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Message from the Director


Dear UCLA Community -- students, staff, and faculty,

Welcome Back to campus!

There's been a lot of activity here at the American Indian Studies Center the last few months. We officially launched Good Native Governance, a year long series of events that will examine various aspects of Native governance, with a particular focus on law, education, and economic development. We are delighted to announce our Speaker Series (see the save the date below), which includes three incredible indigenous scholars who will draw on their expertise in education, literature, and museums and cultural representation, respectively: Dr. Maenette Benham, inaugural Dean of Hawai'inuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge, University of Hawaii'i-Mānoa; Heid Erdrich, Ojibwe poet and author of four poetry collections, most recently Cell Traffic: New and Selected Poems; and Rick West, President and Chief Executive Officer at the Autry National Center of the American West and Founding Director and Director Emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian. In addition, we are supporting numerous events this year -- including many initiated by our own faculty and members of our UCLA community -- that we trust will engage and inspire you. Finally, our series' culminating event will be our March 6-7, 2014 Conference on Good Native Governance: Innovative Research in Law, Education, and Economic Development. Confirmed keynote speakers include: Joseph Kalt, Professor, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government and Director, Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, and Kevin Washburn, Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior. I am delighted that Prof. Randall Akee (Public Policy) is serving as Vice Chair with me on conference planning.

This stands to be an exciting year at the American Indian Studies Center. We have included below a detailed year-long calendar of events so you can save the dates now. We hope to see you at all our events throughout the year.

We thank you for your support and look forward to a great year at UCLA.


Angela R. Riley
Professor of Law



Save the Dates: Speaker Series


Lutu Chuktiwa (Cutting the Cord) Film Premiere and Open Discussion


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

Description: Description: Description:, October 17, 2013
3 – 4:30 PM
Kaufman Hall, Room 200

Film Premiere and Open Discussion with Yoeme Indian Collaborators and Film Makers

Made possible by the generous support from the National Science Foundation, the University of California Institute for Research in the Arts, UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA Institute of American Cultures, and the UCLA Departments of Anthroplogy, Gender Studies, and World Arts and Cultures/Dance.


Description: Description: Description: KimTallBearPhotoLecture
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.

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


The AISC Congratulates the 2013-14 IAC Research Grant Recipients.

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
  • Clementine Bordeaux
    Title: Saint Kateri Tekakwitha: Voices from the Pine Ridge Reservation
  • Alexandra Mojado
    Title: Does Public Law 280 Contribute to Domestic Violence on Southern California Indian Reservations
  • Jose Serrano
    Title: Making Human Rights Civil Rights: Chicana/o Indigenous Consciousness and Transnational Human Rights
  • David Shorter
    Title: Lutu Chuktiwa Film Repatriation: Giving Back a Film to Yoeme Community Member
  • Chantal Walker
    Title: The Owens Valley Paiutes and their History of Water and Water Rights

Other News and Events


Fowler at Fifty


American Indian Arts 2013 Marketplace at the Autry

The Fowler Museum at UCLA will honor its 50th anniversary with a suite of special exhibitions and programs from fall 2013-fall 2014. The exhibitions in the fall of 2013 will fill the Fowler's Getty Trust and Lucas Family galleries with nearly 1,000 objects from the Fowler’s vast, acclaimed, and diverse permanent collections.

Saturday, October 12, 2013
7-8 pm Members preview. 8-10 pm General admission

Ticket price: $50 (for 50 years!)
RSVP by October 1, 2013

Tickets may be purchased online:
Questions? 310-206-0306 or


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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