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MAY 2014
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Reflections on Water: The Sharing of Intercultural Encounters, May 10, 2014
Fowler Museum at UCLA, 12:00pm
Curator and Artist lead tour of From the Heart of Santa Madera

Reassemble for Speakers
Rolfe Hall Yard, 1:30pm

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This summit provides an opportunity for individuals to share first-hand encounters around the theme of water and resistance. This year has been California’s driest year on record, a drought that resonates with similar extreme environmental changes across the world. The responses to the drought in California have been extremely variable and parallel other global concerns on water and the environment. Artist, Rigo 23’s exhibition From the Heart of Santa Madera, provides an opportunity to create a gathering that will explore ongoing indigenous issues around water and its importance. Water feeds the mountains, feeds the land, and feeds the human and nonhuman. These connected spaces are needed for the passing of language and tradition and life itself. Community speakers will lead the conversations within these themes to hear how they are engaging towards preservation of the land and water. It will not be a stagnate conversation, but invite participation to discuss and be a part of inspiring new ideas. It will be open to the public to attend and hear more directly from California native communities. Speakers include: George Blake (Yurok), Brian Tripp (Karuk), Thomas Poor Bear (Vice Chairman of the Oglala Lakota Tribe), Cindi Alvitre (Tongva), Craig Torres (Tongva), Kathy Bancroft (Lone Pine Paiute), and Annelia Hillman (Yurok).



Dr. Michelle Jacob Presents a Talk on her book, Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing, May 15, 2014
1:00 PM
Young Research Library, Room 11348

Michelle Jacob (Yakama), PhD, is an Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of San Diego. Dr. Jacob teaches ethnic identity and American Indian Studies courses. Her research areas of interest include: health, education, and decolonization. Dr. Jacob will discuss her book, Yakama Rising: Indigenous Cultural Revitalization, Activism, and Healing.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and UCLA Cesar E. Chavez Department of Chicana/o Studies



Watch the Roadmap for Making Native America Safer on YouTube

The one-day symposium, A Roadmap for Making Native America Safer, has been added to AISC’s YouTube Channel. Indian Law & Order Commission (ILOC), special guest commentators, and the UCLA American Indian Studies Center's Partners for Justice: UCLA Institute on Criminal Law in Indian Country present a special one-day symposium showcasing the ILOC report on the state of justice in Indian Country.

YouTube: Watch it all here


Stefanie Renaud, UCLA School of Law Student, Awarded NNALSA 2L of the Year Award

Congratulations from the UCLA American Indian Studies Center!

UCLA School of Law Student Stefanie Renaud was awarded the National Native American Law Students Association (NNALSA) 2L of the Year award this year at the Annual Federal Bar Association Indian Law Conference. The award recognizes a student who contributes outstanding legal services to the Native American Community.



Other News and Events


Crystal Roberts-Mesa Scholarship Fundraiser

Friday, May 9th, 2014
Club Azul Ultra Lounge
127 W. Main Street
Alhambra, CA 91801

$20 presale, 2 tix for $30, $10 for students We will be holding a silent auction, some dancing, and a 50/50 ticket sale. And the Comedy Caliente group will provide a comedy show.

Join the American Indian Alumni of UCLA to help raise funding for the Crystal Dawn Roberts-Mesa Scholarship. This fundraiser will help raise scholarship funds for American Indian students at UCLA who participate and engage with the American Indian community outside of campus. We want to support students to become advocates for their community, and to remember that learning involves more than classes, books, and examinations.


Culture Fix: Rigo 23 on Rigo 23, May 22, 2014
7:30 PM

Fowler Museum at UCLA
Speaker: Pamela Peters, artist
Free film screening and conversation

Director: Kent Mackenzie, 1961, 72 minutes, black and white)
One of the images in Rigo 23’s exhibition comes from the rarely screened 1961 film The Exiles, a film that chronicles one night in the lives of young Native American men and women living in the Bunker Hill district of Los Angeles. Based entirely on interviews with the participants and their friends, the film follows a group of exiles—transplants from Southwest reservations—as they flirt, drink, party, fight, and dance.

Peter Nabokov, UCLA Worlds Arts and Cultures Professor, introduces the film followed by a talkback with artist Pamela Peters

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Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center


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