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APRIL 2018
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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

We are just about a month away from NAISA 2018! We hope you are all getting excited about this major event. If you are a student, don’t forget to sign up to volunteer on the NAISA 2018 website, and get free admission to the meetings. Also, everyone, don't forget to get your tickets for the Saturday evening event: great entertainment, and proceeds go to support United American Indian Involvement (UAII). And let's all thank Mishuana Goeman for her tireless efforts to bring this amazing conference to UCLA! 

In the meantime, we have many great events coming your way in April; please see below for details!

Warm regards,
Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


AICRJ special issue on Indigenous Food Sovereignty

Check out the latest edition of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (vol. 41, no. 3), guest-edited by Natale Zappia. This special issue, Indigenous Food Sovereignty: Native Health, Food Systems, and Economic Revitalization, includes articles by Devon Mihesuah, Elizabeth Hoover, Amelia Katanski, Christina Hill, Morgan Ruelle, and Enrique Salmón.


NAISA 2018 Annual Meeting

May 17–19, 2018
InterContinental Hotel
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90017

From May 1719, 2018, the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.

Registration is now opened:

Program Changes:  March 5
Early Registration: April 15
Hotel Special Rates: April 15
Program Ad Submission: April 30th (Payment must be received by the 30th)
Program Participation: May 1
Exhibitor Booth: May 1

NAISA special hotel rates end April 15th. After this date, the rates will go up exorbitantly! We advise booking as soon as possible.

Call for Volunteers:
If you would like to volunteer for 8 hours of conference help, please download and complete the application. Please email applications to Michael Cox at Graduate students volunteers are particularly welcome! Conference registration will be waived for volunteers.

NAISA 2018 website:


Office Hours with Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo

Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo is offering office hours during her visiting scholar appointment at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. All office hours are held in 3215 Campbell Hall.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2 – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2 – 4 PM

Book Talk: UC Davis historian Andrés Reséndez's The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, April 24, 2018
4 PM
Bunche 6725

Andrés Reséndez is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. It was also a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2nd longlisted for the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

Reséndez grew up in Mexico City, where he received his BA in International Relations. He briefly went into politics and served as a consultant for historical soap operas (telenovelas). He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and the University of California, Davis where he is a history professor and departmental vice chair. His other books include A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (Basic Books, 2007), and Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800–1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Hosted by the UCLA Department of History. Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.


Reflections on Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention, April 25
4 PM
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

Presentation Room

Presented by Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant professor of global
studies and anthropology at The New School in New York City

This talk offers a unique opportunity to think through the arguments of Jaskiran Dhillon’s new book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (University of Toronto Press, 2017). Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations, with a careful and deliberate focus on the lives of Indigenous youth, in the city of Saskatoon, Canada.


NAISA Supported Events

Check out these events occuring around NAISA!

NAISA Indigenous Education Preconference
Wednesday May 16, 2018

8 am to 6 pm
UCLA Faculty Center
The preconference theme is Community-Engaged Research in Indigenous Education—Setting a 21st Century Agenda. Session panels and roundtables will explore Culturally Sustaining Pedagogy, Indigenous Community-Based Language Revitalization, Indigenous Higher Education Research, Tribal-University Partnerships, Teacher Education and Teacher Partnerships, Indian Boarding Schools Before and After, and Indigenous Thought and Education Research, among other topics.

Critical Latinx Indigeneities NAISA Pre-Conference
Wednesday May 16, 2018
UCLA Campus

Situating "Latina/o" within the hemispheric and historical circumstances of multiple imperial formations and colonial entanglements, the Critical Latinx Indigeneities precoference focuses on the experience of indigenous migrants from Latin America to the United States. Participants analyze how Zapotec, Mayan, Mixtec, Quechua, and other indigenous migrants—and second generation, US-born youth—conceive of belonging based on their own epistemologies as well as the political economies, social dynamics, and cultures of the places to which they migrate.


Friday, May 18, 2018
7 to 10 PM Opening

May 17–June 3, 2018
12 PM to 6 PM, Thursday and Friday
11 AM to 6 PM Saturday
11 AM to 5 PM Sunday
118 Winston Street, 2nd Fl, Los Angeles, CA
THESE DAYS will present a gallery exhibit featuring The People's Home, Wintson Street 1974.


To Native Beauty: Indigenous Music, Dance and Spoken Word Poetry
Saturday, May 19, 2018
InterContinental Los Angeles Downtown
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90017
This important event will benefit the United American Indian Involvement, Inc (UAII); the largest provider of human and health services to American Indians/Alaskan Natives liviing in Los Angeles. Join us for an event highlighting the best of dance, music, and spoken word poetry from Natives who now call the urban centers home. A silent auction will be on display for high end items for your consideration. This event will also feature the history of service from UAII along with the many collaborations that have helped the organization continue to fullfil its goal desire to uplift the community.


Sunday at the Autry Museum of the American West
Sunday, May 20, 2018
10 AM – 5 PM
Autry Museum of the American West

Present your NAISA conference badge for complimentary admission to the Autry Museum during regular museum hours, featuring special programming: The Chia Café Collective and Artbound, “The Art of Basketweaving” (KCET, 2018).

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