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AIS Celebrates 50 Years

Join us as we celebrate with special events, speakers, and a look back at our history of creating a space for indigenous studies at the University of Washington.

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Find Your Community

AIS students, both native and non-native, enjoy close relationships with faculty mentors, small class sizes, and active student groups.

Our Programs
Glass Face, sculpture by Marvin Oliver

Alumni Excellence

AIS graduates pursue careers in public affairs, education, law, filmmaking, the sciences, and more. Many of our Indigenous alumnae are presently leaders in Native communities.

Alumni News
Intellectual House opening ceremony

Connecting in the Present

Our many American Indian, Alaska Native and First Nations communities find time to come together for Raven’s Feast, the Living Breath Indigenous Foods Symposium, and numerous First Nations events.

Community Events
Marvin Oliver in front of his installation Mystical Journey

Honoring the Legacy of an Artist & Teacher

As a tribute to Marvin Oliver's life and legacy, we invite you to consider making a gift to a cause that was important to him: support of undergraduate students in the Department of American Indian Studies.

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Local & Global Collaborations

Our department connects students and scholars across three UW campuses, dozens of academic disciplines, international research centers, and the Burke Museum to honor and create Indigenous Knowledge.

Our Partnerships

Welcome to AIS

Our department is the hub for Indigenous Studies in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. Our faculty bring deep knowledge from our communities, cultures, histories, science, art, and more to their teaching and research. Our academic programs prepare students for meaningful careers that apply American Indian and Indigenous perspectives to global challenges.

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