In 1976 a minor course of study in American Indian Studies (AIS) was established that featured courses in anthropology, art history, education, English, geography, and history.
The response was enthusiastic, and almost immediately discussion turned to the development of an AIS major. The process involved needs and interest assessments, proposals to departmental and campus-wide committees and, finally, proposals to the UW Board of Regents. It was long and arduous process, but in April of 1996 the American Indian Studies Committee at UW-Eau Claire celebrated the establishment of the new major course of study. This program accepted students for the first time in the fall of 1996.
Veda Stone, UW-Eau Claire emeritus faculty, is remembered for her work in the development of this program.