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APRIL 2019
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Message from the Director

Chokma AISC friends and family,

Welcome to spring quarter! Don't miss our exciting spring events, listed below.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


UCLA AISC Library Hours

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center is pleased to announce the following hours for the Library:

Joy Holland, Associate Librarian
3214 Campbell Hall [Map It]
(310) 206-7510

Librarian Hours: Mondays-Fridays, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm

Reading Room & Reference Hours:
M, W, Th, F: 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Tuesdays: 8:30 AM to 1:30 PM and 5:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Hours are subject to change. Exceptions posted on library’s door.





Calling on UCLA American Indian Studies Alumni

As many of you know, 2019–20 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the American Indian Studies Center and the Interdepartmental Program. We are trying to complete a comprehensive history of the center in time for the anniversary. To that end, student workers have interviewed some of the first students and faculty in the program. Now we would like to identify others who were here between 1970 and 2010.

If you are interested in being interviewed, or if you know of someone you think we should interview, please email Pamela Grieman at For funding reasons, we will first focus on those located closest to Los Angeles, but we are particularly eager to find students who were here during the early days. Thanks so much for your time and consideration! We look forward to hearing from you! Just send an email to




Carrying Our Ancestors Home, May 1, 2019
5:30 –7:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium, UCLA Fowler Museum

Join the UCLA American Indian Studies Center for this special event as we launch the new digital project "Carrying our Ancestors Home" and talk through the land acknowledgment and its importance in engaging a new path forward with tribal communities. Discussions will include UCLA as a land grant institution, the state of NAGPRA and a Q&A with Mishuana Goeman (Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs), Shannon Speed (Director of the American Studies Center), and Wendy Teeter (Curator of Archaeology at the Fowler). 

Reception to follow.
RSVP required at  

Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Fowler Museum, and Office of the Chancellor.



The 34th Annual UCLA Pow Wow"Empowering Education"
Presented by the UCLA American Indian Student Association
Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5, 2019
UCLA North Athletic Field

FREE and OPEN to the public
Parking is $12 per day in lots 4 & 7

Host Northern Drum: Sharp Shooter
Host Southern Drum: Hale & Company
Head Man: Jacob Pratt
Head Woman: Dominique Lombardi
Outgoing Ms UCLA Pow Wow: Autumn Brown
Master of Ceremonies: TBD
Arena Director: Victor Chavez
Color Guard: Golden State Gourd Society
Tabulator: Lambert Yazzie

For more information contact:
Vendor inquiries: Cesar Barreras,
For Ms Pow Wow Pageant contact:

Absolutely no alcoholic beverages or drugs. AISA is not responsible for the theft of loss of any personal belongings.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Book Talk: As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice from Colonization to Standing Rock, May 14, 2019
4–6 PM
Bunche Hall 6275

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center presents a special book talk with Indigenous researcher, activist, and author Dina Gilio-Whitaker on her forthcoming As Long as Grass Grows: The Indigenous Fight for Environmental Justice, from Colonization to Standing Rock, which "explores the fraught history of treaty violations, struggles for food and water security, and protection of sacred sites, while highlighting the important leadership of Indigenous women in this centuries-long struggle" (

Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) is a lecturer of American Indian Studies at California State University San Marcos, and a consultant and educator in environmental justice policy planning.  Dina’s research focuses on Indigenous nationalism, self-determination, environmental justice, and education. She also works within the field of critical sports studies, examining the intersections of indigeneity and the sport of surfing. Dina brings her scholarship into focus as an award-winning journalist as well, contributing to numerous online outlets including Indian Country Today, and most recently the Los Angeles Times.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.


Brokering the Sacred: The Ethics of Collecting Native Art, May 15, 2019
5:00 PM, reception
6–7 PM, panel discussion
Lenart Auditorium at the UCLA Fowler Museum

The repatriation of Native arts over a thirty-year period (1990–2020) has demonstrated the sustainability of Indigenous knowledge and survivance strategies. How might this moment speak to the viability of the arts as cultural transmitters rather than solely objects of capital worth? The ethics of collecting are debated by a panel of experts. 

Participants include Mercedes Dorame, Tongva artist; Andrew Meyer, Visiting Graduate Researcher at UCLA Latin American Institute and Coordinator of the California Hub of the Institut des Amériques; Wendy Teeter, Curator of Archaeology, Fowler Museum; Nancy Marie Mithlo, Professor, UCLA Department of Gender Studies and Matthew Robb, Chief Curator, Fowler Museum.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, the Fowler Museum at UCLA, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures, and the California Hub of the Institut des Amériques.

Image Credit: Dyani White Hawk, Stealing Horses Back (detail), 2016. Courtesy of the artist and Bockley Gallery.


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