Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Institute for American Indian Studies!

Whether you are visiting us from near or afar, we hope you take the time to explore all of our offerings.

Visitors of all ages are welcome at our IAIS family. Whether joining us for a school field trip, dropping by to enjoy our beautiful 15.5 acres and museum exhibits while visiting Connecticut's picturesque Northwest Corner, or attending one of our many fun and engaging programs, IAIS always has something wonderful to share with you - and a friend!

Experiences from our guests remind us why we continue to preserve and share; we are a place where people of all backgrounds can study, explore, learn, and engage with the rich diversity of Native cultures. Native contributions, struggles and stories are part of America's past, present, and future.

Be sure to visit our online resources. Our storytelling, music, archaeology, history and nature programming engages, informs and encourages students to participate in activities that helps them better understand Native lifeways, the teamwork necessary to survive in the past, and the impacts of historic times on today's society. Schools and visitors from all over Connecticut, across the country, and around the world have come to IAIS to study our unique content and collections.

We hope to see you soon!