Circle of Indigenous Nations Resources

students from the American Indian Student Cultural Center

Get Involved!

Becoming involved in a student organization is a great way to make new friends who share a common interest. The University of Minnesota offers a wealth of American Indian student associations for students to become involved in. Whether your interest is in science, engineering, law, medicine, business, American Indian studies, languages or just enjoying the company of other Native students, the University of Minnesota has a place for you.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

The American Indian Science and Engineering Society is a private, non-profit oganization that nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional native values. AISES' goal is to be a catalyst for advancement of American Indians as they grow to become self reliant and self-determined members of society. Our student chapter supports students in science, engineering and other fields. For more information, email

Spring 2014 - AISES Region 5 Conference: Finding Your Path Among the Stars, Photos by Beth Wenell

American Indian Student Cultural Center (AISCC)

The mission of the AISCC is to promote cultural diversity and develop leadership in American Indian students of the U of M; assisting building understanding of American Indian people, issues, history and culture by bringing in American Indian scholars and hosting events open to the entire University campus. For more information, call 612.624.0243 or email

Native American Law Student Association

Native American Law Student Association is a American Indian graduate association of University law students. For more information, contact Tessa Thompson at 507.581.4426 or email


Department of American Indian Studies

The Department of American Indian Studies offers undergraduate students both a major and a minor in American Indian Studies at the University. For academic majors at the University of Minnesota, two "tracks" are available, one of which is based on mastery of one of the indigenous languages taught by the department—usually Dakota or Ojibwe. Majors also choose from a wide variety of courses, covering American Indian literature, art, philosophies, and socio-economic issues. Independent study options and special experiential learning opportunities are available to address students' particular career needs and interests. For more information, contact the Department of American Indian Studies at 612.624.1338.