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. We also offer an undergraduate minor in Indigenous Studies.

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 multidisciplinary 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; Indigenous literature; ethnobotany; Indigenous peoples' cultural survival and political activism; American Indian tribal governments; Indigenous geographies; 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 portfolio 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.


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Lunch & Learns: "Digitizing Indigeneity" with ISP student Tweesna Rose Mills
Wednesday, March 20 | Noon
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom

Tweesna's research centers around her thesis: Sustaining Salmon, and Our Way of Life through Sovereignty, Activism and Culture. This entails of various ways of storytelling including Digital Humanities that incorporates Indigenous thought, knowledge and theory. Her presentations will consist of storytelling, mapping and films that will convey Indigenous activism and history with an Indigenous narrative. Her main objective is to create a documentary series that would allow an Indigenous narrative to the histories of Indigenous people called “R History: Real History from the Indigenous Perspective."
Free and open to KU students, staff and faculty
Lunch is provided.

Indigenous Aesthetics in Visual + Performing Art
Tuesday, March 26 | 5 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Lied Center Seymour Gallery
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

"MEKKO" Showing and Filmmaker Q&A with Sterlin Harjo
Wednesday, March 27 | 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
Lawrence Arts Center
940 New Hampshire St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Dwelling Build - Wichita Grasshouse
Construction begins Thursday, March 28 and continues through Tuesday, April 2
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Indigenous Community Building through the Arts
Thursday, March 28 | 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art
University of Kansas
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Cider Gallery Opening and Live Painting with Steven Grounds
Friday, March 29 | 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Cider Gallery
810 Pennsylvania St., Lawrence, KS 66044
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Steven Grounds Artist Talk and Reception
Sunday, March 31 | 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.
Location TBA
Reception begins at 5 p.m.
Part of the KU Indigenous Cultures Festival

Haskell College and Career Fair
Thursday, April 4 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Coffin Sports Complex, Haskell Indian Nations University
155 Indian Ave., Lawrence, KS
Contact Angelina Adams at 785-830-2775 for more information

Nataanii Means Performance
Friday, April 5 | 7:30 p.m.
Lied Center, University of Kansas
1600 Stewart Dr., Lawrence, KS 66045
Tickets: $25 for adults, $14 for students/youth
Order tickets online at www.lied.ku.edu or by calling the ticket office at 785-864-2787

KU FNSA Powwow and Indigenous Cultures Festival
Saturday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.
Lied Center of Kansas, 1600 Stewart Dr.
Lawrence, KS 66045
Free and open to the public
Tipi dedication to begin at 9:30 a.m.
Volunteer for the powwow and ICF, including the grasshouse build

April NFSC Meeting
Friday, April 12 | 2 p.m.
Location TBA
University of Kansas

Native Faculty & Staff Council Snack and Chat
Tuesday, April 23 | 5 p.m.
Office of Multicultural Affairs classroom
University of Kansas
Topics TBD
Snacks provided; all KU faculty, staff and students welcome

Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Gathering
Friday, April 26-Sunday, April 28
Flint Hills near Council Grove, KS
Join Indigenous Elders as they share their Native American culture and explore tradition and cultural issues at this annual gathering
All are invited
Register online by Friday, April 19
Hosted by the Flint Hills Wisdom Keepers Foundation, 501(c)3
For more information, call 785-477-9306 or visit www.fhwisdomkeepers.org
**To attend the Sacred Drum Workshop on Saturday evening, register with Terri Delahanty by Friday, April 5

May NFSC Meeting
Friday, May 10 | 2 p.m.
Location TBA
University of Kansas

2nd Annual Young Professionals Powwow + Trade Show and Convention
Wednesday, July 17 | Conference: 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Powwow: 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Abe & Jake's Landing, 8 E. 6th St.
Lawrence, KS
Dancing and signing competitions for 18- to 35-year-olds
Conference registration $25-$35, includes lunch, resume-building, professional headshots, networking, prizes, educational workshops, and more.
Powwow is free and open to the public

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