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MARCH 2018
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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Happy March! Please see below for information about our exciting upcoming events. And be sure to mark your calendars for the upcoming Native American and Indigenous Studies Association meetings, May 17–19!

Warm regards,
Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


[DEADLINE TODAY] Institute of American Cultures: 2018-2019 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 2018-2019. 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, 2018 through May 31, 2019.

Applications are available November 1, 2017 and must be received by 11:59 p.m., March 1, 2018. 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:

Click here for a preview of the application pages.


SAVE THE DATES: Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference

May 17–19, 2018
InterContinental Hotel
900 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, California 90017

From May 1719, 2018, the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts will welcome NAISA, the largest scholarly organization devoted to Indigenous issues and research, to Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.

Registration is now opened:


Program Changes: March 5
Early Registration: April 15
Hotel Special Rates: April 15
Program Ad Submission: April 15
Program Participation: May 1
Exhibitor Booth: May 1

NAISA special hotel rates end April 15th. After this date, the rates will go up exorbitantly! We advise booking as soon as possible.

Call for Volunteers:
If you would like to volunteer for 8 hours of conference help, please download and complete the application. Please email applications to Michael Cox at Graduate students volunteers are particularly welcome! Conference registration will be waived for volunteers,

NAISA 2018:


Meet and Greet with Dr. Stephanie Gilbert, March 5, 2018
12:30 PM
3232 Campbell Hall

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center invites you to a meet-and-greet with Dr. Stephanie Gilbert, Fulbright scholar. Dr. Gilbert joins UCLA on a PostDoctoral Fulbright Scholarship to research further her work in body, identity and inheritable trauma.
Food and drinks will be provided. RSVP at!


Indexology, Human Ranking, and Pseudo-Science: A Critical Perspective from the Global South, March 6, 2018
12– 2 PM
Rolfe 2125

Guest lecture featuring Professor Steve Ratuva, Fulbright Senior Scholar. This lecture will explore the latent consequences of neoliberalism in the forms of compartmentalization, stratification, and commodification of knowledge.
Refreshments will be provided! To RSVP, please visit our Eventbrite page:

Hosted by the UCLA Department of Asian American Studies. Generously co-sponsored by: American Indian Studies Center, Asian American Studies Center, Asia Pacific Center, Interdepartmental Program in American Indian Studies


Office Hours with Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo

Dr. Nancy Marie Mithlo is offering office hours during her visiting scholar appointment at the UCLA American Indian Studies Center. All office hours are held in 3215 Campbell Hall.

  • Thursday, April 19, 2 – 4 PM
  • Tuesday, May 15, 2 – 4 PM

Book Talk: UC Davis historian Andrés Reséndez's The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, April 24, 2018
4:00 PM
Bunche 6725

Andrés Reséndez is the author of The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America, winner of the 2017 Bancroft Prize. It was also a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2nd longlisted for the 2017 PEN/John Kenneth Galbraith Award for Nonfiction.

Reséndez grew up in Mexico City, where he received his BA in International Relations. He briefly went into politics and served as a consultant for historical soap operas (telenovelas). He received his Ph.D. in History at the University of Chicago and has taught at Yale, the University of Helsinki, and the University of California, Davis where he is a history professor and departmental vice chair. His other books include A Land So Strange: The Epic Journey of Cabeza de Vaca (Basic Books, 2007), and Changing National Identities at the Frontier: Texas and New Mexico, 1800–1850 (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Hosted by the UCLA Department of History. Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.


Reflections on Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention, April 25
4 PM
UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

Presentation Room

Presented by Jaskiran Dhillon, Assistant professor of global
studies and anthropology at The New School in New York City

This talk offers a unique opportunity to think through the arguments of Jaskiran Dhillon’s new book Prairie Rising: Indigenous Youth, Decolonization, and the Politics of Intervention (University of Toronto Press, 2017). Prairie Rising provides a series of critical reflections about the changing face of settler colonialism through an ethnographic investigation of Indigenous-state relations, with a careful and deliberate focus on the lives of Indigenous youth, in the city of Saskatoon, Canada.


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