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Research & Scholarship


The Center operates as a hub for multi-disciplinary, collaborative work informed by and responsive to Native American and Indigenous nations, communities, and organizations.

Learn about research interests by hub.


The Center commits to developing and promoting reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships and partnerships with Native American and Indigenous communities. This includes the local urban Native community in Chicago and surrounding areas as well as partnerships with Native American serving organizations such as the Chicagoland American Indian Community Collaborative (CAICC). We also have parternships with Tribal Nations in the Midwest throughout Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan.  Furthermore, CNAIR works to build reciprocal and sovereignty-affirming relationships with Tribal Nations and Indigenous communitties across Turtle Island and globally. 



This academic year, we've awarded research fellowships to undergraduate students and graduate students. 


We’re very proud of the work our 2021-22 Faculty Fellows are doing.  Jorge Coronado (Spanish & Portuguese) is researching “Literary Practices, Activists, and Intellectuals in the Andes and the Caribbean, 1890-1940.” Beth Redbird (Sociology) explores “Access to Tribal Justice: The Co-Evolution of Courts and Citizenship.” Nitasha Sharma (African American Studies and Asian American Studies) focuses on “The Black Pacific.” CNAIR awarded five graduate fellowships to doctoral students in separate schools and departments. We look forward to hearing about their work when they present at our annual research symposium: 




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