American Indian Studies Program


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(608) 263-5501 -- American Indian Studies Program
(608) 263-0443 -- American Indian Studies Library

Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

AIS Library closes during Winter holiday, Spring Break, and Summer Sessions.

316 Ingraham Hall (3rd Floor)
1155 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706

338E Ingraham Hall
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.