Welcome to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center was founded in 1969 at the University of California, Los Angeles as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Indian communities. The Center also serves as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. Today, we foster innovative academic research, publish leading scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies, and support events and programming focused on indigenous issues.

The Center also works in collaboration with some of the country's most influential and respected scholars writing and teaching in American Indian Studies today, who have made UCLA one of the highest ranked and most respected universities in the field. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us.

Shannon Speed
Director, American Indian Studies Center
Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies and Anthropology




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Angela Robinson, Winner of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI)

Congratulations to Angela Robinson (Wito clan of Chuuk, Micronesia), an ABD student in the UCLA Gender Studies program, winner of the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI) competition!

Robinson will be representing UCLA in June 2016 at the University of Washington where the Summer Institute on Global Indigeneities (SIGI) will be hosted. SIGI is a program for 12 graduate students from UW and partner institutions. The product of on-going conversations and collaboration among scholars at the Universities of Hawai`i (Manoa), British Columbia (Vancouver), California (Los Angeles), Minnesota (Twin Cities) and Washington (Seattle), SIGI is a pilot program for what we hope will become an annual meeting of junior and senior scholars in the interdisciplinary and global field of Indigenous and Native Studies.

Please consider donating to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center to support the ILOC archives and other projects that support Native peoples.