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January 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,

Happy new year and welcome back to campus! We hope you had a joyful and restful holiday season.  Here at the Center we are excited to announce several programs already set for 2012, including an upcoming book reading and discussion with the ever-provocative and engaging David Treuer. Scroll down for more information on this and other events.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

Megwetch (thank you),
Angela R. Riley



Save the Date: Are Reservations Stand-Ins for Indians? Sovereignty, Identity, and Authenticity in David Treuer's Rez Life're invited to attend a reading by Dr. David Treuer from his latest book, Rez Life, a powerful, gritty, and poignant memoir/history that details life in his Great Lakes Ojibwe homeland. Philip Deloria calls Treuer "one of the most provocative voices in American Indian literary writing and criticism" and recommends Rez Life for "those who really want to understand Indian casinos, fishing rights, poverty, alcohol, spirituality, family, crime, war, law, sovereignty, violence, love, dedication, endurance...." The reading will be followed by a thought-provoking Q&A with Peter Nabokov, UCLA Professor of World Arts and Culture and author of A Forest of Time: American Indian Ways of History  and Where the Lightning Strikes: the Lives of American Indian Sacred Places.
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
UCLA Faculty Center, Sierra Room [Campus Map]
Light refreshments will be served

If you'd like to request parking on campus, please send your full name to and include in the subject line "Parking Request for Treuer 2/8".

DrTreuer.jpgDAVID TREUER is the author of three novels and a book of essays. His writing has also appeared in Esquire, Bomb, Granta, The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, and He is the winner of a Pushcart Prize, the Minnesota Book award, and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Bush Foundation. A professor of literature and creative writing at USC, he divides his time between Los Angeles and Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.


Call for Applications: 2012-2013 IAC Visiting Scholar/Researcher Program in Ethnic Studies

Visiting Scholar appointments are for persons who currently hold permanent academic appointments and Visiting Researcher are for newly degreed scholars. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university at the time of appointment. UCLA faculty, staff, and currently enrolled students are not eligible to apply. Completed applications are due by February 1, 2012. Recipients will be notified in early April.

For further information and applications, please contact the IAC coordinator of the appropriate UCLA Ethnic Studies Research Center and visit our website at

New Publication: The Indian Civil Rights Act at Forty by Kristen A. Carpenter, Matthew L.M. Fletcher, and Angela R. Riley

Congress passed the Indian Civil Rights Act of 1968 (ICRA) to address civil rights in Indian country. ICRA extended select, tailored provisions of the Bill of Rights-including equal protection, due process, free speech and religious exercise, criminal procedure, and property rights-to tribal governments. But, with the exception of the writ of habeas corpus, Congress did not establish a federal enforcement mechanism for violations of the Act, nor did it abrogate tribal sovereign immunity. Thus, ICRA has been interpreted and enforced almost exclusively by Indian tribes and their courts. This collection of essays, gathered on the fortieth anniversary of ICRA, provides for the first time a summary and critical analysis of how Indian tribes interpret and apply these important civil rights provisions in our contemporary world. The authors have found that, while informed by ICRA and the dominant society's conception of individual rights, Indian nations are ultimately adapting and interpreting ICRA in ways consistent with their own tribal traditions and beliefs. In some respects, ICRA parallels the broader experiences of tribes over the past forty years-a period of growth, revitalization, and self-determination for many Indian nations.

358 pp.
$40 paper
10-digit ISBN 0-935626-67-0
13-digit ISBN: 978-0-935626-67-4


Recap: "A View from the Inside": A Conversation with Officials from the Department of the Interior's Office of the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs


On Wednesday, January 11, 2012, the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the Native American Law Student Association hosted an intimate discussion session with Donald (Del) Laverdure, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs, and Bryan Newland, Senior Policy Advisor to the Assistant Secretary - Indian Affairs.


Other News and Events

The Occupy Movement Considered: An UCLA Roundtable

occupy roundtable copy.jpgCome hear activists and organizers discuss what worked, what didn't, and what's next….

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Kaufman Hall 200

Overpoliced and Underprotected: Women, Race, and Criminalization | UCLA Law Review Symposium, January 27 & 28, 2012

We are pleased to invite all of you to the 2012 UCLA Law Review Symposium, "Overpoliced and Underprotected: Women, Race, and Criminalization." Please join us on Friday, January 27, and Saturday, January 28, 2012. For the latest information about panels and speakers please visit: RSVP: click here

If you're on Facebook, "like" our Symposium page, which can be found at : 2012 UCLA Law Review Symposium You can also follow us on Twitter:

For inquiries, please email Symposium Editors Alisha Burgin & Brittany Goodnight at: .


The Significance of The Frontier in An Age of Transnational History Symposium, The Huntington Library international symposium on the concept of the frontier in its global contexts, presented by the Huntington-USC Institute on California and the West

Saturday, February 25, 2012
8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friends' Hall, The Huntington Library
San Marino, CA

All lectures and roundtables are free and open to the public. A luncheon with the participants will be available for $10 (students) and $20 (faculty and public). Please RSVP by contacting


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