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APRIL 2015
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Please consider donating to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center to support students, research, and programming.

Message from the Director

Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community,

Spring has arrived! We are enjoying beautiful weather as the spring quarter kicks off, and we are thankful for the recent blessing of much-needed rain.

Events will be occurring throughout the remainder of the spring semester, and we will keep you apprised of activities here and through our website. Make sure and save the date for the 30th Annual AISA Pow Wow Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, 2015 and the IAC’s 45th Anniversary Gala Wednesday, May 20, 2015! More updates to come soon.

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


UCLA IRLE Presents Labor, Entertainment, & Sports Conference, Entertainment, & Sports: An Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Inquiry
Friday-Saturday, April 17-18, 2015
Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills Hotel
Los Angeles, CA

Register Now!

Join us as we present the UCLA Institute for Research and Employment's 2015 conference on Labor, Entertainment, & Sports: An Intersectional and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. The conference will take place at Crowne Plaza Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles, CA on Friday and Saturday, April 17-18, 2015.

For more information, visit


Thinking in Pictures: Inuit, Colonialism, and the Unbidden Image Stevenson (McGill University)
Monday, April 20, 2015
3 - 5 PM
352 Haines Hall

with reception to follow

UCLA Department of Anthropology
Co-sponsored by UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA American Indian Studies Program, & UCLA Division of Social Sciences

Eastern Oceania: Indigenous Seascapes and Geographies

Monday, April 20, 2015
Haines Rm 220

The Mapping Indigenous LA (MILA) project at UCLA invites the public to join us for an afternoon discussion with noted community activist and educators:

Ti’at Collage, Photo courtesy of Craig Torres (Tongva)

Cindi Alvitre (Tongva)
Mario Borja (Chamorro)
Kehaulani Vaughn (Kanaka ‘ÅŒiwi)

In this symposium, we seek to explore the indigenous crosscurrents and connections between indigenous communities in Southern California. We invite you to a discussion of the following questions: What initially inspired you to turn to Indigenous navigation in your life’s work? What is it about encountering other Indigenous peoples, whether it is in the aesthetics or politics of Indigenous knowledge or in terms of Indigenous protocols, that you find important in your relationship with navigation communities?  And how does an understanding of canoe cultures enable you to engage the indigenous geographies of California and the indigenous seascapes of greater Oceania?


Save the Date: The 30th Annual UCLA Pow Wow by the UCLA American Indian Student Association
Saturday-Sunday, May 2-3, 2015
UCLA North Athletic Field

Open to the Public and Free Admission
Dancing and Singing Contest
All Dancers and Singers welcome!
Ms. UCLA Pow Wow Pageant
Parking Available in Lot 4 & 7 - $12/Day
Gourd Dancing 11 AM | Grand Entry 1 PM
Dance Registration Closes at 2 PM on Saturday

Attendees are encouraged to bring your own chairs and canopies

For more information contact:
UCLA Pow Wow Committee
3201 Campbell Hall, Box 951548
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Phone: 310-206-8043
For vendor information contact: Michaela Polacca

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

Help Us Honor Our 2015 American Indian Graduates!

Your donation to the UCLA American Indian Blanket Fund will be used to purchase a Pendleton blanket for each of our graduating students.
Please send your tax deductible donation to:
Clementine Bordeaux
Academic Coordinator
UCLA American Indian Studies Program
3220 Campbell Hall, Box 951548
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Make checks payable to: UC Regents
The deadline for donations is Friday, May 8, 2015.

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