Welcome to the Intercontinental American Indigenous Research Association

iAIRA is a place of gathering for students, scholars, and professionals seeking to share and engage in conversations and learning about Indigenous Knowledge Systems and Indigenous Research Methodologies.

These Methodologies cross-through all academic disciplines, with a primary goal of applying, with cultural sensitivity, the diverse Ways of Knowing, Being, and Doing from Indigenous perspectives that reveal relationalities and interdependencies between these knowledges and the topics and issues they address.

This is a community place and space that reflects the continuance of knowledges across time that remains as means to assist in addressing myriad challenges faced by humans and beyond humans. These Ways also continue to give rise to celebrations of the revelation of the enduring practical value Indigenous Knowledges have. These inspire next generations of Indigenous Peoples to persist in perpetuating these knowledges, even utilize them anew, and conceive of additional Indigenous knowledges, in culturally sensitive and mutually beneficial ways.

Organization and Gathering Update

With the close of the 2019 conference AIRA received new leadership and has been seating a new organizational Board that consists of both Indigenous graduate students and Indigenous faculty/scholars.

We also made a decision to hold our gatherings biennially – every other year. Our hope is that we will be able to create a “moveable feast” as our membership Gathering that is a partnering opportunity with other Indigenous organizations and academic institutions.

This decision reflects a focus on our organizational vision of representing Indigenous students, faculty, scholars, and individuals interested in our mission, from across the entirety of the American Intercontinental region. This includes North, Central and South American countries and their outlying island areas. As such, please notice that we are now being referred to as iAIRA or the intercontinental American Indigenous Research Association.

This decision also assists our goal of extending our global network and partnerships, through attending and participating, as a representative body of the iAIRA organization, at such events as the International Indigenous Research Conference in New Zealand. This group meets every other year, and we anticipate one day attending their gathering. We hope our iAIRA members will also consider attending.

Our iAIRA Gathering planning has been impacted by the effects of COVID. However, this year of 2021 is our year to get together! As such, we re-visioned what we had thought we would do and decided to go ahead and create a partnership to deliver a virtual gathering.

Please join us for the 2021 iAIRA Gathering event, October 21 – 23, that is in partnership with the Salish Kootenai College Indigenous Research Center (SKC-IRC). This partnership is an ideal situation as both organizations share a similar vision and mission regarding Indigenous researchers and the creation and use of Indigenous Research Methodologies. We are very excited about this partnership! It also represents a “homecoming” for iAIRA, because it is the place of origin for our association.

Please, click on this link to go to our Eventbrite site that has further information about our 2021 Gathering event, that occurs October 21 – 23, 2021.

  • The event is Free. No membership to iAIRA is required for this event.
  • But, Please Register Now for the GENERAL Session.
  • Then also look at the Live Sessions and register for your choices of these as well — please note there is limited space for all Live Sessions.
  • Once you register you will receive a Confirmation of your registration via the email you provide.
  • Note that within your Confirmation email there is a separate Event web address that you will need to highlight and paste in your browser. It takes you to the IRC webpage where the actually event will be launched. You will only have access to the IRC event webpage when it opens on Thursday, October 21 at 9 a.m. MDT.

Thank you for your patience with the re-organization of our iAIRA. Your continued interest in our work and community is commendable and we deeply appreciate you.



Membership in the Association is $10/year and is available to students, scholars, professionals, and interested individuals who would like to become a part of our community. Please Visit this page to join us and come along on our enduring journey that is Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing that creates synergetic patterns reflecting the beautiful diversity of people and their cultures all woven together and celebrated as being iAIRA—the intercontinental American Indigenous Research Association.

Member Mailing List and iAIRA information

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