Advance knowledge of Native peoples and cultures and advocate for the needs of Indigenous communities.
Our graduates pursue careers in a wide range of fields, including public affairs, education, law, filmmaking and the sciences. Many of our Indigenous alumni are leaders in Native communities.
A degree in American Indian Studies can lead to a career as a(n):
- Public policy analyst
- Community organizer
- Legislative aide
- Environmental planner
- Social worker
- Health care professional
- Human resources manager
- Public relations specialist
Giving voice to Indigenous storytellers.
The department hosts the bi-annual Sacred Breath: Indigenous Writing and Storytelling series at the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. Recognizing that storytelling creates a spiritual connection — a sharing of sacred breath — the event brings together our campus community, the region’s Native community, and the local writing community. Each Sacred Breath event features a Native author and a Native storyteller, uniting written and oral traditions. In addition, the department is host to the annual Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Food and Ecological Knowledge Symposium. This gathering brings local and national American Indian communities together to share knowledge on topics such as traditional foods, plants and medicines; environmental and food justice; food sovereignty/security; health and wellness; and treaty rights.
Find Yourself in American Indian Studies
Study the traditions of Native peoples and advocate for the well-being of Indigenous communities.
Department of American Indian Studies Stories
The UW participated in its first Tribal Canoe Journey, with students, faculty, staff, and alums working together as a family — the Shell House Canoe Family, č̓away̓altxʷ ʔiišəd — to make it all happen.
Community and mentorship made all the difference to Sherri Berdine (2008) as an Alaska Native (Aleut & CIRI Descendent) UW student. Now she's the University's Director of Tribal Relations.