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APRIL 2012 E-Newsletter
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
News & Announcements | Events | Library | Research | Publications

Message from the Director

Dear Friends of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center,

We hope you're having a wonderful spring quarter. We have numerous events on the calendar over the next few weeks that we hope you can attend. Scroll down to read more. And, of course, this weekend is the 27th Annual AISA PowWow and we hope to see you all there!

Jagenagenon (all my relations),
Angela R. Riley
Director, AISC
Professor of Law



This Weekend: 27th Annual UCLA Powwow

20120417133119897-1.pngSaturday, April 21, 2012
10am – 10pm

Sunday, April 22, 2012
10am – 7pm

Located on the North Athletic Field on the UCLA campus, we welcome all of you to our 27h Annual UCLA Powwow; for a day full of dancing, singing and great company, we hope to see you all there!

Hosted by American Indian Student Association at UCLA

For more info: (310) 206-7513

Announcement: We want to hear from you!

aisccolorlogo.pngWe want to hear from you! The American Indian Studies Center is currently undertaking a project that explores the history and presence of American Indians at UCLA since its establishment in 1919 through today. We would love to hear your story about your own experiences with UCLA and/or with the American Indian Studies Center. Anyone interested in contributing to this project can contact our Research Analyst, Leah Shearer, at


Announcement: Seeking Yellow Thunder Recipients

aisccolorlogo.pngThe AISC is seeking to get in touch with past recipients of the Yellow Thunder Scholarship, which has offered support to students for decades. If you received a scholarship through this fund, we'd love to hear from you. Please contact our Research Analyst, Leah Shearer, at


Upcoming Event: Queer Settler Colonialism, Anti-Racism, and Two-Spirit Critique

two-spirits.jpgPresented by Scott L. Morgensen, Associate Professor Gender Studies, Queens University
Respondent: Elton Naswood (Navajo), Director, Red Circle Project
Moderator: Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Seneca), Assistant Professor, Women's Studies, UCLA

Monday, April 23, 2012
4-6 P.M.
Rolfe 2125

Two-Spirit activists have worked within Two-Spirit movements and within their nations to decolonize gender and sexuality among Native people. In the process, Two-Spirit activists have demanded antiracist and anticolonial activism in queer / trans movements. In white settler states, queer / trans movements form under conditions of white-supremacist settler colonialism; but only rarely do they target those conditions for critique. Anti-racism by people of color does challenge racism and many forms of colonialism in queer / trans politics. But what happens if racism on stolen land is understood to derive from the ongoing settler colonization of Native nations: a power that conditions all politics on that land, including antiracism?

This talk revisits how Two-Spirit activists have formed and led coalitions with queer / trans people of color that model the responsibility of queer / trans movements to challenge settler colonialism. Such alliances brought queer / trans people of color to critique their own capacity to act as settlers or to reinforce the colonization of Native peoples. Moreover, these histories indicate that for white people in settler states to become agents of antiracism, they must first come to grips with their status as white settlers. These lessons proceed from Two-Spirit and allied activists of color who made challenging settler colonialism a central axis of queer / trans work.


Upcoming Event: UCLA Library Writer Series Presents Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas

HedgeCoke_talk[1][1].pngSing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas
Allison Hedge Coke

Tuesday, May 15
1 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room
Free; Unreserved Seating

Allison Hedge Coke came of age working in fields, water, and factories, and her work combines musicality and vivid imagery to reveal profound truths of culture, class, and the fragility of the human condition. Winner of the American Book Award for her first collection of poetry, Dog Road Woman (1997), she currently holds the Reynolds Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska Kearney and is on the visiting faculty of MFA programs at the University of California, Riverside and Naropa University.

