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Message from the Director


Dear Friends of AISC,

We are delighted to commemorate Native American Heritage Month with a series of featured events.  In addition to numerous Center-led gatherings, we are also co-sponsoring the engaging work of other campus entities.  In fact, don’t miss Professor Kim Tallbear’s talk today in YRL, Beyond Life/Not Life! (Details below.)  For easier planning, we’ve included in this newsletter save the dates for our Speaker Series, Good Native Governance Conference, as well as a year-long calendar of events.  Please mark your calendars!

We hope you enjoy the fall and we look forward to seeing you soon.


Angela R. Riley
Professor of Law



Save the Dates: Speaker Series


Vice Chancellor, Academic Personel Carole E. Goldberg and Director Angela R. Riley featured in Indian Country Today Media Network's “9 Notable Women Who Rule American Indian Law.”



Beyond Life/Not Life: A Feminist-Indigenous Reading of Cryopreservation Practices and Ethics


Sundance Institute Sneak Peek: Behind the Scenes of Sydney Freeland's Film Drunktown's Finest

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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
4 6 PM
Charles E Young Research Library

Kim TallBear, Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas, Austin

Cryopreservation enables storage and preservation of bio-specimens—including those taken from indigenous peoples’ bodies, often within earlier ethical and racial regimes—into times and spaces beyond those inhabited by the (once) living bodies.

Saturday, November 9, 2013
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Autry in Griffith Park: Wells Fargo Theater

The Autry National Center, Sundance Institute, and UCLA, American Indian Studies Center invite you to a special panel discussion. Join Bird Runningwater (Cheyenne/Mescalero Apache), director of Sundance Institute’s Native American and Indigenous Program, and Sundance Institute Lab alumni Sydney Freeland (Navajo), director of the short films Migration and Hover Board, as they show clips and discuss the creative journey of Freeland’s feature debut, Drunktown's Finest, recently filmed in the state of New Mexico.

For more information, visit

Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education, and Economic Development


Call for Posters: Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education, and Economic Development, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, March 6-7, 2014

We encourage submissions on topics broadly related to Native Governance for Indigenous communities and work from various disciplines such as the Humanities, Social Sciences and Physical Sciences, as well as from professional schools. We will consider research from undergraduate students, graduate students, tribal researchers, post-docs and 1st year assistant professors.

There is no entry fee to participate in the poster session or to attend the conference, but note that the presenter must register for conference. We will adhere to strict rules about the size and dimensions of the research posters. The deadline for submission is Friday, December 6, 2013. Applicants will be notified of acceptance before January 1, 2014.

To submit: please complete the online form.

Participants are encouraged to submit their final research manuscripts to the American Indian Culture and Research Journal for possible inclusion in a future issue.

For detailed instructions, please visit our website:


2013-2014 Year Long Calendar of Events


Institute of American Cultures Fall Forum & Reception


"Engaging Diversity: More Important Than Ever"

Description: Description: Description: Description: Description: honor of the 2013-2014 IAC Visiting Scholars, Graduate & Predoctoral Fellows, and Research Grant Awardees
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, California Room
For more information, visit

Description:, November 6, 2013
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
UCLA Faculty Center, Sequoia Room

Patricia Gurin is the Nancy Cantor Distinguished University Professor Emerita of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. She is a Faculty Associate of the Research Center for Group Dynamics at the Institute for Social Research and of the Center for African and Afro-American Studies.

Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Women, Institute for American Cultures, Office for Diversity and Faculty Development


Other News and Events


2013 American Indian Heritage Month


American Indian Arts 2013 Marketplace at the Autry

Description:, 13th District Mitch O'Farrell
Member of the Wyandotte Nation
cordially invites you to the Opening Ceremony

Friday, November 8, 2013
10:00 AM, Los Angeles City Hall
200 N Spring Street, Room 340, Los Angeles, CA 90012

Please RSVP to and to reserve parking contact William Ayala at by Tuesday, November 5, 2013

November 9-10, 2013
10 am - 5 pm

Ticket Pricing
Free for Autry members / $12 Adults / $8 Students with current ID and Seniors (60+) / Free for Children under 9

Free for Active Military Personnel and Veterans
Information: Visit

Native Comic Book Workshop
Sunday, October 6, 1-4 PM
At the Autry in Griffith Park

Join members of the Indigenous Narratives Collective as they discuss the ways in which comics and sequential art are redefining stories for the next generation.


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