Community Engagement

Minnesota Indian Affairs Listserv

Since 1994, the Department of American Indian Studies has hosted the Minnesota Indian Affairs electronic listserv. This informational email list serves Indian communities throughout the state as a tool for sharing news, community announcements, and employment and educational opportunities. You can email American Indian Studies for more information at

Community Outreach Coordinator

Our Community Outreach Coordinator helps students, university partners, and community members navigate and access the Department's programs and resources. Below is a list of services our coordinator provides.

Helping Students:

  • Find relevant courses and scholarship & information
  • Learn about language and teaching programs
  • Visit campus and plan a smooth transition from a different school
  • Customize the college experience and learn about ways to get involved with the campus community

Reaching the Community by:

  • Connecting students and Native communities with our resources
  • Planning events and raising awareness about our programs
  • Partnering with Minneapolis, St. Paul, and tribal schools

Coordinating, Collaborating, and Connecting by:

  • Working with University offices, such as the Circle of Indigenous Nations (COIN)
  • Affiliating with University and national student groups, such as the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
  • Maintaining a positive presence in the Twin Cities metro area by partnering and collaborating with local area Tribal organizations and programs to promote empowerment, equity and greater access to resources for our Native communities. 
  • Fostering teaching opportunities for students in our language programs by developing relationships with Immersion Programs for the Student Teacher Practicum, visiting students while they're teaching, and assisting students with practicum paperwork
  • Developing a wealth of scholarship resources and finding ways to keep students in school. We maintain a database of over 70 tribes and entities that provide scholarships for American Indian students
  • Partnering with University Libraries to provide a comprehensive guide to land acknowledgments