Research


Angela Riley, Duane Champagne, David Montoya joined community members for the Urban Indian Roundtable.
The American Indian Studies Center at UCLA is committed to generating research that impacts the lives of the local, national, and global indigenous and scholarly communities. The Center has supported conferences and published books on subjects ranging from contemporary American Indian theater to California Indian recognition efforts to the Indian Child Welfare Act. Affiliated scholars have presented recommendations to state and federal governments as well as the United Nations to advance economic development, tribal governance, cultural and language revitalization, and sovereign rights in tribal communities.

Below are a few highlights of the Center's ongoing research projects:

UCLA Mapping Indigenous LA Project - aims to uncover and highlight the multiple layers of indigenous Los Angeles through a storymapping project with youth, community leaders, and elders from indigenous communities throughout the city.

Indian Law and Order Commission - an independent, all-volunteer advisory group, to help with the greatest challenges to securing equal justice for Native Americans living and working on Indian lands. (The UCLA AISC serves as the sole repository for the Indian Law and Order Commission's online materials, which we will maintain and make available for research purposes.)

Partners for Justice - a research initiative designed to support the work of the United States Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC), which was recently established by the Tribal Law and Order Act.

Policy Briefs & Reports - The American Indian Studies Center, in conjunction with The California Wellness Foundation, The American Indian Community Council, and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, developed a series of policy briefs and technical memos.

Los Angeles Urban Indian Roundtable - a comparative study of Los Angeles American Indian/Alaska Native population trends

Kateri Tekakwitha and the Los Angeles Indian Community
  Indigenous Rights Advocacy and Human Rights: The Past, the Future and the Visions of Change, a roundtable discussion at the Institute for the Study of Human Rights
  Indians and Guns published by Director Angela R. Riley.
Institute of American Cultures Funding
  Yellowthunder Recipients - The Arianna & Hannah Yellowthunder Scholarship
  Past Projects - View all past research projects