The American Indian Studies Research Institute was founded in 1985 at IU to serve as an interdisciplinary research center for projects focusing on the native peoples of the Americas. Help provide support today!
The American Indian Studies Research Institute brings together faculty, full-time staff, graduate students, undergraduate students, and contract personnel from around the Bloomington campus to work together on research projects relating to American Indians. AISRI also works collaboratively with numerous scholars at other institutions around the world, as well as with tribal schools and colleges.
Historically, Indiana University has been preeminent in American Indian studies, tracing back to the 1930s when archaeologist Glenn A. Black and bioanthropologist Georg Newmann actively pursued research in Indiana prehistory. From this beginning, American Indian studies flourished at Indiana University as students contributed their talents and more faculty joined the university. Their collective legacy to Indiana University today consists of invaluable archival, library, and museum collections that form the basis for on-going research projects, making Bloomington one of the richest centers for resource material in American Indian studies.
AISRI engages in a variety of projects within the categories of research, editorial, and educational. A major focus of AISRI research is language documentation and, as a means to that end, development of software tools and technical services that support documentary activities. Editorial projects that make the results of research widely available to scholars, tribal members, and the general public is one of the primary goals of AISRI. Publication of important documents, employing the highest standard of historical editing, is a major focus. Another primary goal of AISRI is to work cooperatively with American Indian educational institutions to make the products of scientific research available to the communities in which the research was conducted.
Your tax-deductible gift to the American Indian Studies Research Institute will be used to support these and other growing efforts of the AISRI.
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