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

Dear Students,

I know we are all in a very unusual and difficult situation with the coronavirus and Covid 19 that has brought each of us a certain degree of anxiety and uncertainty. The Governor's orders to 'shelter in place' and the country's economic crises have resulted in all kinds of unique stresses on our sense of well being and security. I know many of you are struggling with basic needs as well as your health and the health of your families and friends.

I also know that we do not stand alone. As Chickasaw novelist Linda Hogan writes in Dwellings: A Spiritual History of the Living World,


Walking. I am listening to a deeper way. Suddenly all my ancestors are behind me. Be still, they say. Watch and listen. You are the result of the love of thousands.


While the campus has transitioned to remote or online teaching and staff have been directed to work from home in respect of state orders, department faculty and staff remain committed to providing you with the support you need to achieve your educational goals.

The best way to contact us at this time is by email. You may also leave a voicemail message. We will do our best to return your inquiry during normal business hours within two days.


Be well,

Joanne Barker

Professor and Chair, American Indian Studies


Faculty and Staff Directory: Click here.


Please note that the Red Tawks, ReLab, and Tipi Confessions

have been rescheduled to the Fall semester.

Details forthcoming.


American Indian Studies

Graduating Class of 2020



Benjamin Carver, AIS BA with a minor in Cinema, Cum Laude Honors

Cathleen Manuel, double BA in AIS and Creating Writing

Vincent Valencia, AIS BA



Larry Dorsey, AIS Minor, Creative Writing BA

Teresa Hannigan, AIS Minor, Art BA

Jennifer Irving, AIS Minor, Psychology BA, Cum Laude Honors

Jordan Kiva McGahan, AIS Minor, Hospitality & Tourism Management BS, Business Administration Minor

Riley Schaner, AIS Minor, Psychology BA, Special Education Minor, Cum Laude Honors