NAIS Mellon Grant

Five Colleges, Incorporated has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field. 

Called Gathering at the Crossroads: Building Native American and Indigenous Studies at the Five College Consortium, the effort will allow the campuses to develop and establish a set of new academic pathways for students interested in Native American and Indigenous Studies – supported by new faculty, new courses and new course modules. 

The Five College campuses are located in the Kwinitekw (Connecticut River) Valley, which has historically been a crossroads of Indigenous nations. Today it remains a central gathering place for NAIS scholars as well as for Native American and Indigenous leaders, artists, writers and activists.


The Faculty Convener for the Mellon NAIS Grant is: 

Christen Mucher
Associate Professor of American Studies, Smith College

The past Faculty Co-Conveners were:

Professor Kathleen Brown-Perez, Senior Lecturer II, Commonwealth Honors College, UMass Amherst
Professor Kiara Vigil, Associate Professor, American Studies, Amherst College

NAIS Mini-Grants and Residencies

As part of this initiative, FCI is offering mini-grant and residency opportunities to Five College faculty and staff interested in working collaboratively to integrate NAIS into their curricula. For more information, please visit the Mini-Grants and Residencies page.

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