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American Indian & Native Studies

The American Indian & Native Studies Program (AINSP) offers courses and organizes events to promote better understanding of the dynamic histories, cultures, literatures, and politics of Native North Americans and other indigenous peoples of the Americas, from past to present and within a global context.

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Artwork at top by Mary Young Bear, Meskwaki Historical Preservation Department

  • Meskwaki beadwork example - Photo by Eric Zimmer Meskwaki beadwork example - Photo by Eric Zimmer
  • Bison at Meskwaki Settlement - Photo by Eric Zimmer Bison at Meskwaki Settlement - Photo by Eric Zimmer
  • Wickiup at Meskwaki Settlement - Photo by Eric Zimmer Wickiup at Meskwaki Settlement - Photo by Eric Zimmer

Spotlight

  • We, the affiliated faculty of the University of Iowa’s American Indian and Native Studies Program, write in support of the Standing Rock community’s protest against the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. As teachers and scholars of Native American history, we are all too familiar with our country’s long history of non-Native corporations and governmental entities trampling on treaty rights and unjustly exposing indigenous communities to environmental toxins. This represents yet another chapter in that history.

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  • Phillip Round

    Professor

    Phillip Round is Professor of English and American Indian and Native Studies. He is the author of three books on American literature,By Nature and By Custom Cursed: Transatlantic Civil Discourse and New England...