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JULY 2012 E-Newsletter
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
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AISC Welcomes New Assistant Researcher, David Montoya

David MontoyaDavid Montoya (Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo of New Mexico) graduated with honors from the University of California Irvine with a BA in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. Thereafter, he attended UCLA School of Law and completed his JD and MA in American Indian Studies. David's undergraduate thesis, Political Mobilization in the Catholic and Protestant Church, examined political mobilization techniques and effectiveness across different Christian communities in an election year. His graduate thesis, The Effects of Off-Reservation Gaming on the Federal Recognition Process, analyzed the possibility of gaming on non-contiguous reservation land and the political harm inflicted upon tribes seeking federal recognition.

During his time at UCLA, David worked with Professor Carole Goldberg on issues such as tribal sovereignty and the Indian Civil Rights Act. After graduation, David worked closely with Native Seeds Search, a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with indigenous communities across North and Central America to store seeds and other biological materials.

David passed the California State Bar Examination in February 2011 and has since been an active member of the Legal Aid Society of Orange County (LASOC). David helps run a weekly family law clinic for low-income community members and sits on the LASOC American Indian Law Panel. He also assisted in teaching civil litigation classes at UC Irvine's paralegal extension program during the 2011 winter quarter.


AISC Welcomes 2012-13 IAC Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor Renya Ramirez

picture of Renya RamirezAISC is pleased to welcome Associate Professor Renya Ramirez as the 2012-13 IAC Visiting Scholar this year. She will begin her year-long stay with the Center on July 17.

Ramirez is an associate professor in the Anthropology Department, Humanities Division at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her research interests include Ho-chunk biography, Urban Native Americans, diaspora, transnationalism, Native feminisms, gender and cultural citizenship, and relationship between Native Americans and anthropology, citizenship, and anti-racist education.


AISC Publications releases American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Volume 36, Number 1

The next issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, volume 36, number 1, is now available online. The print edition ships this week and should arrive in subscribers' mailboxes by the end of the month. This special issue, "Rhetoric and Legal Interpretation, Misinterpretation, and Reinterpretation," features articles by the following:

* PATRICK WOLFE, "Against the Intentional Fallacy: Legocentrism and Continuity in the
Rhetoric of Indian Dispossession"

* LARRY NESPER, "Twenty-five Years of Ojibwe Treaty Rights in Wisconsin, Michigan, and

* ANDREW FISHER, "The Misplaced Mountain: Maps, Memory, and the Yakama Reservation
Boundary Dispute"

* BENEDICT J. COLOMBI, "The Economics of Dam Building: Nez Perce Tribe and Global-Scale

* KEVIN WHALEN, "Labored Learning: The Outing System at Sherman Institute, 1902-1930"

If you have a UCLA email address, you can access the journal through the UCLA Library. From off-campus, you can access the full content for free if your library has a subscription. Otherwise, you can purchase single articles at or order the journal from us at Feel free to browse abstracts online at


Professor Kevin Terraciano wins Gold Shield Faculty Prize

Kevin Terraciano.Gold Shield Faculty Prize.Award Program 006Historian's hard work translates into gold

Kevin Terraciano, professor of history and acting director of UCLA's Latin American Institute, is the 2012 winner of the Gold Shield Faculty Prize.
Published: Friday, June 15, 2012
By Wendy Soderburg for UCLA Today

A UCLA history professor who is a leading scholar in the history of early Latin America has won the 2012 Gold Shield Faculty Prize, given annually by Gold Shield, Alumnae of UCLA.

Professor Kevin Terraciano, who also serves as acting director of UCLA's Latin American Institute, specializes in colonial Latin American history, especially the indigenous cultures and languages of central and southern Mexico. He is the only known translator of both the Mixtec and Nahuatl (Aztec) languages in the United States, and the only scholar in the world who is working with the Nahuatl, Mixtec and Zapotec languages — three major indigenous languages of Mexico — as they were written in the colonial period.

Terraciano won the prestigious Gold Shield Faculty Prize, which comes with an unrestricted cash award of $30,000, for his extraordinary achievements in research and creative activity and for outstanding teaching and university service.

Read the full article at the source


AISC Director and Professor of Law, Angela R. Riley, Publishes New Article

Angela R. RileyAngela Riley has published "Indians and Guns" in the Georgetown Law Journal.

Here is the abstract:

The Supreme Court's recent Second Amendment opinions establish a bulwark of individual gun rights against the state. District of Columbia v. Heller confirmed that the Second Amendment guarantees an individual the right to bear arms for self-defense, and the Court applied this analysis to the states via incorporation theory two years later in McDonald v. City of Chicago. As a result of these cases, it is often assumed that individual gun rights now extend across the United States. But this conclusion fails to take account of a critical exception: Indian tribal nations remain the only governments within the United States that can restrict or fully prohibit the right to keep and bear arms, ignoring the Second Amendment altogether. Indian tribes were never formally brought within the U.S. Constitution; accordingly, the Second Amendment does not bind them. In 1968, Congress extended select, tailored provisions of the Bill of Rights to tribal governments through the Indian Civil Rights Act but included no Second Amendment corollary. As a result, there are over 67 million acres of Indian trust land in the United States, comprising conspicuous islands within which individuals' gun rights are not constitutionally protected as against tribal governments. With Indian nations thus unconstrained—bearing in mind that gun rights and regulations are oftentimes set by tribal law—pressing questions regarding gun ownership and control arise for those living under tribal authority.



