The Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) is an interdisciplinary, international membership-based organization, comprised of scholars working in the fields of Native American and Indigenous Studies, broadly defined.


NAISA began through exploratory meetings hosted by the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and by the University of Georgia in 2008, incorporated in 2009, and has since become the premiere international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.


NAISA hosts an annual meeting that welcomes faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; community-based scholars and elders; and independent professionals working in the field. Our annual meetings have grown exponentially: from 350 attendees at the first gathering in 2007 to over 1000 attendees at the 2017 conference. We especially encourage Indigenous community-driven scholarship. NAISA is also responsible for the Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) journal, published by University of Minnesota Press.