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MID-MAY 2012 Events Update
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
News & Announcements | Events | Library | Research | Publications

Upcoming Event: UCLA Library Writer Series Presents Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas

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Allison Hedge Coke

Tuesday, May 15
1 p.m.
Charles E. Young Research Library
Presentation Room
Free; Unreserved Seating

Allison Hedge Coke came of age working in fields, water, and factories, and her work combines musicality and vivid imagery to reveal profound truths of culture, class, and the fragility of the human condition. Winner of the American Book Award for her first collection of poetry, Dog Road Woman (1997), she currently holds the Reynolds Chair of Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska Kearney and is on the visiting faculty of MFA programs at the University of California, Riverside and Naropa University.

Hedge Coke has given readings at international poetry festivals in Argentina, Canada, Colombia, Jordan, and Venezula. Her books include the poetry collection of Off-season City Pipe (2005), the memoir Rock, Ghost, Willow, Deer (2004); and the verse play Blood Run (2006), created to lobby for legislation and protection of this indigenous site spanning the border of Iowa and South Dakota. She edited eight additional collections, including Sing: Poetry of the Indigenous Americas (2011), and Effigies II (2012)

Presented in collaboration with the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, Chicano Studies Research Center, and Latin American Institute


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.


Other News and Events

Second Annual Crystal Bash- Scholarship Fundraiser! the American Indian Alumni of UCLA to help raise funding for the Crystal Dawn Roberts-Mesa Scholarship. This scholarship will help American Indian students at UCLA who participate and engage with the American Indian community outside of campus. We want to support students to become advocates for their community, and to remember that learning involves more than classes, books, and examinations. 

May 11, 2012 9pm-2am
House of Blues- Sunset Strip
8430 Sunset Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

Tickets are 
$20 at the door
$15 general admission
$10 student admission

Please come out and support this great effort and event! You can purchase tickets from: Kenny Ramos, the AISA president, along with Theresa Stewart and Teresa Caro, the RAIN and AIR Directors, respectively. Additionally, SIAC Adviser Jose Leon also have tickets to sell. Finally, you can send an email to to inquire about tickets.


American Indian Studies Research Symposium, May 25 are invited to thesis presentations by our American Indian Studies graduating Master's Degree students!
+ plus short panel discussions given by students from the undergraduate "Working in Tribal Communities" Service learning course.
Time: 11:30am-1:30pm
Location: UCLA - TBA
Lunch will be provided. RSVP:

Sponsored by American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program and the Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange.

TLCEE Pimu/Catalina Island Cultural Resource Practitioner's Training Now Accepting Application for Summer 2012 us for native cultural resource practitioner's training June 30 - July 8, 2012 on Pimu/Catalina Island

Learn the latest information on these topics & sharpen important skills:
• acquire a practical working knowledge of survey, excavation, and lab techniques • learn how archaeology is practiced • gain a better understanding of federal and state laws as well as processes that apply to cultural resources in the public sector

Guest lecturers will share insight into the experience & process through case studies
Tuition: $500 (covers course instruction, on island housing & transportation, and meals during week) Space is limited.

Dr. Wendy Teeter, Curator of Archaeology, Fowler Museum at UCLA Desiree Martinez (Tongva), Ph.D. Candidate, Harvard University Karimah Kennedy-Richardson, Staff Archaeologist, Southwest Museum of the Autry National Center

Sponsored by UCLA Tribal Learning Community & Educational Exchange Program Partial scholarships available For more detailed course info:


Native Voices at the Autry's 14th Festival of New Plays

Public Readings of New Works

Staged readings are free
Reservations are recommended
For more info or reservations please visit our website

The Hummingbirds
By Elizabeth Frances (Cherokee)
Kimberly Norris Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai, Cherokee), and Shyla Marlin (Choctaw) Friday, June 1, 7:30 p.m.

The Bird House
By Diane Glancy (Cherokee)
Saturday, June 2, 2:00 p.m.

Distant Thunder
A Native American Musical

Book by Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Blackfoot) and Lynne Taylor-Corbett Music and Lyrics by Shaun Taylor-Corbett (Blackfoot) and Chris Wiseman Saturday, June 2, 7:30 p.m.

2012-2013 Academic Year Job Openings- Retention of American Indians Now!

2012 RAIN Hiring Flyer.pngCommunity Members, Colleagues and Perspective employees,
The American Indian Student Association at UCLA will be hiring for Retention of American Indians Now! for the upcoming 2012-2013 Academic Year.  We are looking for staff for the following positions:
- Project Director (Full- Time, contracted July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013)
- Peer Counseling Coordinator
- Mentorship Coordinator
- Wellness Coordinator
- Peer Counselor
- Administrative Assistant
Inquiries are welcome prior to submitting application and can be directed to Theresa Stewart at (310) 206-8043, or at the Student Activities Center 105, or you can contact Emilio Hernandez at  All applications must be submitted on or before their respective deadlines (please see attached flyer) to the RAIN mailbox. Address:  RAIN Program, UCLA Student Activities Center, Suite 105, Los Angeles, CA, 90095.

Job Opportunity: Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays Production Assistant

Event Description
The Native Voices Playwrights Retreat and Festival of New Plays provides emerging and established Native American authors a rigorous opportunity to shape their plays over the course of an entire week. Collaboration occurs in daily workshops with nationally recognized directors, dramaturgs, and an acting company largely composed of exceptional Native American actors. The week culminates with a festival of staged readings at The Autry National Center in Griffith Park. The retreat/workshop portions will take place on the UCLA campus and at The Autry.

Job Description
Native Voices is looking for some great Production Assistants to help us out during our annual Playwrights Retreat and Festival. This is a great opportunity to gain some hands on experience and meet a wide variety of professionals and personalities. Upon successful completion of the week we will be happy to provide a letter of recommendation. The Production Assistant must be available for the entire length of the Retreat and Festival (May 26 - June 2), but please do not hesitate to apply if you have scheduling conflicts. All PA's will be paid a flat fee of $300.

The PA will be expected to:
• Participate in all scheduled activities and work with and assist the production staff, stage managers, and Retreat participants in coordinating the events, performances, and meals.
• Assist the Craft Services/Catering Manager and Retreat and Festival Coordinator in the week leading up to the Retreat with any tasks as needed to prepare for the Retreat and Festival.
• General office duties including making copies, delivering scripts and materials, organizing supplies, making phone calls, maintaining cleanliness of work spaces, compiling information for distribution, reservations and box office management, etc.

Desired Skills/Qualifications
• Organized and punctual
• Excellent communication skills
• Self-starter who can also follow instructions carefully
• An appreciation for, respect for, or desire to work in theatre, film, special events, or a related field.
• Not afraid of a little physical work, and able to lift heavy boxes, tables, etc.
• Must have own transportation or be willing to car pool.
• Basic computer skills. Knowledge of Mac and/or PC and Microsoft Word is preferable but not required.

To Apply please email
Write "Production Assistant" in the Subject Line
Send us a brief description about yourself, your qualifications and interest, and if possible, a resume.
Questions? Please email or call (323) 667-2000 ext. 299


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