American Indian Studies
American Indian Studies (AIS) is an interdisciplinary academic department offering coursework committed to broadening knowledge of the worldview, histories, languages, literatures, cultures, arts and contemporary experiences of American Indian nations and peoples. As American Indian nations maintain a distinct political relationship with the federal government rooted in historical treaties, congressional laws, and executive orders, AIS promotes an awareness for and understanding of tribal sovereignty and self-determination. AIS strives to protect the integrity and identity of the indigenous population of North America and to create an intellectual learning environment conducive to critical and creative thought.
A bachelors of arts degree in American Indian studies is designed to give students a broad background while allowing concentrated study in an area(s) of interest. The core of the program includes study in Ojibwe language, historical and contemporary foundations, politics and law, art and literature, and societies and cultures. Majors and minors develop skills in analytical and critical thinking as well as verbal and written communication. They acquire knowledge of historical and contemporary American Indian experiences, cultures, and (inter)governmental affairs. Additionally, students may focus their area of study in Ojibwe language.
AIS Faculty pictured from left to right: Jill Doerfler, Edward Minnema, Linda Grover,
Erik Redix, Tadd Johnson, Joseph Bauerkemper
Pictured from left to right: Prof. Jill Doerfler (UMD), Dr. Robert "Sonny" Peacock (Fond du Lac), Federal Magistrate Judge Leo Brisbois, Prof. Colette Routel (William Mitchell College of Law), Prof. Tadd Johnson (UMD), UMD Chancellor Lendley Black
Land, Law and Education: An American Indian Perspective on Land-Grant Universities, October 16, 2012