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JUNE 2015
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Message from the Director

Dear Bruin Family and Community Members,

As many of you are aware, I have completed my five year term as Director of the American Indian Studies Center, and I will step down on June 30th, 2015.  It has been my sincere pleasure to serve as Director of one of the flagship American Indian Studies research centers in the nation and to work with some of the absolute best faculty and students in the field today.  This remarkable experience would not have been possible without you – faculty, students, staff, local tribes, and community members – and I thank you all.

After being away in fall 2015 for a visiting professorship, I will continue on at UCLA as Professor at the School of Law.  I do hope our paths cross again soon.

Angela R. Riley
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center
Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Here are just a few highlights of our work over the last five years.

Director Angela R. Riley with daughter during the UCLA Pow Wow (2012).

Director Angela R. Riley and Professor S. James Anaya, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, at Le Jet D’eau in Geneva, Switzerland during the United Nations’s World Intellectual Property Organization Meeting (2011).

Director Angela R. Riley with the members of the Indian Law and Order Commission at the A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer Symposium (2014).

American Indian Studies Center Staff, 2011-12
Mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa Honors American Indian Studies Center on the occasion of its 40th anniversary in 2009.

Professor Matthew L.M. Fletcher speaks on Innovations in Law at the Good Native Governance Conference (2014).

Professor Peter Nabokov, Author Heid Erdrich, Associate Professor Mishuana Goeman, and Assistant Professor Randall Akee before Author Heid Erdrich gave her talk on “Written in Blood: Poetics and Nationhood” (2014).
Director Angela R. Riley with Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel Carole Goldberg and Professor Paul Kroskrity at the New Faculty Mixer (2013).

A longtable discussion with the Yoeme Indian Deer Dancer and Singers on heritage, tourism, staging ritual, and contemporary Indian identity moderated by Professor David Shorter (2011).

United Nations Indigenous Peoples' Partnership (2011)

Former Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman, Cheryl Seidner, at the Wiyot Repatriation Discussion (2012).
Director Angela R. Riley with W. Richard West Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Autry National Center of the American West during West Jr.’s talk on “National Museum of the American Indian: 21st Century Native Cultural Governance at Work” (2014).
Director Angela R. Riley with Professor Frederick Hoxie and Professor Peter Nabokov after Professor Hoxie discussed his new book, This Indian Country (2013).

Kevin K. Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, US Department of the Interior, gives keynote address at the Good Native Governance Conference (2014).

Professor David Treuer in discussion with Professor Peter Nabokov on his book, Are Reservations Stand-Ins for Indians? Sovereignty, Identity, and Authenticity (2012).

Lawrence Garfield, Tribal Elder, Tule River, Carole Goldberg, Vice Chancellor, Academic Personnel, Rhoda Hunter, Tribal Council Member, Tule River, and Gelya Frank, Professor at USC during the Tribal History Panel and Discussion (2011).
Joely Proudfit, Director of the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center, CSU - San Marcos, Vice Provost Belinda Tucker, and Director Angela R. Riley at the event, ”Inside Out: Social Justice, Activism and the 2012 Vote” (2012).

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2015!

The staff of the AISC congratulates all the students who completed their degrees!


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