Welcome to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center
Welcome back to the start of a brand new year! As Interim Director of the Center, I have learned much in these few short months and as the regular school year ramps up I am sure there will be much more information to digest. Please bear with us in this transitional moment. I look forward to talking more with you all about the center and hearing your thoughts. It is an honor to be able to serve you all and to keep the seat warm while we wait for our new director.
Our fall is filled with exciting events so far! In late October, we are lucky to be visited by Indigenous players from the National Rugby League and professor Roannie Ng Shiu of ANU (in a partnership with the Pasifika outreach program of the Australian National University). Many of you who know me, know my love of rugby, so I am truly excited to collaborate with this outreach mission. We will have a lunch and noon panel on Sports and Indigeneity. We will again be co-sponsoring the Sundance film event at the Autry. Please come out and support Native filmmakers and meet the wider American Indian community in Los Angeles!
We will also have a panel on the environment and Indigenous geographies in late fall. Here you will get a chance to meet our UC President’s Post-doctoral scholar, Iokepa Casambul-Salazar (Native Hawaiian) who will speak on activism to protect the sacred Mauna Kea site. In the fall, Visiting Indigenous Sami scholar and activist, May-Britt Ohman (Sami) will also be in residence. Ford Post-doctoral scholar Christina DeLisle (Chamorro), who does work on militarism, land, and gender issues in Guam will also be part of our community. We are lucky to have these impressive scholars who speak so clearly and passionately to the importance of sacred sites, the land and our responsibility to community.
Although in transition, the Center promises to continue promoting important research, making available sources for communities and providing a place for important conversations. Come join us!
Interim Director, American Indian Studies Center
Associate Professor, Department of Gender Studies
Mapping Indigenous LA Launched!
In light of Indigenous people's day, we have launched our research and community engagement site Mapping Indigenous LA. Please come by and like, review, and check it out! We are still in the early stages and have some amazing maps left to roll out in the next two weeks or so, along with incredible blogs!!! Don't forget to see the website at http://mila.ss.ucla.edu!
We are grateful to Angie Behrns and Lolly Lassos for letting The Kuruvungna Springs and The Gabrielino/Tongva Springs Foundation be our first map and focusing on the community engagement it took to preserve these important springs and remember the village once there. While the Los Angeles basin is forever Gabrielino/Tongva ancestral land, there are many stories and maps of other indigenous people shared and to share that now make Los Angeles their home. Thanks to all those that made this website happen, it literally took a village!
Mishuana Goeman, Wendy Teeter, Maylei Blackwell