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Space is still available in AIS 350: TWO-DIMENSIONAL ART OF THE NORTHWEST COAST INDIANS. Department: American Indian Studies Instructor: Marvin Oliver SLN: 10174 VLPA MT 3:30 - 5:20 pm Studio course emphasizes principles of structure and style of two-dimensional art which can be found on many old, traditional Northwest Coast pieces,... Read more
Space is still available in AIS 431: HISTORY OF AMERICAN INDIAN EDUCATION. Department: American Indian Studies Instructor: Michael Tulee SLN: 10175 I&S TuTh 8:30 - 10:20 am This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive view of Indian Education based on an indigenous perspective. This course will introduce students to Native American education on a national level and in... Read more
Space is still available in AIS 230: INDIAN GAMING AND CASINOS. Department: American Indian Studies Instructor: Mary Wright SLN: 10169 I&S MW 12:30 - 2:20 pm Gaming--casinos and bingo--as a Tribal sovereignty practice is the class focus. Pre-contact and historic gambling among the Indigenous peoples of North America begin the class. The Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (1988), court cases and... Read more
Space is still available in AIS 203: Philosophical and Aesthetic Universes. Department: American Indian Studies Instructor: Carol Warrior SLN: 22028 I&S MW 11:30- 1:20 pm This course satisfies one of the introductory course requirements for the American Indian Studies major and minor. Through readings, discussions, lectures, and group work, we’ll consider Indigenous North American... Read more
Space is still available in AIS 475 C: Zombies and Indians. Department: American Indian Studies Instructor: Chad Uran SLN: 10178 I&S MW 330 - 520 pm   While zombies have existed at some level of reality for centuries, it was not until the 20th Century that zombies overran the global popular imagination. Because of their origins at the many points of collision between colonizer and colonized... Read more
The Department of American Indian Studies seeks class proposals for Winter 2012 through Spring 2013. A list of AIS classes is available at:   We are especially interested in receiving proposals to teach the following classes: AIS 110: Musical Traditions of Native North America AIS 201: Introduction to American Indian Histories AIS 203:... Read more
Check out this New York Times article and accompanying slide show about this year's Tribal Journeys!
Shanoa Pinkham
Congratulations to American Indian Studies major Shanoa Pinkham, who has been crowned Miss Yakama Nation! Shanoa has served the University of Washington community as Director of the American Indian Student Commission with the Associated Students of the University of Washington (ASUW).
Dance with Wolves movie poster
American Indian Studies is offering a special appearance of our popular AIS 360: Indians in Cinema, taught by Carol Warrior, this summer! This is a b-term course, offered MTuWTh 10:50 - 1:00, and, as always, it is VLPA/I&S. This course focuses on the representation of American Indians in American cinema as central to the formation of the national identity narrative. The “American Indian” is an invented identity: the deployment of “The Indian” says more about the inventors... Read more
Dian Million
Professor Dian Million's article, “Felt Theory: An Indigenous Feminist Approach to Affect and History,” Wicazo Sa (2009): 53-76, is on the finalist list for Most Though-Provoking Article in Native American and Indigenous Studies Prize for 2009. The 2011 membership of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) will vote on the slate of finalists and the... Read more