Professor Jessica Cattelino Mentioned in New York Times Article

Associate Professor Jessica Cattelino wins the SCA Cultural Horizons PrizeWith Casino Revenues, Tribes Push to Preserve Languages, and Cultures

Published: June 16, 2012

Jessica R. Cattelino, an expert on Indian gambling at the University of California, Los Angeles, said it was not "until the late 1990s that with electronic games we begin to see revenues sufficient to allow tribes to explore options for major philanthropy."

Read the full article at the source


Other News and Events

Fulbright Scholar Opportunities in South and Central Asia, 2013-14

There are more than 80 grants for US Scholars and professionals, open to all disciplines, in research and/or teaching ( Beyond India, awards are available across the diverse South and Central Asia region, from Kazakhstan to Sri Lanka. The South and Central Asia Regional Research award is great for comparative work, as scholars can undertake research in 2 or more countries in the region.

Catherine Johnston Matto
Assistant Director
Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South & Central Asia Regional Research Program
202-686-4020 |

Dianne Price
Program Officer
Bangladesh, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Maldives, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
202-686-8658 |

Dylan Gipson
Program Officer
Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South & Central Asia Regional Research Program
202-686-6245 I

Institute of International Education
Council for International Exchange of Scholars
1400 K Street NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20005

The Fulbright Scholar Program is administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars, a division of the Institute of International Education.

The competition for 2013-14 Fulbright Scholar grants is now open. The application deadline for most programs is August 1, 2012. U.S. scholars and professionals can learn how to present their credentials at


Upcoming Events at the Autry

The Autry Has a Summer of Fun Planned!
June 26–August 10, Tuesday–Friday
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
Beginning June 26, the Autry offers family-friendly activities every day, Tuesday through Friday, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., including the Family Discovery Gallery, gold panning, and lots more! And remember, Wednesdays are West Days at the Autry, with family tours of the galleries .

Every Saturday

Griffith Park Campus
Autry Farmers Market
Autry members receive 10% off at all Farmers Market vendors.
8:00 a.m.–Noon

Mt. Washington Campus
Highlights of the Southwest Museum of the American Indian Collection
10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. FREE to the Public

W. Richard 'Rick' West, Jr. to Lead Autry National Center

Prominent Museum Director and Native Legal Scholar Will Lead Museum Dedicated to American West Into New Era

June 20, 2012 (Los Angeles, CA) — The Board of The Autry National Center of the American West has announced W. Richard 'Rick'  West, Jr. will be joining the museum as its new President and CEO. He will be taking leadership of the organization as it moves into the next critical phase of its development as a premier museum, education center and research institution bringing together diverse experiences, collections, and stories that make Western history come alive.

As President and CEO, Mr. West will be responsible for all operations at the Autry from collection development and financial sustainability to institutional growth and visitor experience. He will oversee a team of 160 professionals as well as 300 volunteers, all dedicated to the Autry's core mission.

Read the full press article at the source


American Indian Law Clinic Position

The University of Colorado Law School seeks applicants for a clinical faculty position in its American Indian Law Clinic ( The Clinic was one of the first of its kind in the country, having been founded in 1992. The incoming clinical faculty member will be charged with assessing and creating a docket of cases and projects that will expose students to an array of issues of Indian law and to legal work in Indian Country. The faculty member will have primary responsibility for supervising students in their case or project work, and for organizing and teaching a companion clinical seminar. The faculty member also will have an opportunity to work with students as part of Colorado Law's broader American Indian Law Program.

Candidates must have a JD degree and a minimum of five years practical experience greatly preferred. Prior teaching experience is strongly preferred. Candidates must be licensed to practice law in at least one state and be eligible either to sit for the Colorado bar or to apply for an admission waiver.

To apply, candidates should mail a letter describing their interest, their initial thoughts on the kinds of cases or projects they would develop for the Indian Law clinic, including discussing why the range of work selected well prepares students to work on behalf of Native peoples or in Indian Country. The letter should also address a candidate's relevant practice experience and any prior teaching experience, and include a resume and the names of three references to Deborah J. Cantrell, Associate Professor & Director of Clinical Programs, University of Colorado Law School, Wolf Law Building, 404 UCB, Boulder, CO 80309-0404.  The deadline for applications is September 15, 2012. Teaching will begin August 2013. Colorado Law is an equal opportunity employer.


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