The American Indian Studies Program (AIS) is an interdisciplinary program that reflects the holistic worldview of the indigenous peoples of Turtle Island (North America). The program works to foster an environment in which the university community can discover, examine and appreciate the cultures, traditions and values that reflect the many American Indian nations, tribes, bands and peoples and their contributions to our contemporary society. Additionally, the AIS Program offers a way to share these cultures and bridge the communications gap among the peoples of Wisconsin. The AIS Program is designed to preserve and promote the identity and sovereign status of indigenous people through the study and practice of de-colonization. Key to this program is that the American Indian perspective is present in the courses offered.