News and Announcements

Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty

As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.

Prof. Rand hired as University of Illinois inaugural Associate Vice chancellor for Native Affairs

The University of Illinois announced that it has hired Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor on Native Affairs Issues. Dr. Rand is an historian and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with decades of experience in academia and at the Smithsonian Institute.
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NAIS mourns the loss of Michelene Pesantubbee

The students, staff, and faculty of NAIS were saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee, Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Pesantubbee coordinated NAIS for several years and taught numerous courses in Native religions, environmentalism, and social justice. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends, family and community in Iowa City and Muskogee, Oklahoma. Dr. Pesantubbee’s full obituary may be found here:

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