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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a restful and productive holiday. We’ll be busy this winter/spring with our center review process and of course NAISA planning! Thank you, Mishuana Goeman, heroic chair of the host committee! In January, we will welcome our Institute of American Cultures Visiting Scholar, Nancy Mithlo (Chiricahua Apache), as well as visiting Fulbright Scholar Stephanie Gilbert (Tubba-Gah Wiradjuri) from Australia (see below for more info on both, including the welcome event). Also, read on for important info about our ethnography training, courses being offered, and upcoming fellowship deadlines.

Warm wishes for a wonderful 2018,
Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


News from American Indian Studies Center Publications

The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 41, no. 2, is now available online and in print! This issue features two indispensable articles on current sociocultural issues: Valerie Lambert traces Native participation in the struggle for marriage equality in the United States, and Dustin Tahmahkera analyzes the cultural politics of Comanche elder LaDonna Harris’s adoption of actor Johnny Depp following his casting as Tonto in The Lone Ranger. Rounding out this issue is an article detailing how Nike’s N7 social media campaignuses Native athletes and imagery to market to Native Americans; a wide analysis of postcolonial discourses in Canadian news stories about ownership and governance of land; and a study of stickball’s roles in the Cherokee community that illuminates sport as an important tool for cultural preservation. Last, but not least, is Isaiah Lorado Wilner’s in-depth review essay, “Reembodying Our Occupied Geographies: Boyd Cothran’s Remembering the Modoc War, Benjamin Madley’s An American Genocide, and the Future of Native American Studies.”



Oral History/Ethnography in Tribal Communities, January 9, 2018
2 – 4 PM
Rolfe Hall, Room 2125

A panel discussion with Jessica Cattelino, Paul Kroskrity, Greg Schachner, and Shannon Speed on their experience as oral historians, ethnographers conducting interviews and working with tribal communities.

Please rsvp at

For questions, contact Nora Pulskamp at or 310-825-6541

Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program


Welcome Event for Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo and Dr. Stephanie Gilbert

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center invites you to a special welcome event for Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo and Dr. Stephanie Gilbert.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
3 – 5 PM

Charles E. Young Research Library, Presentation Room

Nancy Marie Mithlo, Ph.D. is a visual anthropologist and a curator of contemporary American Indian arts. As a Visiting Scholar with UCLA IAC AISC, she will be completing her manuscript titled “A/part of this World: Indigenous Art at the Venice Biennale 1999–2017.” Her welcome talk will include a discussion of the 2017 Venice Biennale exhibit Wah.shka, featuring the artists Marcella Ernest, Shan Goshorn and Keli Mashburn.

Dr. Stephanie Gilbert is an Associate Professor, Coordinator Teaching Quality and Development at The Wollotuka Institute in the University of Newcastle, Australia. A Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gilbert will be using her Fulbright Scholarship in the United States to examine the possibility that trauma can become embedded in our bodies in such a way it can be transmitted across generations.

Light refreshments will be provided.


Office Hours with Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo

Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo is offering office hours during her visiting scholar appointment at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. All office hours are held in 3215 Campbell Hall.

  • Thursday, January 18, 2 – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2 – 4 PM
  • Thursday, April 19, 2 – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2 – 4 PM

Class on Protection of Traditional Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples Offered this winter 2018 quarter!

Dear students,

Information Studies Department offers a class on protection of traditional knowledge of indigenous peoples this winter 2018 quarter. The class covers a variety of topics, including (a)  indigenous human rights, and intellectual property issues related to protecting traditional forms of knowledge (we will work with the materials from the UN agencies directly involved in this work, esp. UN WIPO and Permanent Forum); (b)  practices of protecting traditional knowledge relevant to conservation, and economic development (Convention of Biodiversity; free prior informed consent; and benefit sharing principles); (c) preservation of artifacts, repatriation norms, and collaboration between communities and research and museum institutions (we plan a visit to Getty Villa to learn from folks at the conservation lab with Ellen Pearlstein).

This might be one-time opportunity, given the specificity of the subject matter, so please sign up soon! The class is also limited to 15 students.

Hope to see you soon!

Ulia Gosart (the instructor)


Institute of American Cultures: 2018–2019 Visiting Scholar/Researcher Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. We especially encourage applications that advance our understanding of new social and cultural realities occasioned by the dramatic population shifts of recent decades, including greater heterogeneity within ethnic groups and increased interethnic contact.

Eligibility Requirements:
Applicants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university (or, in the case of the arts, an appropriate terminal degree) in a relevant field at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply.

Applications are available November 1, 2017. Completed applications must be received by 11:59 pm January 11, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in March.

In the Upload Documents section of the application, please upload a blank document instead of a Course Description as this requirement is being waived.

Application is available online at:
Click here for a preview of the application pages.


Institute of American Cultures: 2018-2019 Research Grant Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2018-2019. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.

Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019.

Applications are available November 1, 2017 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2018. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.

Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Application is available online at:

Click here for a preview of the application pages.


SAVE THE DATES: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference

May 17–19, 2018
InterContinental Hotel
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90017

From May 17–19, 2018, the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.

NAISA 2018:


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