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Message from the Director

Dear AISC community,

Thanks to all those who came out for our wonderful American Indian Welcome event! As you will see below, we are kicking off the year with a plethora of exciting events, not the least of which is the inaugural Indigenous Peoples Day celebration in the city of Los Angeles, which we are fortunate to be hosting with Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell here at UCLA. Hope to see you at this and the many other terrific events this month.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


News from American Indian Studies Center Publications

The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, vol. 41, no. 1, is now available online and in print! This  issue features a provocative article by Lorenzo Veracini on “Decolonizing Settler Colonialism,” as well as a range of articles addressing Stó:lō community economics, non-smoking policies on the Northern Plains, cultural survival in Morongo and Kickapoo, Native American agriculturalists’ movements in Oklahoma , and the Alexis Nakota Sioux.

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Opening Reception: Weaving Generations Together, October 5, 2017
4–6:30 PM
UCLA Powell Library
Main and East Rotandas through December 15

You are invited! Join us for the opening reception of the textile exhibition entitled, “Weaving Generations Together: Evolving creativity in the Maya of Chiapas.”

Curated by Patricia Greenfield, UCLA Department of Psychology, Kathryn Klein, Maxwell Museum of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque

Co-sponsored by UCLA Library, American Indian Studies Center, Latin American Institute, Center for Mexican Studies, Center for the Study of Women, Chicano Studies Research Center, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Fiat Lux, Office of Instructional Development.


Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, October 9, 2017
5 PM
The Elizabeth & W. Thomas Courtyard at the Fowler Museum at UCLA

The elimination of Columbus Day and the establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day in its place on the second Monday of October represents a huge victory for indigenous people and for everyone in Los Angeles. Please join us for a gathering to honor the work of the city representatives and community coalition that made this historic victory possible.

Attendees are welcomed to visit the Fowler Museum exhibitions for free during the celebration event. The Fowler explores global arts and cultures with an emphasis on works from Africa, Asia, the Pacific, and the Americas—past and present. You can learn more about the open exhibits at



Elena de Hoyos Hermanas en la Sombra, October 10, 2017
4:30 PM
Lydeen Library
4302 Rolfe Hall

We invite you to a short film screening of Semillas de Guamuchil followed by a reading and discussion of poems and texts by Rural and Indigenous Mexican Women in Reclusion.

Elena de Hoyos is a Mexican sociologist, poet, editor and actress. A tireless cultural promoter and feminist activist, she has visibilized the situation of men and women in reclusion in statewide, national and international forums through more than 15 publications, documentaries and radio series. Together with prison inmates, other activists and artists, she founded the collective Hermanas en la Sombra, which has published a number of books of prison writing and reflections including Bajo la Sombra del Guamuchil, Resistencias Penitenciarias, and others. Her book, Mundos paralelos intramuros was published together with the organization Mujeres en Espiral, formed by inmates of the Santa Martha Acatitla prison and avtivists and academics from PUEG-UNAM. Her book Intervencion feminista de escritura en espacios penitenciarios was published with the support of Bellas Artes-Conaculta in 2013. She has presented her work at Cambridge University, the University of London, and the University of Manchester, and elsewhere.

Hosted by the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese and American Indian Studies Center.


“Right Wrongs” Online Exhibition & Reception, October 12, 2017
4 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

Craig Ritchie, CEO of Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, will present the launch of the “Right Wrongs” online exhibition, and followed by a reception co-hosted by the Australian Consulate.

On May 27, 1967, Australians voted in a referendum to change how Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people were referred to in the Constitution. Explore these personal stories, opinions and historical recordings of what happened.

How far have we come since 1967?

Please RSVP at

Hosted by the Australian Consulate. Sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center.


Promised Land Film Screening and Panel, October 20, 2017
6 – 9 PM
Dodd 147

We invite you to a special screening of the documentary, Promised Land, followed by a panel discussion.

Promised Land is an award-winning social justice documentary that follows two tribes in the Pacific Northwest: the Duwamish and the Chinook, as they fight for the restoration of treaty rights they've long been denied. In following their story, the film examines a larger problem in the way that the government and society still looks at tribal sovereignty.

A panel discussion follows with the filmmakers from Tall Firs Cinema; Rudy Ortega Jr., Tribal President, Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians; Duane Champagne and Carole Goldberg, Co-Directors of the Fernandeño Tataviam Federal Recognition Team; and leaders from the Chinook Indian Nation and Duwamish Tribe.

Seating is limited.


Tongva Language Research and Reclamation, October 26, 2017
4 PM
Room 4357, Public Affairs Building

Professor Emeritus Pam Munro, Department of Linguistics, will give a special lecture, with a guest speaker, Virginia Carmelo (Tongva educator).

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at


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:


Click here for the Spanish version

Accepting proposals now!
Los Angeles, CA

MAY 17-19, 2018
The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for: Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings.

All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. We welcome proposals from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field. We encourage proposals relating to Indigenous community-driven scholarship.

Only complete proposals submitted through the online Abstract Collector before the deadline will receive consideration. 
The deadline for proposal submissions is November 1, 2017, 11:50pm EST
Proposals for the 2018 NAISA conference (May 17-19, 2018) 
can now be submitted at:
You must create an account before submitting a proposal. Even if you created one last year, you'll need to create a new one.  In addition to submitting a proposal, people also can volunteer to chair one of the panels created from individual paper proposals. All thoseaccepted to the program must get or renew NAISA membership and must register for the meeting.


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