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MARCH 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,

.Spring is (almost) upon us, and the Winter Quarter will be wrapping up this month. We hope you have all enjoyed this beautiful weather as Los Angeles heads into spring. The Center is delighted to be a co-sponsor of an upcoming event marking the repatriation of ancestral human remains to the Wiyot Tribe pursuant to the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act. It is also time again for AISA's much-loved Youth Conference and Basketball Tournament. Scroll down to learn more about these and other events.

As always, thank you for your support of the American Indian Studies Center.

Jagenagenon (all my relations),
Angela R. Riley
Director, AISC
Professor of Law



Upcoming Event: Wiyot Repatriation Discussion

Please join UCLA in celebrating the culmination of a decade long effort to repatriate ancestral remains to the Wiyot Tribe.

Representatives from the Wiyot Tribe and NAGPRA committee will join students, staff, and faculty to mark this special occasion. Former Wiyot Tribal Chairwoman, Cheryl Seidner, will discuss the significance of the event as well as its relationship to tribal and cultural sovereignty.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012
12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Discussion
Student Activities Center, Basement Rooms 1 & 2
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Sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange


Announcement: We want to hear from you!

aisccolorlogo.pngWe want to hear from you! The American Indian Studies Center is currently undertaking a project that explores the history and presence of American Indians at UCLA since its establishment in 1919 through today. We would love to hear your story about your own experiences with UCLA and/or with the American Indian Studies Center. Anyone interested in contributing to this project can contact our Research Analyst, Leah Shearer, at

AISC Welcomes New Senior Editor, Judy DeTar

Judy DeTarJudith DeTar holds a doctorate in English from the University of Southern California. Broadly, her research interests include cultural studies, feminism, and gender studies. Her dissertation and current book project, Real Work: Nineteenth-Century Actors, Science of Mind, and the Novel examine the t0 in literature of a new understanding of common human behavior given the neuroscientific discoveries in the nineteenth-century of a deeply embodied mind, an understanding that helped undermine cultural constructions of race, class, and gender. While at USC she taught undergraduate honors literature and also served as senior assistant thesis editor for the Graduate School. She is senior editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal.

Save the Date: Native American Student Advocacy Institute Diversity Conference Native American Student Advocacy Institute celebrates individual triumphs over educational inequities, and provides opportunities for educators and community leaders to form partnerships to ensure postsecondary access and excellence for Native American students.

Tuesday-Wednesday, May 22-23, 2012

Visit NASAI Diversity Conference website for more information and to register online.


Recap: 2012 IAC Winter Forum and Reception

On Monday, February 27th, 2012, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures held a winter forum and reception honoring the 2011-2012 IAC Visiting Scholars, Predoctoral /Graduate Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees and celebrating the launch of the re-envisioned Institute of American Cultures.

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American Indian Studies Center * Asian American Studies Center * Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies * Chicano Studies Research Center

Other News and Events

Save the Date: 2012 Youth Conference, March 23, 2012 at 1:00pm until Sunday, March 25, 2012 at 5:00pm
John Wooden Center
221 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1612

The American Indian Student Association at UCLA is proud to announce the 13th Annual American Indian Youth Conference and Basketball Tournament!!!

8 Girl Teams and 8 Boy Teams will face off in the basketball tournament all 3 days of the conference! Trophies for 3rd, 2nd , and 1st place will be awarded!

Youth participants will also be able to partake in Cultural, Health/Wellness, Academic, and Art workshops brought to you by American Indian professionals, and community partners on and off campus

UCLA Student Activiites Center will house the workshops on Saturday, March 24

The "All-Star Game" will allow Native youth basketball players from the boys & girls teams to challenge UCLA Students, Alumni, and Community members to a game of basketball! A Youth Conference tradition worth Watching =)

Please join us for a weekend of Youth Empowerment, Community, Culture and Tradition. SEE YOU ALL THERE!!!

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