American Indian Studies faculty members have long been active in advising, teaching, and mentoring graduate students across the disciplines, including American Studies, Anthropology, History, Linguistics, Political Science, Geography, and English.

There is an active graduate student community on campus, many of whom participate in the American Indian and Indigenous Studies Workshop (AIISW). The AIISW provides a place for graduate students and faculty members from all disciplines to come together and share their research.

The University of Minnesota is also a charter member of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS). Consisting of twenty member institutions across the US and Canada, the NCAIS features a robust set of programming for graduate students, including an annual workshop, summer seminar (both led by NCAIS faculty), a graduate student conference, and graduate research fellowships.