The mission of the American Indian Studies Department is to educate, inspire, and prepare undergraduate students for engaged careers and/or graduate school and to be an educational hub and site for community participation and learning focused on the Native Peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.



Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair


News and Announcements


Eddie Madril and Roger Kuhn

The Continuous Thread

October 4 - December 14, 2019

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From Boarding Schools to Suspension Boards

From Boarding Schools to Suspension Boards: Suspensions and Expulsions of Native American Students in California Public Schools is a report resulting from a collaboration by researchers from the Sacramento Native American Higher Education Collaborative (SNAHEC) and the Community College Equity Assessment Lab (CCEAL) at San Diego State University (SDSU): “It is deeply unjust for schools to be complicit in the continued oppression of our youth, and I hope this report starts conversations between Native educators and school systems to address these disparities.” (September 2019)


Dean's Honor List, Spring 2019

Congratulations to AIS majors Benjamin Carver and Cathleen Manual for making the Dean's Honor List for Spring 2019. (September 2019)


The AIS Lecturer Pool

The department keeps an active pool of applications for temporary faculty or lecturer positions in courses within the major and minor program and its electives. All applications for the 2019-2020 academic year remain in effect until Summer 2020. Click here to access the official call. (2019-2020)


The Ka Haka Maori and Indigenous Performance Studies Symposium

AIS is co-sponsoring the Ka Haka Maori and Indigenous Performance Studies Symposium, November 14 - 16, 2019. (November 2019)



Joanne Barker's digital art is being featured in an exhibit entitled "Resilience" at the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Brown University. (September 2019)


Faculty Contact Information

Please see the Faculty Directory for a list of 2019-2020 office locations, phone extensions, and faculty/staff email. (Fall 2019)


Upcoming Red Tawks


Save the Date Flyer (pdf)

Red Tawks Flyer (pdf)


Missing and Murdered: Violence Against Indigenous Women and Children in California

PDF flyer

Tuesday, October 22, 2:00-4:00 PM, Ethnic Studies Building EP 116


Sovereign Shields: Law Enforcement and State Violence in Indian Country

Tuesday, November 12, 1:00-3:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building 116


Alcatraz Reflections

Wednesday, November 13, 1:00-2:00 pm · Knuth Hall Creative Arts Building

From Alcatraz to Mauna Kea: The 50th from the Future of Us

Wednesday, November 13, 2:00-5:00 pm · Ethnic Studies Building 116