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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Happy Native American Heritage Month! We have many wonderful events taking place this month at which to celebrate! Please see below for details. In addition to the events below, don't miss the student-organized Culture Awards and Fashion Show on Thursday, November 16 at 5:00 pm at the James West Alumni Center. Hope to see you soon at one of these events!

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


American Indian Culture and Research Journal 41:1 Available!

The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 41, no.1 is now available online and in print! This issue includes the following:

  • Lorenzo Veracini’s analysis of the discourse surrounding settler colonialism
  • Keith James’ and Wenona Victor’s examination of Stó:lo entrepreneurship and economics
  • Felicia Hodge’s study of smoke-free workplace policies
  • Elisabeth Mager’s exploration of Morongo and Kickapoo efforts to retain their cultures
  • Randy Peppler’s and Randall Ware’s commentary on the Agricutluralist Movement in Oklahoma
  • Lia Ruttan et al.’s commentary on the Alexis Nakota Sioux
  • AND poetry by Benjamin Kingsley and Bojan Louis
  • PLUS 20 book reviews!

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INDIVISIBLE and the Resistance, November 7, 2017
3:30 - 5 PM
UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, Room 2355

Billy Fleming, Indivisible Guide Co-Author
Zacharie Boisvert, Southern California Organizer, Indivisible

Ananya Roy, Urban Planning, Social Welfare, and Geography, Director of the Institute on Inequality and Democracy at UCLA Luskin

In conversation with:
Melany De La Cruz-Viesca, Assistant Director, UCLA Asian American Studies Center
Laure Murat, Professor of French and Francophone Studies; Director, Center for European and Russian Studies, UCLA
Abel Valenzuela Jr., Professor of Chicana/o Studies and Urban Planning; Director, Institute for Research on Labor and Employment; Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Immigration Policy, UCLA
INDIVISIBLE seeks to cultivate a progressive grassroots network of local groups organized across the United States to build political power, to resist the destructive political agendas of the Trump administration, to challenge structures of white supremacy, and to advocate and realize bold policies for social justice.


Sundance Institute and UCLA American Indian Studies Center Present: Out of State (2017), November 11, 2017
5:30 PM
The Autry in Griffith Park

Free Admission
Space is Limited / Reservations Recommended. Click here to RSVP

Marking the directorial debut of filmmaker Ciara Lacy (Native Hawaiian), this documentary tells the story of an incredible journey. Shipped thousands of miles away from the tropical islands of Hawai'i to a private prison in the Arizona desert, two Native Hawaiians discover their Indigenous traditions from a fellow inmate serving a life sentence. Afterward, as they struggle with the hurdles of life as formerly incarcerated men, they ask whether you can really go home again. Q&A with Lacy and light reception to follow.


Sponsored by the Sundance Institute and UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Multiple InJustices: Indigenous Women, Law, and Political Struggle in Latin America — An Intergenerational Dialogue with R. Aída Hernández Castillo, Shannon Speed, and Brenda Nicolas, November 16, 2017
4 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

Join us for a special lecture on "Multiple InJustices: Indigenous Women, Law, and Political Struggle in Latin America" presented by R. Aída Hernández Castillo, Professor and Senior Researcher, Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology, Mexico City, Shannon Speed (Chickasaw), Director of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, and Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology, and Brenda Nicolas (Zapotec), Doctoral Candidate in the UCLA Department of Chicana/o Studies.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center and the UCLA Latin American Institute


Many Nations, One Heart: Support Native Families Affected by Fires LA to the Bay and everywhere in between, we are coming together to support our relatives in Northern California who are impacted by the Sulfur fire and the other fires occurring in Napa and Sonoma Counties.
We are collecting clothing, gift card, and food donations in an effort to support Native American families affected by the fires in Northern California.

Most needed items include blankets, winter wear clothing, jackets, gloves, beanies, thermals, especially in 2X and 3X men's, 5 gallon jugs of water, canned food, and gift cards that can be used to buy supplies.

Deadline for donations: Wednesday, November 15

Drop off donations at
UCLA American Indian Studies Center
3220 Campbell Hall, Los Angeles, CA 90095


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 17–19, 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.

NAISA 2018:


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