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 Indigenous peoples of the Americas and the Pacific.



Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair


News and Announcements


AIS has several courses in Spring 2020 that we are seeking lecturers to offer. For more information: AIS Call for Lecturers.

Congratulations to AIS major Cathleen Manuel for being awarded an internship with the Golden Gate National Parks and Service Conservancy at Fort Mason, Special Uses and Services Division.

Congratulations to the Johnet Scholarship Recipients for 2019-2020.

  • Michelle Banko (Hoopa Valley), B.S., Nursing
  • Olivia Chapin (Cherokee/Mohican), B.S., Nursing

Winter 2020

Registration begins November 4, 2019.

Session: January 2 - 22, 2020.

AIS 150: American Indian History in the United States (Robert Collins): Fully online

NEW COURSE: AIS 250: American Indian Populations and Colonial Diseases (Robert Collins): Fully online

Eddie Madril and Roger Kuhn

The Continuous Thread

October 4 - December 14, 2019

For more information: sfartscommission.org

Stay tuned for information about the Spring Red Tawks schedule.