Recent News

Certificate Graduates group photo 2017
Next summer, AIS will offer a 10-credit certificate in Tribal Gaming and Hospitality Management for the third year running. A joint effort of the Foster School of Business and the UW Department of American Indian Studies, the program offers classes in marketing, management, and accounting, both at the Seattle campus and at partnering tribal casinos and resorts. Read more at ... Read more
Stephanie Fryberg
Our own Professor Stephanie Fryberg's research was featured in an NPR series on Experiencing Discrimination in America. Read about her findings that Native Americans experience more discrimination in areas where they are a majority. ... Read more
Still image of movie screening of " Because of Who I Am", one of the films presented by Marcella Ernest
Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Indigenous Feminisms speaker series last month. The Daily, UW's student paper, wrote a great article about the event. Read it here:
A statue of Christopher Columbus defaced in New York City's Central Park
Dr. Stephanie Fryberg, associate professor of American Indian Studies, and Dr. Christopher Teuton, professor and chair of the American Indian Studies department were both interviewed for a recent article published on the History Channel's website. The story, "Should America Take Down Monuments That Romanticize Conquistadors?" discusses the controversy over public statues... Read more
Join the Department of American Indian Studies in welcoming our new adviser, Kai Wise!  Kai is an experienced UW adviser who comes to us from UW Bothell's School of Business and she is starting with us this month.  We invite all of our AIS majors to come and meet Kai in the office, C-514 Padelford, Mondays through Thursdays from 12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
Tribal gaming cohort 2016
The Department of American Indian Studies, in conjunction with the Foster School of Business, will offer a summer certificate program in Tribal Gaming and Hospitality Management. This 10-credit program spans the full summer term (June 19 to August 18) and is open to current UW students, visiting students, and the general public. In this program, we’ll explore the essentials of business and how they can be applied to the tribal gaming and hospitality management field. You’ll learn the key... Read more
February 11, 2017 Dear American Indian Studies Majors and Minors, Because we support and cherish our students, and in light of recent reports of on-campus harassment, vandalism, and violence, we want to assure you that we stand with you and support you. We are here to speak with you if you feel the need to reach out to us. As University of Washington faculty and staff, we will continue with our teaching and scholarship, and our commitment to serving students. We respect and value all students... Read more
November 18, 2016 The American Indian Studies Department is the home of American Indian and Indigenous knowledge at the University of Washington and we acknowledge that we are on Indigenous land. We are a community of faculty, students, staff, and local partners engaged in the interdisciplinary study of Indigenous peoples with the collective goal of fostering Indigenous wellness, political sovereignty, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding. Our research... Read more
The Sea Is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs
Joshua L. Reid's book The Sea is My Country: The Maritime World of the Makahs has been awarded three major prizes: the John C. Ewers Award for the Best Book in North American (including Mexico) Indian ethnohistory, the Sally and... Read more
Fernandes, Bordley, LaPointe
The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington announces a new event series. Sacred Breath features Indigenous writers and storytellers at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ - Intellectual House on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Storytelling offers a spiritual connection, a sharing of sacred breath. Literature, similarly, preserves human experience and ideals. Both forms are durable and transmit power that teaches us how to live. Both storytelling and reading... Read more