American Indian Studies

Native - Related Courses at Northwestern University
Other Information about American Indian Issues

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This website provides a central source for information about courses

at Northwestern University related to American Indian issues

as well as information about local organizations, museums, and events.

Please also see the Office of the Provost website on Native American Inclusion
and the One Book One Northwestern site for 2015-2016
featuring The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King

Event Archive

November is Native American Heritage Month

Chicago Event calendar - at Chicago T7Kids

American Indian Center of Chicago on Facebook -see especially "upcoming events"

One Book One Northwestern - events throughout the year


Events on Northwestern's Evanston Campus


Indigenous Peoples of Chicago Day

Led by Eli Suzukovich (Little Shell Chippewa/Cree)

Sunday, November 15

co-sponsored by NU in Chicago, One Book One Northwestern,

and the Center for Civic Engagement.

Free for Northwestern students - transportation, a late lunch, and admission fees are included.

Space is limited. Register now at to reserve your spot!


Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

Saturday, November 21

Sponsored by Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)

and Multicultural Student Affairs

Begins at the Alumni Center, 1800 Sheridan Rd. 

See details here


Panel on Historical Trauma

January 7, 2016, 3:00 pm

Discussant: Lindsay Chase Lansdale (Northwestern University)


Ramona Beltrán (University of Denver)

Megan Bang, Karina Walters (University of Washington)

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart (University of New Mexico)

Technological Institute (Tech) room LR3


January 8 - Keynote Address, 3:00 pm

Karina Walters (Indigenous Wellness Center, University of Washington)

Technological Institute (Tech) room LR3

Sponosored by WCAS


Coll Thrush

Department of History, University of British Columbia

"Indigenous London: Native Travellers at the Heart of Empire”

February 16, 2016

5:30 PM reception, 6:00 pm talk

Newberry Library

Sponsored by the Department of English


Andrew Johnson

American Indian Center of Chicago

“Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong”

Tuesday, February 23, 2:00 pm

Location TBA

Sponsored by the Department of English


Robin Kimmerer

SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York

Founding Director of the Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

"The Honorable Harvest: Indigenous Knowledge for Biodiversity Conservation"

Friday, February 26, 2016, 4:00 pm

Technological Institute (Tech) room L211


Creating Nations: Past, Present, and Future

Symposium on contemporary Native American arts and culture

in relation to historical trauma, sovereignty, and nation building
Friday, April 1, 2016
The Block Museum


Beth Piatote

University of California, Berkeley

“Legal Landscapes and Contracting Worlds in James Welch's Fools Crow”

April 19, 5:00 PM

University Hall 201

Sponsored by the Department of English


Tiffany King

Georgia State University
Thursday, May 5, 2016 5-6:30 pm
Location TBD

sponsored by CINAS









NU Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance

For Native and other interested students

(formed in 2011-2012)

Faculty advisor: Doug Medin

For more information contact

Wilson Smith (NAISA President) at


Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies

The Graduate School
Contact: Bethany Hughes and Scott Leydon.


(News Archive)

Maple Tapping, 2015

NorthbyNorthwestern (Kristin Mathuny)


Piecing Together: The American Indian Center of Chicago

and Northwestern's New Maple Tree Tapping Partnership

(Angela Little) 

Vocalo Storytellers' Workshop in Chicago


One Book One Northwestern Announces book for 2015-16

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King



Sand Creek Massacre

Learn about Northwestern's research on the Sand Creek Massacre by the

John Evans Study Committee

and about next steps by the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force

Read the Outreach and Inclusion Task Force report issued November 17, 2014, HERE

Provost's Office status report, February 11, 2015 HERE


Find out about community events and the American Indian community in Chicago by

visiting the American Indian Center website or Facebook.

Visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston.

See the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for Indigenous Studies webpage
to view their program offerings and to explore their extensive American Indian and Indigenous Studies collection.


Be sure to check Related Courses before registering for next quarter
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