Native American Studies Department, University College,
University of New Mexico

Honoring Native Tradition and Community Through Academic Excellence

Native American Studies (NAS) is an academic program committed to Indigenous research and scholarship.  NAS offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor degree granted through University Studies at the University of New Mexico.

Our goal is excellence in educating all students and the public about the Native experience of Indigenous peoples with significant attention given our complex history and intercultural heritage of New Mexico and the United States.

16th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference

February 5-6, 2015 — Albuquerque, NM
Please note change in location this year from Arizona State to the University of New Mexico

“Sustainability of Traditional Language, Culture and Knowledge”

“Sustainability of Traditional Language, Culture and Knowledge,” emerges as the theme of the 16th Annual American Indian Studies Association’s conference.  In our current times, the question of sustainability and continuance of traditional knowledge remains relevant.  Traditional knowledge is a broadly constructed concept.  Tradition is not static; rather it can be conceived as a snapshot of time or as a continuum.  Particular ideologies, beliefs and core elements can be deeply rooted within people and societies.  Native people face change and challenges at an amazing rate.  What does sustainability mean within a world with rapid change?

This year’s conference looks to explore and initiate discussions about the sustainability of traditional knowledge.  This includes, however is not exclusive to:  language, culture, art, history, environment, governance, health, storytelling, education and all other topics which would include sustainability of traditional knowledge.

The organizers of the AISA Conference welcome proposals for paper presentations, panel presentations, round table discussions, and workshops.

For the full schedule, please CLICK HERE or on the poster image above.

Download the AISA Conference Registration Form

Download List of Hotels
Go to Sheraton Albuqurque Airport Hotel to book at their event rate

Download UNM parking map






Curriculum Philosophy

  1. Interdisciplinary approach
  2. Academic component – classroom instruction by Native American faculty, internships, independent study
  3. Research component - Experiential Activity woven into course work
  4. Applied degree – Community-based and Service learning
  5. Degree potential in communities and multiple professional settings
  6. Philosophical focus on Self-determination and Indigenous pedagogy

Native American Studies Degree Skill Base

  1. Research Skills
  2. Communication Skills
  3. Problem Solving Skills
  4. Community Building/Leadership
  5. Baseline knowledge of Indigenous Issues Valuable to Native Communities, Leadership, and Governmental Agencies

NAS Graduates Professional Pursuits

  1. Graduate School:  Public Administration, Law School, Water Resources, Community and Regional Planning, American Studies, Sociology, Museum Studies, Journalism, and Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Studies
  2. Native American Community Based Non-profits
  3. Tribal, State and Federal Agencies
  4. Native American Education