Established in 1962 by the United States Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA), the Institute of American Indian and Alaska Native Arts Development (IAIA) was initially a high school. In 1975 the Institute became a two-year college offering associate degrees. The Creative Writing program contains courses in poetry, fiction, and playwriting, and familiarizes students with major works of contemporary American Indian and non-Indian literature. The institute also includes a major contemporary Indian art museum.