IUPUI NASA students at Center for Native American Youth in Washington, D.C.
IUPUI NASA Students Elia John and Kathrynne Shaw at the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) in Washington, D.C. with Bill Mendoza, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (May, 2015).

Welcome from the Director


American Indian Programs is a small but ever-growing program at IUPUI which includes campus, community, Native tribes and nations and students and family initiatives. Native American & Indigenous Studies (NAIS), our academic program, is housed in IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI and continues to grow in the number of students as well as the number of classes offered! We aim to strengthen our integral tribal partnerships - most especially the tribes Native to Indiana! We are working very closely with campus partners to further develop our resources for Native students, Staff and Faculty. We are proud of our consistent engagement in providing cultural awareness opportunities for a wide array of community partner!

We are always seeking out new directions in advancing Indigeneity and invite all those interested and invested in developing new ways to address centuries-old systems of oppression, colonization, and historical trauma. If you would like to be a part of a new and exciting social justice movement - we warmly welcome you to engage with our IUPUI American Indian Programs!

Welcome! Va’ôhtama [Cheyenne]!Bozho [Potawatomi]!

Charmayne ‘Charli’ Champion-Shaw [Cheyenne]
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Director, IUPUI American Indian Programs
Director, Native American & Indigenous Studies