Recent News

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
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
Journal issue cover
The most recent issue of American Indian Culture and Research Journal was guest edited by Luana Ross, Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies and Co-Director of Native Voices. The issue, "Settler Colonialism and the Legislating of Criminality," includes the following articles:  Articles The Violent Legacies of the California... Read more
Charlotte Coté
Charlotte Coté, Associate Professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, was recently featured at The Whole U, where she tallked about the journey to build wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ on campus. Read more here.
Dr. Kathryn Bunn-Marcuse will join the curatorial team at the Burke Museum, beginning her new curator position in September 2016. She will also teach courses as an Assistant Professor in the School of Art + Art History + Design. Dr. Bunn-Marcuse is currently the Associate Director of the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the Burke Museum, and she teaches courses in Art History, American Indian Studies, and Canadian Studies.  Read more at the Burke Museum's... Read more
Jennifer Smith and Dustin Abrahamson were honored this month as Dean's Medalists. Smith, majoring in History and CHID with a minor in AIS, received the Dean's Medal in the Humanities, while Abrahamson, majoring in History and American Ethnic Studies with a minor in AIS, received the Dean's Medal in the Social Sciences. In an interview with A&S Perspectives, Smith spoke about her research: "I am particularly... Read more