American Indian Studies Research Institute
The American Indian Studies Research Institute is located in a two-story limestone house built about 1915, on the Bloomington campus adjacent to the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, the Glenn A. Black Laboratory of Archaeology.
The primary function of AISRI is to provide the institutional structure necessary to carry out research and educational projects, most of which are funded by outside sources including the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and American Indian tribal organizations.
Current projects include:
- Plains Indian language documentation
- studies of American Indian history and culture
- innovative print and electronic instructional media for teaching Native American languages.
AISRI fosters publication of research results through:
- the journal Anthropological Linguistics
- the monograph series "Studies in the Anthropology of North American Indians," "Studies in the Native Languages of the Americas," and "Sources of American Indian Oral Tradition," published by AISRI in cooperation with the University of Nebraska Press.