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Message from the Director

Dear friends of the AISC,

Happy New Year and welcome back! While 2017 may be a challenging year in a variety of regards, the AISC will continue to bring together scholars, community members, students and alums, to think through issues of importance to indigenous peoples and to contribute to meeting the challenges. To that end, please see below for announcements of our February events. Hope to see you there!

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


News from the American Indian Studies Center Publications

The next issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (40.3) is now posted online. It includes articles that address topics ranging from Alexie’s use of the blues in Reservation Blues, to the Pawnee trauma of genocide, to Indian renaming strategies, to activists’ deployment of Internet memes on behalf of freeing Leonard Peltier, to reflections on urban migration, to a reexamination of Abraham Lincoln’s legacy. In addition, the issue features six poems by José D. Trejo-Maya and twenty book reviews.


Save the Date: Taking Control: A Hawaiian Chief, Indigenous Worlds, and the Fringes of Empires, February 2, 2017
3:00 – 5:00 PM
Gold Hall Room, B313
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Join us for a special lecture presented by Professor David A. Chang, Department of History at the University of Minnesota. Professor Chang is a historian of race and ethnicity in Hawai'i and the United States, focusing especially on the histories of American Indian and Native Hawaiian people. Refreshments will be available.
Hosted by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Save the Date: Damaging Minds and Bodies: Trauma, Violence, and the Criminal Justice System

Friday, February 10, 2017
11 AM – 6 PM
Charles E. Young Research Library

Saturday, February 11, 2017
11 AM – 6 PM
Location TBA

This symposium will address the destructive impact of the US criminal justice system — including through policing, courts, jails, prisons, and immigration detention facilities — on the physical and mental health of racially and economically vulnerable communities, people with disabilities, and families. A central theme and purpose of the event involves confronting contemporary criminal justice practices as, essentially, a public health crisis. Some specific areas for dialogue and learning include the degenerative health effects of prison and detention conditions, collective trauma and terror within communities of color stemming from police violence, justice system treatment of sexually vulnerable and gender-nonconforming people, deaths of incarcerated people with mental illness, the invisibility of indigenous people in contemporary dialogue about policing and incarceration, racial profiling, detention and persecution of Muslim, Arab, and Middle Eastern people, and the relationship between healthcare and social service disparities and vulnerability to arrest and incarceration.

Hosted by Repair; co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center



Save the Date: Pursuing the PhD: Process of the PhD Path, Application Tips, and Choosing a Program, February 15, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 PM
Public Affairs Building, Room 4357

Pursuing the PhD?
Lunch will be served.
RSVP required at

Come and find out about doctoral programs from three UCLA professors. The panel will include Dr. David Shorter (World Arts and Cultures/Dance), Dr. Shannon Speed (Gender Studies, Anthropology), and Dr. Ananda Marin (Education).
Recommended for Undergrad and Graduate Students.

UCLA is a tobacco-free campus. All-day parking ($12) and short-term parking (payable at pay stations) are available in Lots 2, 3 and 4 (enter the campus at Hilgard and Westholme avenues). For more information, call 310-825-7315.


Institute of American Cultures 2017–2018 Research Grant Program in Ethnic Studies

The Institute of American Cultures (IAC) invites applications for support of research on African Americans, American Indians, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os for 2017–2018. 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, 2017 through May 31, 2018.

Applications are available November 15, 2016 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 13, 2017. 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:

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

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