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Message from the Director

Chokma AISC friends and family,

Happy February! Please see below for our exciting February programming.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


The Future of American Indian Gaming: The Next 30 Years

Thursday, February 14, 2019
9 AM–12 PM EST
Brookings Institution
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
The 1988 Indian Gaming Regulatory Act (IGRA) established the National Indian Gaming Commission as a means to support tribal economic development and self-sufficiency, promote robust tribal governments, and ensure tribes as the primary beneficiaries of gaming activities. Thirty years later, what impact has American Indian gaming had on local tribal communities? What are the challenges for the industry going forward in the next 30 years?
On February 14, Brookings will host a symposium bringing together U.S. and tribal government officials, academics, and experts to discuss what’s next for the American Indian gaming industry. Our discussions will be aimed at identifying emerging issues, challenges, opportunities, and implications for the industry and tribal citizens alike.

A live webcast will be available to stream. Click here to register for the webcast!





The Tyranny of Ethnonyms in Multiethnic Worlds, February 15, 2019
–6 pm
Fowler Museum A222 (Seminar Room)

Dr. Stacie King, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Associate Faculty for the Center for
Latin American and Caribbean Studies; Indiana University Bloomington.

This talk explores the challenges that ethnonyms create when trying to reconstruct histories of multiethnic landscapes in the ancient world.

Hosted by the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.





Dawnland Film Screening and Panel Discussion, February 20, 2019
5–7:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium in the UCLA Fowler Museum

Join us for a special screening of Dawnland followed by a panel discussion with Sandy White Hawk from the Truth and Reconciliation committee, Chris Newell, senior advisor and cultural educator of Pasamaquoddy issues, and Brighid Pulskamp, Indian Children Welfare Act (ICWA) Community Tribal Leader.


For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. As recently as the 1970’s, one in four Native children nationwide were living in non-Native foster care, adoptive homes, or boarding schools. Many children experienced devastating emotional and physical harm by adults who mistreated them and tried to erase their cultural identity.

Now, for the first time, they are being asked to share their stories.
In Maine, a historic investigation—the first government-sanctioned truth and reconciliation commission (TRC) in the United States—begins a bold journey. For over two years, Native and non-Native commissioners travel across Maine. They gather testimony and bear witness to the devastating impact of the state’s child welfare practices on families in Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy and Penobscot tribal communities. Collectively, these tribes make up the Wabanaki people.

The feature-length documentary Dawnland follows the TRC to contemporary Wabanaki communities to witness intimate, sacred moments of truth-telling and healing. With exclusive access to this groundbreaking process and never-before-seen footage, the film reveals the untold narrative of Indigenous child removal in the United States.


Bittersweet Dreams: A Performance by Petrona de la Cruz Cruz

Wednesday, February 20, 2019
6–8 PM
Royce 314

Bittersweet Dreams, a performance by Petrona de la Cruz Cruz, relates the story of a Mayan girl from the Chiapas highlands who overcomes obstacles and traumas to find personal peace and creative fulfullment.

Petrona de la Cruz Cruz is a Tzotzil Mayan playwright and actor from Tzinacantan, Chiapas. She is a founding member of FOMMA (Fortaleza de la Mujer Maya), an organization that uses theater to empower indigenous women. She won the Rosario Castellanos Chiapas Prize for Literature in 1992 and has served as a state advisor for human rights in Mexico.

Free & Open to the Public. This performance will be in Spanish and English and contain explicit references to sexual violence.

Hosted by the UCLA Latin American Institute. Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.





Poetic Resistance: An Evening with Remi Kanazi

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6–7:30 PM
Glorya Kaufman Hall 200

The globally recognized poet, organizer, and performer will share his distinct spokenword presentation, followed by a conversation with Dr. David Shorter, Professor of World Arts and Cultures/Dance.

Join us for a discussion of boycott tactics among artists and art programmers, as well as reflections on the politics of withholding art.

RSVP and I.D. required
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Hosted by the UCLA Department of World of Arts Culture/Dance. Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.




Special AICRJ issue "Settler Colonial Biopolitics and Indigenous Resistance"

The next issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal is now available online! Guest edited by René Dietrich, this issue offers a discussion of settler-colonial biopolitics as it targets Indigenous life across a range of transnationally related, yet distinct, sites of colonial settlement, including Australia, El Salvador, the United States, and Canada. It includes a response essay by J. Kēhaulani Kauanui and a conversation with poet Deborah Miranda.



IAC 2019–20 Research Grants: Applications Now Opened!

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2019–2020. The Institute also invites proposals on interethnic relations that will increase collaboration between the Centers and/or between the Centers and other campus units.

Eligibility Requirements:
UCLA faculty, staff, graduate students, and IAC Visiting Scholars.

Funding: The Research Grant Program is on a reimbursement basis only. Funds for the purchase of permanent equipment will be provided only under exceptional circumstances. Conference travel, whether the applicant is presenting or attending, is not reimbursable.

Grant Period: July 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.

Deadline: Applications are available November 1, 2018 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2019. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Applicants will be notified in May.
Prior to submission of the application, applicants should briefly discuss their proposal with the Coordinator of the appropriate Center, or in the case of interethnic proposals, with each applicable Center. All grant recipients, where appropriate, must comply with UCLA’s Protection of Human Subjects in Research before receiving funding.

To Apply: Application is available online at:


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