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AUGUST 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 staying cool as summer heats up. Here at the Center we have been busy coordinating exciting new developments to facilitate the continued growth and expansion of American Indian Studies at UCLA that we want to share with you.

We are delighted to announce that in 2013 we will welcome Professor Randall Akee to UCLA. An economist by training, Professor Akee received his doctorate at Harvard where he worked extensively with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. He will be joining the Department of Public Policy in the School of Public Affairs in 2013.  We also extend a warm welcome to Professor Benjamin Madley, who specializes in California Indian history and the history of the American west. Educated at Yale and Oxford, he joins the UCLA History Department this fall from the Native American Studies Department at Dartmouth College.  Both hires were made possible by the hard work of two stellar search committees, who we recognize for their outstanding hard work and dedication.

In other exciting news, we will be launching a new AISC website in September 2012. Led by a fabulous in-house team – including Publications Manager, Pamela Grieman and IT Coordinator, Jamie Chan – the Center has completely revamped its website and newsletter with an innovative look and feel, which will also brand our hard copy materials. Please keep an eye out for our launch next month and then continue to visit us online to enjoy our new website and stay updated on our community’s events by using the new events calendar.

Also, do remember that our website (current and future) is updated almost daily with job postings, events, and opportunities.  One such position is the opening for a new Director of the Tribal Learning Community and Education Exchange (TLCEE), opened now to qualified candidates.  Scroll down for more details on this exciting job posting. And check back often for more dynamic opportunities.

We are excited about growth and changes made possible in large part by your participation, vision, and continued support. All of us at the Center remain greatly appreciative and anticipate an outstanding new academic year. We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Angela R. Riley
Director, American Indian Studies Center
Professor of Law


AISC Welcomes Professor Randall Akee to UCLA

After a thorough, national search, AISC is proud to announce Professor Randall Akee will join the faculty in UCLA School of Public Affairs, Department of Public Policy in 2013. You can read more about Professor Akee here.


AISC Launches New Website in September 2012

The Center is excited to announce the upcoming launch of AISC’s website. The Center is currently revamping the website’s look as a way to rebrand itself under the new Institute of American Cultures (IAC) and incorporate the colors and feel of UCLA. The new website allows for user-friendly navigation and easy browsing. It is set to launch in Fall 2012.



“The Tools of a Cartographic Poet: Unmapping Settler Colonialim in Joy Harjo’s Poetry” by Professor Mishuana Goeman

Cover Page“The Tools of a Cartographic Poet: Unmapping Settler Colonialim in Joy Harjo’s Poetry”

Mishuana Goeman
Full Text: PDF.

Michelle Erai
Full Text: PDF.

Published by settler colonial studies, volume 2, number 2 (2012)
settler colonial studies is a peer reviewed academic journal, which is published twice a year.

Urban Indian Roundtable Recap

LA Indian Roundtable Leaders 8.08.12.jpgOn August 7, several UCLA faculty and staff -- including Professors Angela Riley and Duane Champagne and AISC Research Analyst, David Montoya -- joined community members in an Urban Indian Roundtable.



Save the Dates: Don’t miss out on these upcoming events!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Insight Exhibit Opening at the Autry
5-7 pm, Autry National Center

Thursday, October 25, 2012
Race & Hollywood
4-8 pm, UCLA Faculty Center

February 2013
IAC Launch
Location and Time TBD

Thursday, February 28, 2013
Lecture by Professor Mishuana Goeman, targeting issues at the intersection of ethnicity, identity, and information
Time TBD
Location: Charles E. Young Research Library
Co-sponsored by: American Indian Studies Center, Charles E. Young Research Library, Department of Information Studies

Thursday, April 25, 2013
Environmental Justice Series Speaker, Julian Aguon
Location and Time TBD

Check back at our website for more information:


Other News and Events


Job Opportunity: TLCEE Director

Job Title: Director
Salary: $62,700 - $117,700 annually 
Job Type: Contract 
Department Name: 0250-LAW  

The Tribal Learning Community and Education Exchange (TLCEE) Program's primary objective is to increase educational exchange and learning between tribal communities and UCLA by mutual sharing of knowledge, developing strategic policies and initiatives that address contemporary tribal issues and by promoting greater recruitment, participation, and retention of indigenous students in higher education. The TLCEE Director is responsible for a range of functions to ensure the success of the TLCEE Program. Those functions include strategic planning, financial management, program development, outreach, community engagement, and student advising. It is critical that the Director collaborate and update all key stakeholders including the NNLPC Co-chairs, program faculty, advisory council, community-based partners and donors on the activities of the program through regular meetings. In conjunction with key stakeholders, the Director will: develop the strategic direction and goals of the program, create the annual operating budget with sensitivity to expanding existing resources through donor cultivation and grant opportunities, and ensure there is a consistent and strong presence in tribal communities. The Director is also responsible to recruit, advise and mentor current and prospective students on academic options, career opportunities and internship/externship placement.  

For more information and to apply, visit:


Job Opportunity: AIR is Hiring

It is that time of year when the American Indian Recruitment project is looking for the staff for the 2012-2013 academic year. As you all may know, AIR works directly with American Indians in grades K-14 in Southern California with the goal of increasing the number of American Indians in higher education. AIR is composed of 4 components that help towards this goal; weekly tutoring sites that work with youth in Los Angeles County, a Higher Education Awareness component that visits youth at Southern California reservations, a Community College component that works with community college students on transferring to a 4-yr university, and a Parent's component that works with parents to help advocate for resources for their children.

AIR is looking to fill all positions for the upcoming year. If you are interested please complete the application linked below. If you have any questions please feel free to contact Kendra Buck at

Call for Papers Now Available for NAISA 2013 in Saskatoon, Canada

NAISA's 2013 annual conference will be held June 13-15 in Saskatoon, Canada, hosted by Native Studies and other programs at the University of Saskatchewan. Mark your calendars now for another exciting NAISA meeting! See the attached Call for Papers, which invites submissions of proposal abstracts. DEADLINE: November 15, 2012.


12th Annual Indian Law Conference

Friday, October 12, 2012
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Mixer will be held Thursday evening




United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP)

United Nations Indigenous Peoples’ Partnership (UNIPP)
Delivering as One UN at the country level in partnership with indigenous peoples and governments
UNIPP Poster 2.jpg
More details about UNIPP:


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