What is AIS?
- 1970 Convocation definition: Indigenousness and Sovereignty. “The mentality that would pervade the discipline would center on two concepts: Indigenousness (culture, place, and philosophy) and Sovereignty (history and law).”
Source: Cook-Lynn, Elizabeth. “Who Stole Native American Indian Studies” in Nicazo Sa Review (spring 1997), p. 11.
- Condensed definition: American Indian Studies is the study of Self-Determination AND Tribal Nation (re)Building.