The Association for Studies in American Indian Literatures, ASAIL, is a professional academic organization created to promote the study, criticism, and research of American Indian written and oral literary traditions.

ASAIL holds an annual business meeting at the Native American Literature Symposium. ASAIL is an affiliate with the Modern Language Association (MLA). ASAIL sponsors panels at the MLA’s annual meeting, the Native American Literature Symposium, the American Literature Association (ALA), and the Society for the Study of American Women Writers (SSAWW) conferences.

Our conference participation, along with our journal, Studies in American Indian Literatures, ensures that members have multiple opportunities to present, publish and debate innovative research on American Indian and Aboriginal languages, literature, culture and aesthetics.

For more information, visit the ASAIL website: asail.org


The Native American Literature Symposium is organized by an independent group of Indigenous scholars committed to making a place where Native voices can be heard.

Since 2001, we have brought together some of the most influential voices in Native America to share our stories -- in art, prose, poetry, film, religion, history, politics, music, philosophy, and science—from our worldview.

With literature as a crossroads where many forms of knowledge meet—art, history, politics, science, religion, film, cultural studies—we welcome once again spirited participation on all aspects of Native American studies. We invite proposals for individual papers, panel discussions, readings, exhibits, demonstrations, and workshops. We especially encourage presentations and panels on teaching children’s and young adult literature by indigenous writers, as well as current issues in Indian Country such as language revitalization, mascot debates, and academic freedom for indigenous scholars.

For more information, visit the NALS website: mnsu.edu/nativelit/