American Indian Studies Program
Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
AIS closes during Winter holiday, Spring Break, and Summer Sessions.
316 Ingraham Hall (3rd Floor)
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706
The American Indian Studies Program works to foster an environment in which the university community can discover, examine, and appreciate the cultures, traditions, and values that reflect the many contributions American Indians have made and continue to make to the quality of life in contemporary society. Established in 1972, AIS links American Indian students, the University, and Indian Tribes. The program provides information, referral, and consultation to students, faculty, staff, and citizens throughout the state. A major focus of the program is to facilitate the development of leadership among Indian students to enhance their academic success and assist them in becoming involved in contributing to their communities. An essential component of our mission is to focus attention and direct the resources of the University of Wisconsin to improve the lives of Wisconsin Indian people. American Indian Studies sponsors an annual traditional storytelling event, academic conferences, and mentoring opportunities. From courses in over ten major departments, to community and tribal outreach, to the Annual Evenings of American Indian Storytelling, American Indian Studies is among the most active and respected centers of its kind in the nation. Our faculty have numerous awards, publications, and grants to their credit, and our students have become tribal judges, attorneys, teachers, and social workers in Wisconsin and beyond.