of Colorado-Boulder to present her current research in Indigenous Studies. The Fullbright Scholar's informal discussion will be hosted by the Center for Native America n and Indigneous Studies (CNAIS) in cottage, 1330 Grandview Ave., Boulder, CO...