Hedge Coke has given readings at international poetry festivals in Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, and Venezula. Her books include the poetry collection of Off-season City Pipe (2005), the memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (2004); and the verse play Blood Run (2006), created to lobby for legislation and protection of this indigenous site spanning the border of Iowa and South Dakota. She edited eight additional collections, including Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas (2011), and Effigies II (2012)

Presented in collaboration with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Chicano Studies Research Center, and Latin American Institute


Save the Date: Native American Student Advocacy Institute Diversity Conference Native American Student Advocacy Institute celebrates individual triumphs over educational inequities, and provides opportunities for educators and community leaders to form partnerships to ensure postsecondary access and excellence for Native American students.

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 22-23, 2012

Visit NASAI Diversity Conference website for more information and to register online.


Event: AIGSA Presents Student Brown Bag Series

Brown Bag 2.jpgThe American Indian Graduate Student Association AIGSA invites you to our Brown Bag Seminar Series - a casual space for students to mingle and share their research. All students, faculty, and staff welcome!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
12 Noon – 2 p.m.
Presentation Room, Charles E. Young Research Library



  • Peter DuBois, Alaska Native Corporations and Traditional Economic Ethic
  • Maddie Soboleff Levy, Alaska and Federal Sea Otter Hunting Laws


Other News and Events

Pacific Asia Museum Presents Kimono in the 20th Century

March 30, 2012–March 10, 2013
46 North Los Robles Avenue
Pasadena, California 91101
Museum Admission Rates Apply

A kimono is, for Japan, a signal of native culture, and it indicates to the world that its wearer has dignity, class, and an artistic sense. By the dawn of the twentieth century, with most men wearing the kimono only at home or for artistic occasions, styles for women became standardized, the manner of tying the obi was set, and sleeve lengths, fabric weaves, or colors gave social cues. More…

Autry National Center
4700 Western Heritage Way, Los Angeles, CA 90027 | 323.667.2000
Hours: Tue.– Fri., 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.; Sat. and Sun., 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Job Opportunity: Director of American Indian Collections

The Director of American Indian Collections has administrative responsibility for the curatorial program associated with the diverse American Indian holdings of the Autry National Center. The Director will provide leadership and direction in planning, developing, and implementing curatorial work expressed through exhibits, research, documentation, and publications.

The Director will serve as the Autry's lead curatorial representative to the American Indian communities, helping ensure that American Indian voice, sensibilities and concerns are appropriately reflected in Autry curatorial efforts. The Director will represent the Museum in contacts with professional organizations and the academic community. He or she will ensure timely publication of research, development of exhibits, public programs, and special events.

Minimum Qualifications:

* Ph.D. in a relevant field from an accredited University, with minimum five years of administrative, curatorial and/or academic experience is expected.
* Demonstrated achievement through publications and exhibit development in relevant areas required.
* Keen understanding of American Indian history, contemporary issues and concerns and the role that material culture plays in American Indian life
* Excellent verbal, presentation skills

Qualified individuals from under-represented communities are encouraged to apply. Please email your resume and salary history to

Job Opportunity: Oral History Interviewer in American Indian History, 5400-GENERAL LIBRARY

Requisition Number: 17135  
Working Title: Oral History Interviewer in American Indian History  
Salary: $3463 - $6697 monthly  
Job Type: Contract
Department Name: 5400-GENERAL LIBRARY
Percentage of Time: 43%  
The Oral History Interviewer for American Indian History conducts and processes oral history interviews on the American Indian Relocation Program and/or on other topics related to American Indian history in Los Angeles as determined in consultation with the Head of the Center for Oral History Research (COHR). 

The Center for Oral History Research is a subunit within UCLA Library Special Collections. COHR documents the history of Southern California through interviews with individuals who have participated in the region's most salient social and political trends. COHR's collection includes interviews on the arts, social movements, politics and government, education, and a variety of other areas. COHR has four career staff members and three to four student assistants. In addition to collecting interviews, COHR offers oral history instruction and advice and partners on oral history projects with the campus community and with the Los Angeles community at large. 

Quicklink To Posting:  


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