Can't view this email? Click Here for Web Version
Add '' to your address book to prevent emails from going to your junk folder.
JUNE 2018
News & Events |Library | Research | Publications | Giving | Friends & Community
Please consider donating to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center to support students, research, and programming.

Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

The end of the quarter is here! We hope that classes are wrapping up well.

We enjoyed seeing many of you at the fantastically successful Native American and Indigenous Studies Association conference June 16–19. Many thanks to the incredible Mishuana Goeman for chairing the host committee, and to all the AISC staff and students who worked hard to make this such a terrific event. With over 1000 participants at the beautiful new Intercontinental Hotel in downtown LA, this was no small undertaking! The AISC is very proud to have served as the host institution.

We are looking forward to Native Graduation, June 15. See below for location, time, and a list of the students graduating. Congratulations graduates!!

Wishing you all a wonderful, restful, and productive summer,
Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Congratulations to the graduating class of 2018!

Graduate students:

  • Wiyaka (Marcus) Bear Eagle (Oglala Lakota)
  • Sina Bear Eagle (Oglala Lakota)
  • Patrick Burtt (Washoe Tribe of NV & CA)
  • Liz Fast Horse (Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians)
  • Kevin Hale (Diné, Navajo)
  • Shalene Joseph (A'aniiih, Koyukon Athabascan)
  • Shannon Rivers (Akimel O'otham, Gila River Indian Community)
  • Akimel O'otham (Gila River Indian Community)
  • David Streamer (Cahuilla, Los Coyotes)
  • Aaron Wilson (Piipaash, Maricopa of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community)


  • Tina Charley (Navajo)
  • Gabby Cirelli (Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake)
  • Della Mendivil (Tohono O'odham Nation)
  • Michaela Polacca (Hopi)
  • Little Dove Rey (Maidu, Miwok, & Nisenan, United Auburn Indian Community)
  • Mitchell Sabado (Ilocano and Kapampangan)
  • Minda Streamer (Los Coyotes Band of Cahuilla and Cupeño Indians)
  • Dannielle Zephier (Lakota)

The American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program is hosting the graduation celebration on Friday, June 15 at 4 PM in the Covel Commons, Grand Horizon Room.


People of the Earth: Life and Culture of the Tongva at the Santa Monica History Museum

Now Open! New Exhibit on the Tongva PeopleThe exhibit explores the history and cultural influence of the Tongva people, the original residents of the Santa Monica Bay area, who have lived in the area for 7,000 years. The exhibit displays artifacts from everyday life ranging from musical instruments to fishing nets woven from milkweed fiber.
Topics include community and social structure, use of plants, building methods, and profiles of significant figures. The exhibit also covers the presence of indigenous people today, and ongoing efforts to bring awareness to the local native population.

Santa Monica History Museum
1350 7th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Museum Hours:
Tuesday & Thursday: 12pm – 8pm
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday: 10am – 5pm
Sunday & Monday: CLOSED

General – $10.00
Couple (two adults) – $15.00
Seniors & Students – $5.00
Children under 12 – Free
Museum members – Free
Veterans & Active-duty military – Free


Stay Connected with AISC
To learn more about AISC,
visit our website

® All Rights Reserved. © UCLA American Indian Studies Center
405 Hilgard Ave., 3220 Campbell Hall, Box 951548, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1548
310.825-7315 | |

If you wish to unsubscribe to receive updates and e-newsletters from the UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC), please respond to this email and type "unsubscribe" in the subject field.  UCLA AISC maintains e-mail lists to inform visitors of Center news, special events/offers, publications, and academic information.  We do not sell, rent, loan, trade, or lease the e-mail addresses on our lists to anyone.  Additionally, our e-mail list subscription service does not divulge the e-mail addresses of the subscribers and cannot be used by anyone unless authorized by the UCLA AISC.