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Dear Friends of the American Indian Studies Center,

It is the season to give thanks, and we have much to be grateful for here at the Center. We deeply appreciate all of the support that you – our students, faculty, staff, community members, tribes, and friends -- have given us over the past year. We would not be able to continue this important work without you.

As we head towards the year's end, we are delighted to welcome a new staff member to the Center, Nicole Sieminski (Tulalip Tribes), who will serve as our Research Specialist. (Scroll down to read more about Nicole.)  We are also incredibly excited about our upcoming Race and Sovereignty Symposium, taking place March 31 – April 2, 2011. The Center is partnering with the Critical Race Studies faculty at the School of Law for a fabulous event that will bring in scholars from around the world to discuss their groundbreaking work in this area.  We welcome the participation of our AIS students in the planning and staging of the event.  We invite you to get involved, either by joining a committee or submitting a paper proposal. You can find out all the details about the Symposium by clicking here.

Our Publications Manager, Pamela Grieman, and the Publications Staff have been working hard on developing a new look for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Each of the four cover photos printed in the journal this year represents a different region in Native North America, as a visual reminder of the breadth and scope of the journal's coverage. And, beginning with AICRJ volume 35, number 1 (2011), the interior of the journal will feature a more contemporary look as well. We'd love to hear your thoughts on the new look. You can leave comments on our Facebook page or by emailing

Finally, we have many events planned for the winter and spring quarters, so please keep checking our website calendar for the latest news.  Also, the Events and Job Announcements section of our website are updated almost daily. Click here for the Latest Activities.

We hope you have had a wonderful year, and we wish you all the best as we head into 2011.

Megwetch (Thank you),
Angela R. Riley



Save Ethnic Studies: Arizona vs. Ethnic Studies Delegation Presentation at UCLA. Friday, December 3, 2010 at Ackerman Grand Ballroom, 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Contact: For more information, visit the website:



Assistant Researcher
Nicole Sieminski (Tulalip Tribes) received her B.A. in History and Native American Studies with a minor in Art History from Stanford University in 2003. After three years of working with Native collections in museums in Denver and Los Angeles, Nicole entered the UCLA School of Law and graduated with her J.D. in 2009. Prior to joining the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Nicole worked on a study of the administration of criminal justice in Indian country, funded by the National Institute of Justice.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 5th Annual Symposium: Race and Sovereignty, March 31st to April 2nd, 2010

Proposals may be for individual papers or whole sessions. All proposals should include the session or paper title, a 300-500 word abstract, the names, affiliations and CVs or resumes of all participants, and any audio-visual requests. Panels integrating practitioners or advocates, including both junior and senior scholars and/or including graduate or law students, are strongly encouraged. The deadline to submit proposals is January 7, 2011. Proposals should be submitted via email to Decisions regarding the selection of proposals will be issued on a rolling basis. All decisions will be announced by February 1, 2011


CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS - 5th Annual Symposium: Race and Sovereignty, March 31st to April 2nd, 2010

Student Volunteer Committees: Food Committee, Funding Committee, Plenary Speakers Liaison Committee, Logistics Committee, and Substantive Development Committee.

For more information about each committee and who to contact:


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