Recent News

Tutoring is available at a new writing studio that opens for appointments on October 19. The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions with students of AES, AIS, GEOG, and GWSS on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming through final product.  Tutors can talk with students about drafts, formal and informal writing, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing. The studio is located in Smith Hall 113B. To sign up for an... Read more
In Viewpoint Magazine, UW's diversity publication, AIS Chair Chris Teuton shares the department's plans for a new academic approach: "At the UW our courses foreground Native knowledge and Native perspectives on their own histories, cultures, arts, homelands, and forms of governance." The issue is available for online viewing.              
"Raven's Journey" by Marvin Oliver
Marvin Oliver’s “Raven’s Journey,” carved from red cedar and depicting a raven, salmon, and wolf, was installed inside the University of Washington HUB. Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo) has been teaching in American Indian Studies since 1974 and also serves as an Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum. Professor Oliver is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers with a career spanning over 40 years. His monumental... Read more
My Body Is a Book of Rules
The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. These prizes are awarded for books published in 2014 by Washington state authors. My Body Is a Book of Rules, the debut memoir from American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta, is a finalist in the biography/memoir category. The full list of finalists can be viewed... Read more
Stephanie Riedl
UW American Indian Studies senior Stephanie Riedl has received a 2015 Bonderman Travel Fellowship. Each year, the fellowship offers 14 UW graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. Bonderman Fellowships allow students to undertake independent international travel, and they may not participate in any program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university,... Read more
Grand Opening & Housewarming, March 12, 2015
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House opened its doors on March 12. The two days of opening ceremonies represented the culmination of more than forty years of dreams and hard work to create this important learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty, staff, and others of various cultures and communities on the University of Washington's Seattle campus.  “This is going to be a... Read more
Elissa Washuta reading from My Body Is a Book of Rules
American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta read from her memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, during an event sponsored by ASUW Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists. The reading was covered in an article in The Daily in which AIS major Jacqueline Hayes said, "“[The book] opened a lot of room for healing and for dealing with trauma.”
AIS majors Stephanie Riedl and Damon Cunningham with AIS gear
Now available for sale, we have items with our beautiful AIS logo, designed by Professor Marvin Oliver:  Water bottles: $10 Ceramic mugs: $7 Bags: $10 Hooded sweatshirts: $30 Zip-up sweatshirts: $40 Prices do not include tax. Payment is accepted by cash or check. Please contact Elissa Washuta if you are interested in making a purchase. We will happily ship items to anyone who is interested, or arrange for in-office pickup. Please contact us... Read more
Elizabeth Fleagle, right, leads a beading workshop as one of UW’s Elders in residence. Photo by Jordan Lewis
  In January,the Indigenous Wellness Research Institute, part of the UW's School of Social Work, launched a pilot program to bring Elders from Native American and Alaska Native tribes from Washington and Alaska to campus. The program is co-sponsored by the Department of American Indian Studies. Read more about the program at UW Today, and for more... Read more
Chris Teuton
In 2014, American Indian Studies welcomed two faculty members to the department. Chris Teuton, a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, joined UW as a professor and chair of the Department of American Indian Studies. Prior to coming to Seattle, he taught Indigenous textual and cultural studies and Indigenous literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, the University of Denver and Appalachian State University. Teuton’s... Read more