American Indian & Indigenous Studies (AIIS) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison focuses on the history, culture, languages, and experiences of Indigenous peoples in the United States. Established in 1972, AIIS connects American Indian and Indigenous students, Tribal communities, and the University. American Indian & Indigenous Studies offers academic and institutional support to Native students while they study at UW–Madison by giving students opportunities to develop close relationships with scholars in their major field through classwork, community outreach, and social activities. American Indian & Indigenous Studies sponsors an annual Evening of Storytelling event, academic conferences, and mentoring opportunities. Our faculty are among the top in their field and have received numerous awards, publications, and grants to their credit. Our students have gone on to work as tribal judges, attorneys, teachers, and social workers in Wisconsin and beyond.
You can learn more about the history of American Indian & Indigenous Studies at UW-Madison through the American Indian Studies at Fifty: Looking Back & Moving Forward oral history project website.