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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Charlotte Roderique speaking at CAW Modern Indian Identity Series

Feb. 21, 2017

The Center of the American West (CAW) will be featuring Former Burns Paiute Chairwoman, Charlotte Roderique in January as part of their Modern Indian Identity Series . A year ago, Former Chairwoman Roderique came to national attention during the armed takeover, led by Ammon and Ryan Bundy, of the Malheur...

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2017 CU Native Graduation

Feb. 20, 2017

2017 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, April 29, 2017 When: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00...

Indigenous Storytelling and the Law flyer - art by Melanie Yazzie

Indigenous Storytelling and the Law

Feb. 15, 2017

Indigenous Storytelling and Law Symposium March 17 & 18, 2017 Presented by the Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies This interdisciplinary symposium will explore ways Indigenous narratives are spoken, heard, and acted upon in legal settings. · What does it mean for law to solicit Native testimony? · Who...

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Film Screening of Shásh Jaá - "Bear Ears"

Feb. 13, 2017

Join CNAIS and the Department of Ethnic Studies for a special film screening and talk with the director Angelo Baca about the new documentary Shásh Jaá - "Bear Ears".

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CNAIS February Faculty Brown Bag with Andy Cowell

Feb. 8, 2017

Come chat with Linguistics Chair and CNAIS faculty Dr. Andy Cowell for our February Faculty Brown Bag! Date: Wed. Feb. 8 Time: 12pm - 1pm Where: CNAIS - 1330 Grandview Ave. Hear about his research and on-going work in Indigenous Languages: I'm a specialist in Linguistic Anthropology. I obtained my...

Indigenous Media, Art, Photography, & Activism

2017 CNAIS Indigenous Media, Art, Photography & Activism Series

Jan. 28, 2017

The Center for Native American & Indigenous Studies is pleased to present The 2017 Indigenous Media, Art, Photography & Activism Series : Missy Whiteman (Northern Arapaho & Kickapoo Nations) Wednesday, April 12th from 1-3 pm in ATLAS 102 Joseph Erb (Cherokee) Friday, April 21st from 2-4pm in the Flatirons Room...

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Charles Wilkinson featured in Athearn Lecture Series

Jan. 26, 2017

CU Law and CNAIS Core faculty, Charles Wilkinson will be delivering the Department of History's annual Athearn Lecture this year. " Writing a Tribal History: My Long and Rewarding Journey with the Siletz Tribe of Western Oregon ." DATE : Thurs. Jan. 26, 2017 TIME : 5 PM - a...

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Tribal Land Conservation

Jan. 14, 2017

Come meet CNAIS faculty Dr. Clint Carroll in the Department of Ethnic Studies, who will discuss his recent work on tribal land conservation.

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2016 NAIS Graduate Student Research Showcase

Dec. 6, 2016

Please join us for the 2nd annual NAIS Graduate Student Research Showcase: "You Have to Leave Room in Life to Dream" Date : Tues. December 6 Time : 3:30 -6:00 pm Where : The Flatirons Room - C4C, 3rd Floor Reception to follow presentations Presenters: Renata Ryan Burchfield - "Going...

Melanie Yazzie at Home BMoCA show

Contemporary Indigenous Artists Responding - Print Exhibition

Nov. 17, 2016

Home: Contemporary Indigenous Artists Responding BMoCA curator Mardee Goff introduces Melanie Yazzie at show reception. Don't miss Boulder's Museum of Contemporary Art is featuring this two week exhibtion of contemporary Native American & Indigenous prints organized by Navajo artist and CNAIS Core faculty, Melanie Yazzie . Yazzie invited eleven other...