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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.

 

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