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JUNE 2019
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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Chokma. We are wrapping up another academic year, and heading into our 50th anniversary year! Please join me in congratulating our graduating students! Please save the date for our Fall 50th anniversary event, in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Lighting a Path Forward: The Meaning of UC Land Grants, Public Memory, and Tovaangar on October 15, 2019, 9 AM to 5 PM. Also, please consider taking the AISC Library survey (link below). And alums! We need you to help us with the AISC Oral History project. Please reach out to Pamela:

Wishing everyone a restful and productive summer. Chinchokma’ni sabanna. Chipisala’cho!

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Congratulations to the Graduating Class of 2019

Undergraduate Students

  • Noelle Anderson
  • Ruby Cedillo Bravo
  • Mariko Daisey
  • Kelly Davis
  • Rico Fenix
  • Bianca Garcia
  • Maritza Geronimo
  • Josh Lyda
  • Gilbert Marquez
  • Catherine Meneses
  • Thomas Sills
  • Kristian Vasquez

Graduate Students

  • Kylie Gemmell
  • Kristen Martinez
  • AnMarie Mendoza
  • Denise Morales
  • Angela Lynn Robinson
  • Sedna Villavicencio






Save the Date: Lighting a Path Forward: The Meaning of UC Land Grants, Public Memory, and Tovaangar

Tuesday, October 15, 2019
9 AM – 5 PM

Save the date for "Lighting the Path Forward," a two-day event at UCLA as part of the American Indian Studies Center's 50th anniversary.

This public event will be divided into a keynote and 3 plenary panels addressing the Past, Present and Future of the relationship between the UC and CSU schools and tribal communities.



News from the AISC Library

The American Indian Studies Center Library is planning to refresh its look/design and environment. We are looking for students, alumni, community members, faculty, staff, ethnic studies colleagues, and other stakeholders to take our survey to help us “Indigenize the Library!” Please take this survey and let us know what you think! It is easy and quick to take and we won’t move forward without your valuable feedback:

The American Indian Studies Librarian visited the LA Skins Fest’s Native American Animation Panel at Netflix and the 2019 LA Zinefest to explore storytelling resources and potential vehicles for Native voices and student interests in L.A.


We want to invite students and our alumni and community friends to come by the library to come check out all the cool zines we acquired there and remind yourself what “reading for pleasure” means.




Summer Term hours for the American Indian Studies Center Library in Campbell Hall 3214 will be:


OPEN 9:30–12:30 (closed for lunch 12:30–1:30).
OPEN 1:30–5:00.


OPEN 9:30–12:30 and OPEN by appointment.


OPEN 1:30–5:00 and OPEN by appointment.


OPEN 9:30–12:30 (closed for lunch 12:30–1:30).
OPEN 1:30–5:00.


OPEN 9:30–12:30 and OPEN by appointment.

*Closed on holidays
*Occasional exceptions to hours will be posted on the library door, or noted on our website, Requesting a special appointment or calling with a question is always welcome. 310-206-7510

The librarian is looking for a work study student for the Fall Term. If you are interested in American Indian Studies, Libraries, or Indigenous research resources this is a great opportunity for you. Contact Joy at, or 310-206-7510


Representing Native Peoples: Native Narratives of Indigenous History and Culture

We are excited to announce the forthcoming special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal entitled Representing Native Peoples: Native Narratives of Indigenous History and Culture. Co-edited by Nicolas Rosenthal and Liza Black, this issue examines the ways in which Indigenous peoples have represented themselves and their communities in different periods and contexts, as well as through various media. Ranging across anthro­pology, art history, cartography, film studies, history, and literature, the authors go beyond the problems of cultural appropriation by non-Indians to examine Native people’s negotiations with prominent images and ideas.

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