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Happy Holidays from AISC!

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center would like to wish you happy holidays and best wishes for a happy new year! Just a friendly reminder that the Center will be closed for winter closure from Friday, December 21, 2012 to Tuesday, January 1, 2013.


See you next year!



Research Analyst, David Montoya, Says Goodbye to AISC


Save the Date: Fred Hoxie on This Indian Country

David Montoya Dear AISC Friends -

As some of you already know, I will be leaving my position as research analyst at the Center by December 14. While my time working in the Center has been relatively short, it has also been eventful and productive. A number of things stood out to me during my tenure but none more so than quality of our students. Simply put, they are amazing and made my time at the Center even more memorable.

I'd also like to give thanks to Director Angela Riley and Assistant Director Rebecca Rosser. They both work tirelessly to help the Native American community and are phenomenal people.

For those that wish to contact me as I embark on a new journey as a federal Indian law attorney, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for everything and Go Bruins!

-David J. Montoya III, Esq.


Hoxie12.jpg Fred Hoxie on This Indian Country
A conversation with Professor Peter Nabokov


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

12 p.m. – 2 p.m.

Hacienda Room, UCLA Faculty Center


Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to by January 4.



Books will be available for purchase. Credit Card/Debit Card only (no cash or checks accepted).



Professor Fred Hoxie is the Swanlund Professor of History at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he is also affiliated with the College of Law and the American Indian studies program.




Save the Date: Experiences of an Environmental Justice Advocate


Past Events Recap

EnvironJusticeFlyr_final.jpg Dr. Joseph K. Lyou will provide tales of woe, intrigue, setbacks and victories as he recounts his 22 years as an environmental justice advocate in California.  He will review the history of key environmental justice policy debates, discuss the challenges confronting environmental justice advocates and provide insights into the perspectives and experiences of California's environmental justice leaders.


January 10, 2013 4:00-5:30 p.m.  

UCLA Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics 

Lecture Hall 1200


RSVP by January 3, 2013


Part of the UCLA Environmental Justice Initiative The Making of Saint Kateri – The First American Indian Saint of the Catholic Church - On November 29, 2012, Clementine Bordeaux and Rebecca H. Rosser led a discussion about the historic event of  Catherine “Kateri” Tekakwitha becoming the first American Indian saint to a Catholic Church.


iacfallforum014.jpg 2012 Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum & Reception – On December 3, 2012, IAC and the four Ethnic Studies Centers honored 2012-2013 IAC Visiting Scholars, and Predoctoral /Graduate Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees.



Other News and Events


Joint Tenure or Tenure-Track position, Native American Studies


Las Posadas at the Autry

Native American Studies. Occidental College and the Autry National Center invite applications for a joint tenure or tenure-track position starting in fall of 2013. Rank, discipline, and research and teaching specializations are open, however, scholars with expertise in the societies and cultures of the Southwest or California Indians are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate would teach three courses at Occidental College and would work at the Autry National Center in program development, exhibition planning, and community outreach. Read more about the job posting.


Applications should be sent to Ms. Patricia Micciche, Native American Studies Search Coordinator (History Department M-13), Occidental College, 1600 Campus Road, Los Angeles, CA 90041. All materials are due by December 15, 2012. Sunday, December 16
4-6 pm, at the Autry in Griffith Park


The Autry celebrates this Mexican tradition in which children portray Mary and Joseph on their journey seeking shelter prior to the birth of baby Jesus. A musical procession will wind through the museum with stops at gallery entrances that serve as the "inns." Following the final stop, guests will proceed outdoors for La Pastorela, a performance by Grandeza Mexicana and Harmonies Girls Choir that depicts - through music, humor, and dance - the pilgrimage of the shepherds who travel to Bethlehem to see baby Jesus. Join us for hot chocolate and cookies after the performance.


Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members.



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