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AIS and AISC at UCLA acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the taraaxatom (indigenous peoples) in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (Elders), and 'eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Have questions about creating your own land acknowledgement? Check out the guidelines or visit the Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs website for other resources.

Effective March 20, 2020, all on-campus operations will be suspended with the exception of those that are essential and cannot be conducted remotely. Social distancing has been identified by public health officials and university officials as key to controlling the spread of the virus. The UCLA American Indian Studies Center will be closed, and staff will be working remotely and accessible through email. We appreciate your understanding.

AISC Emergency Funding for AIS Students During COVID-19

Native American Centers in LA/Orange Country Services During COVID-19

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Welcome to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) was founded in 1969 as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Native communities. The AISC serves as a hub of activities for Indigenous students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community, as well as serving as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. We foster innovative academic research by students and faculty, 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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