May 2020

American indian Studies Center Monthly Newsletter

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Dear AISC Friends and Family,

I hope you are staying safe and well in these troubling times. Over the last month, we’ve been working hard to address the pandemic, conducting research on its impact on our communities and channeling support to Indigenous students at UCLA who are experiencing hardship due to the crisis. To date, we are proud to have given more than $22,000 to support 22 undergraduate and graduate students in need, including a contribution of $5,000 from IDP Chair Mishuana Goeman.

We gratefully acknowledge contributions from the AIS IDP and the Institute of American Cultures to the student fund. Student need is still great, so we have partnered with UCLA Development to create an emergency fund to support students, which launched on Giving Tuesday. Many sincere thanks to all who have contributed so far to our fundraising campaign. We are so grateful for your support of the AISC and Indigenous students at UCLA.

Chincokma’ni sabanna/Be well,

Shannon Speed,

Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


For up to date information on the COVID-19 outbreak, please access:

UCLA acknowledges the Tongva People

AISC at UCLA acknowledges the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the Taraaxatom (indigenous peoples) in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors), 'Ahiihirom (Elders), and 'Eyoohiinkem (our relatives/ relations) past, present and emerging.


May 2020 Newsletter


Due to the COVID-19 epidemic the UCLA 35th Annual Pow-Wow at Wallis Annenberg Stadium and the 50th Anniversary UCLA Alumni celebration have been canceled.


In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the American Indian Studies Center (AISC), we are highlighting our alumni in a monthly Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging feature. You can read about our illustrious alums on our website and social media pages (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter). This month, we are highlighting Native Bruin Temryss Lane.


Temryss Xeli'tia Lane is from the Golden Eagle Clan of Lummi Nation, a Coast Salish tribe in Washington State. Temryss is the Director of the Indian Country Team at Pyramid Communications, a Seattle-based public relations and strategic communications firm that supports tribes and tribal organizations in telling their stories and generating visibility for Indigenous leadership. She holds a Master's degree in American Indian Studies from UCLA, is a Nike N7 Ambassador, and is on the board for the Chief Seattle Club.

As a defender, Temryss played soccer professionally, semi-professionally, and collegiately for the likes of Balinge IF (Damallsvenskan, Uppsala, Sweden), Ajax of America, California Storm, Arizona State University, and briefly for the U23 US national team. Her experience brought her on global adventures in North America, Central America, South America, Africa, the Caribbean, and the Pacific Islands. Playing led to a career in sports broadcasting, as a journalist and analyst for Fox Soccer, Fox Sports, Bein Sports, MLS and Pac-12 Networks.

A self acknowledged “student of the body”, Temryss frequently presents on culturally-specific solutions that address challenges to wellness within the Indigenous Community.

“The higher education journey I took as a Native Bruin set me on a path of growth, empathy and leadership that has propelled me into the next season of my life. Following a life in professional sports and media, academia—the guidance of the professors, advisers, and fellow Native graduate students—helped me situate myself as a Lummi woman with an expanded worldview and commitment to social justice and Indigenous sovereignty. I’ve since returned home to the Salish Sea to be closer to my family and tribe, Lummi Nation. My grandparents would always tell me to go out into the world, learn as much as you can, then come back here and tell us what you’ve learned. Now, in integrating myself as a student of the body, traveled footballer-defender, and scholar, I’ve evolved my practice into communications strategy, supporting land-based defense and tribal leadership to amplify Indigenous visibility. Next to my ancestors, I credit my UCLA Native Bruin journey for steering me home.



The American Indian Studies Center Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary.

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) was founded in 1969 as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Native communities. The AISC serves as a hub of activities for Indigenous students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community, as well as serving as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. We foster innovative academic research by students and faculty, publish leading scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies, and support events and programming focused on Indigenous issues.




We want to assure you that the editorial staff of the American Indian Culture an Research Journal are continuing to work remotely through UCLA’s temporary office closures. Please continue to submit articles to Editor-in-Chief Randall Akee at However, because we are working from home during this time, we will temporarily be unable to fulfill book orders until further notice. Please do not hesitate to contact Pamela Grieman with any publications-related concerns at And please stay safe and healthy!


New! Special AICRJ Issue on Blackness and Indigeneity

Keep an eye out for the next issue of theAmerican Indian Culture and Research Journal on “Rethinking Blackness and Indigeneity in the Light of Settler Colonial Theory.” Guest-edited by Circe Sturm, this special issue explores the intersections of Blackness and Indigeneity from two primary analytic and theoretical frames, critical race theory and settler colonialism (vol. 43, no. 2).

CFP: “COVID-19 AND Indigenous Peoples: Public Health Impacts and Outcomes”

Editor-in-Chief Randall Akee, along with guest editors Stephanie Carroll and Chandra Ford, are issuing a call for papers for a special volume of the AmericanIndian Culture and Research Journalfocused on COVID-19. They welcome submissions from any region of the globe and will entertain perspectives from various viewpoints and disciplines. Due Dates: June 1, 2020: Submit an abstract of 500 words or less

  • June 15, 2020: Selected abstract authors will be notified.
  • August 1, 2020: Final papers will be due.
  • For more information, go to

American Indian Studies Center Publications

The Center's publications unit operates as a small independent press, one of the few that prizes Native voices in works of creative writing, community handbooks, and academic publications. Our flagship publication is the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ), which has been recognized as one of the leading serial publications on Native American life and issues. In addition to publishing works on contemporary and historical American Indian issues, law, and politics, the press publishes books of plays, poetry, and fiction.




Due The UCLA American Indian Studies Center Library continues to be a resource for students and patrons through the spring term and during our distance learning experience. To set up a reference appointment, contact Joy Holland, the Librarian at Zoom reference appointments can be scheduled M—F.

Our colleagues in the UCLA Library continue to create research guides with digital resources, e-books, and other materials for your research and subject interests. Check this guide out by Katherine Kapsidelis on Online Resources with Temporarily Expanded Access in order to find books, articles, and other materials in full text. Many of these resources are accessed through database portals for which you will need Bruin access, which is provided via a VPN (a virtual private network) and authentication system. If you do not yet have one established, here is a linkto set one up through UCLA’s IT Support Center. Stay safe, stay sane, and stay tuned for more news and resources next month and on our social media feeds.


Come “drop-in” and set up a personal reference appointment with the librarian, ask a basic question, or just chat about your concerns or for information/support needs for the term. The librarian is here to support you. Check UCLA AISC Library Facebook page: @aisclibraryucla Twitter: @aisclibrary, Instagram: @aisclibraryucla!

Recent book acquisitions for the AISC library.

This term we will be adding lots of e-books too!


UCLA Library has put together a webinar series aimed at helping students adjust to remote learning and address their concerns about the transition.

Whether it's a drop-in data lab, learning how 3D modeling can be used as a research tool or developing a research plan, the Library offers workshops to help you succeed.

Initial topics covered include:

  • Developing study routines
  • Finding course resources
  • Helpful markup applications
  • Making connections with peers and professors
  • Reading effectively


Many publishers are making their university press collections at least partially available during this time when access to physical libraries is limited. Presses like University of New Mexico Press, University of Arizona Press, University of Hawaii Press and several others are known for their American Indian Studies and Indigenous subject matter. Instead of browsing at the book store with your latte in hand, enjoy a cup of home-brewed coffee and browse through this list of publishers and their collections available now on (Project Muse), one of many databases opening up some digital collections to the PUBLIC (not just to the campus community).


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