About Us

The core objectives of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC) are to:

  • facilitate and disseminate research about indigenous peoples;
  • strengthen graduate and undergraduate education;
  • seek extramural funds to support student and faculty research; and
  • carry out university and public service programs related to the Center's mission.

To accomplish these aims, the AISC maintains a reference library; publishes books as well as the American Indian Culture and Research Journal; organizes symposia, conferences, film screenings, and other events; supports academic programs in American Indian Studies and administers postdoctoral and predoctoral fellowships and research awards through the Institute of American Cultures.

Local, National, and International Focus

The Center serves as a focal point for scholars, staff, students, and community members. Our research focus is broad and encompasses topics ranging from the contemporary urban Indian experience to issues unique to reservation communities. We seek to balance a local, national, and international focus, with special attention given to California Indian nations. Foundational to our mission is a commitment to facilitating indigenous peoples' distinct social, cultural, economical, political, and legal needs by virtue of their status as native nations. Read More →

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