About Indigenous Studies at KU

Welcome to the Indigenous Studies program at the University of Kansas. We accept applications to the M.A. program and graduate certificate on a rolling basis. Visit the admission page for more information.

The Indigenous Studies Master’s degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge of Indigenous peoples’ complex and diverse cultures and histories, as well as their impacts on the global society.  Our multi-disciplinary program offers students the advantage of studying relevant issues from a wide range of academic perspectives. The expertise of our affiliate faculty members includes Native American history, including medical and legal aspects; indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; indigenous geographies and cartographic history; Native American religions; and much more.

Our Master’s program allows students to develop an area of specialization in which to build their expertise.  Students can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option to complete their degrees.  We also offer a joint degree with the Law School.  Students may graduate with both the J.D. and an M.A. in Indigenous Studies in three to four years, making it an ideal choice for students interested in tribal law.  With rolling admissions, our program offers the flexibility to apply at your convenience and to begin your studies either in the Fall or the Spring semester.

Empowered by the resources on campus and in our community, we strive to provide unique learning opportunities for our students that go beyond the classroom.  Please explore our website to learn more about what we have to offer, and feel free to contact us with questions.

REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 19th Annual Tribal Law & Government Conference: The Future of Indian Education Friday, March 13, 2015 | 9 am – 4 pm Burge Union | University of Kansas 1601 Irving Hill Road | Lawrence, KS Please join us for the 19th annual Tribal Law & Government Conference, “The Future of Indian Education.” The conference will discuss the status quo of Indian education and how it might change in the future based on President Obama’s recent commitment to reform. Registration details below. 8:30 – 9:00 Registration & Continental Breakfast 9:00 – 9:15 Welcome Remarks Dean Stephen Mazza, University of Kansas School of Law Professor Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Director, KU Tribal Law & Government Center 9:15 – 10:05 Keynote Speaker | Surveying Indian Education and Legal Reform Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior 10:05 – 10:15 Break 10:15 – 11:45 PANEL | History of Indian Education and the Status Quo President Venida Chenault, Haskell Indian Nations University Mandy Smoker Broaddus, Director of Indian Education, Montana Office of Public Instruction Connor Warner, Instructor for Urban Teacher Education, University of Missouri-Kansas City 12:00 – 1:00 Lunch, Relays Room, Burge Union 1:15 – 2:45 (1.5 CLE credits) PANEL | Legal Reform of Indian Education Dawn Baum, Senior Attorney & Indian Education Team Leader, U.S. Department of Interior, Office of the Solicitor, Bureau of Indian Education Jill Eichner, Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office of General Counsel Melody McCoy, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund William Mendoza, Executive Director, White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education 2:45 – 3:00 Break 3:00 – 3:55 (1.0 CLE credits) ETHICS | Ethical Considerations for Tribal Lawyers and Judges Elizabeth Kronk Warner, Associate Professor, University of Kansas School of Law; Director, KU Tribal Law & Government Center; Affiliated Professor, Indigenous Studies 3:55 – 4:00 Closing Remarks Elizabeth Kronk Warner CLE CREDIT 2.5 hours of CLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics, is approved for Kansas and Missouri ($25). RSVP Register online at law.ku.edu/indian-education QUESTIONS Elizabeth Kronk Warner | elizabeth.kronk@ku.edu Contact the Outreach Director | Give to KU Law | Report Your News The University of Kansas School of Law, 1535 W. 15th Street, Lawrence, KS 66045
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Tribal Law & Government Center Read the Center newsletter Effectively representing Indian nations and tribes requires an understanding of the laws, history and policies that affect them. The complexity of "Indian law," and the lack of specific programs designed to educate graduates about the unique…

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19th Annual Tribal Law & Government conference: The Future of Indian Education
Friday, March 13, 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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1601 Irving Hill Road, Lawrence, KS
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