The American Indian Studies Program seeks to provide and maintain the highest levels of education, scholarship, leadership, and support to all students, staff, and faculty at the university. As an integral part of the university, the program maintains a special focus on assisting and supporting American Indians in their educational endeavors. In addition to the commitment to the university community, the program provides consultation and services to numerous local, state, and national organizations.

It is the mission of the American Indian Studies Program to provide leadership to other university departments and programs in the pursuit of American Indian course development and scholarship. In addition, the program serves as a resource center and support for individuals who are interested in American Indian culture, history, research, and contemporary life.

Director: Denise Wiyaka


  • Ada Deer, Social Work, Emerita
  • Kasey Keeler, Civil Society & Community Studies
  • Brian McInnes, Civil Society & Community Studies
  • Larry Nesper, Anthropology
  • Jen Rose Smith, Geography
  • Sasha Suarez, History
  • Matt Villeneueve, History


  • Susan Dominguez, Senior Lecturer

For a full list of faculty and staff, please see the department website.