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Director Riley Lectured on the History of the Supreme Court and Native American Lands at the United States Supreme Court

On November 14, 2012, Director Angela Riley spoke in the Supreme Court chamber about the history of the Supreme Court and Native American lands. The lecture, which took place in the Supreme Court chamber, was one in a series hosted by the Supreme Court Historical Society on the Constitution, the Supreme Court, and property rights. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg introduced Professor Riley.

Watch the video at C-SPAN Video Library


Save the Date: Superdiversity California Style

Superdiversity California Style: New Approaches to Race, Civil Rights, Governance and Cultural Production

Thursday, February 28, 2013, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm & Friday, March 1, 2013, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room

Los Angeles has come to epitomize the global phenomenon of dramatically increased ethnic, racial, linguistic, and religious diversity.

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For additional information, please contact UCLA Institute of American Cultures:
Phone: (310) 825-6815


Event: Indian Land and Indian Gaming under the Obama Administration


 Save the Date: Symposium on Spatial Analysis of Social and Environmental Justice

Wednesday, February 13, 2013
12:00 - 1:30 PM
Room 2357, UCLA School of Law

Bryan Newland is a Member of Fletcher, PLLC, a firm based in Lansing, Michigan that provides tribal clients with legal and strategic consulting services on matters ranging from gaming and economic development to land use. Mr. Newland served as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team in 2008 and 2009 and later served as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs at the Department of the Interior from 2009 through 2012.

He will speak about the intersection of land and gaming policy under the Obama Administration and provide his unique perspective on how these policies might develop over the next few years.


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Luskin School of Public Affairs

Department of Urban Planning

Symposium on Spatial Analysis of Social and Environmental Justice

Part of the UCLA Environmental Justice Initiative

To receive invitations to these events please contact Kate Thomas,, to be put on the Environmental Justice Lecture Series List.

 Save the Date: Professor Mishuana Goeman’s Book Event


 Save the Date: Critical Race Studies Annual Symposium

Thursday, February 28, 2013
12:30 – 2:00 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library

Join us for a discussion by Professor Mishuana Goeman on her new book, Mark My Words: Native Women (Re)mapping Our Nations.


Thursday-Friday, March 7-8, 2013
Stay tuned for more information

Established in 2007, through a collaboration of CRS students and faculty, the CRS Symposium is the signature event of the UCLA School of Law's Critical Race Studies Program.  The purpose of the event is to foreground the most innovative ideas and strategies to end racial injustice, to promote learning and collaboration across disciplines, and to integrate racial justice theory and practice. 

Visit the Critical Race Studies website


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Tribal Supreme Court Project - URGENT MEMORANDUM

We need your help to protect the Indian Child Welfare Act. On January 4, 2013, the United States Supreme Court agreed to review the case Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a South Carolina adoption case involving the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) that has received great national attention. The case raises questions about the applicability of ICWA, but it also implicates fundamental federal Indian law principles that protect Indian laws and programs against constitutional challenges. The Supreme Court (the Court) will hear the case in April. Due to the time-sensitive nature of this case, your involvement is urgently needed.

The case concerns a child born in Oklahoma to an unwed Indian father and non-Indian mother. Before the child was born, the mother ended the relationship. At least two months before the birth of the child, without notifying the father, the mother decided to put the baby up for adoption. There are significant questions regarding faulty ICWA notice to the child’s tribe from the private adoption agency and missing information on other paperwork that facilitated the child’s transfer to the couple in South Carolina. The couple moved her to South Carolina approximately eight days after her birth and initiated an adoption proceeding there.

Click here to read the full memorandum (PDF)


UCLA Summer Sessions: Native Americans in Film and Video


Institute of American Cultures 2013‐2014 Fellowships & Grants information

Sessions A | June 24 to August 2 | Tues Thurs 5 - 8pm
Location: Physics and Astronomy 2748

This course will look at Native Americans in film from a variety of perspectives. We will discuss indigenous filmmaking as a distinct social practice in relation to Hollywood and explore themes such as images of violence, Indian women, and Native American humor. Finally, we will look at how the movies’ style and techniques impact Native American images today.

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The IAC has made funds available annually through its visiting scholar and fellowship programs and its research grants.

IAC visiting scholar/researcher and graduate/predoctoral fellowships are competitive awards that support scholarship on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os.


For more information, visit the Institute of American Cultures website.


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