The Newberry Library’s McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies has played an important role in the development of scholarship about American Indians and Indigenous peoples, contributing to the growth of “new Indian history” since the 1970s. Beginning in 2003 the McNickle Center developed a consortium to support interdisciplinary graduate student training in American Indian and Indigenous Studies. In January 2011, following several years of discussion, Yale became a member of the Newberry Consortium for American Indian Studies (NCAIS).
Yale graduate students participate in spring workshops and summer institutes sponsored by NCAIS and faculty from member institutions. Several students have received NCAIS fellowships supporting their dissertation research. Yale students have also shared their work at the annual NCAIS graduate student conference. Further information about NCAIS can be found at the consortium website. Yale students may also contact the Faculty Liaison: Professor Alyssa Mt. Pleasant (2011-13).