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Dear Friends of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center,

Though we continue to face set-backs due to the on-going budget crisis (Click here to read the Director's Open Letter to the Chancellor regarding support for American Indian Studies at UCLA), it has been a busy and productive summer for us here at the American Indian Studies Center.

We are delighted to welcome Professor Mishuana Goeman (Tonawanda Seneca) to our team.  Professor Goeman, who will provide intellectual leadership in matters related to the American Indian Culture and Research Journal as well as programmatic events, joins the Center as its first Associate Director in several years. In addition, two outstanding new staff members — Hanna Navid and Jamie Chan — have recently joined our ranks. Finally, we enthusiastically welcome two of our own Master's students, Leah Shearer (Choctaw) and Edna Best (Osage), who will serve as Graduate Student Researcher and Book Review Editor, respectively. You can read more about all of them below.

Alas, summer is drawing to a close. When you are back on campus, please come by Campbell Hall and say hello to faces old and new. We have several events in the planning stages for next year, so please be on the lookout for updates on the AISC calendar. We look forward to seeing you in 2010-11.

Megwetch (thank you)

Angela R. Riley



Associate Director
Professor Goeman‘s specialization is in Native American literature and 20th-century American literature. Her research focuses on the examination of cultural geography in relation to Native women's writing. Broader interests include Race and Ethnic theory and Gender and Feminist studies.

Administrative Specialist
Hanna Navid received her B.A in Mass Communications from UC Berkeley. While at Cal, Hanna's academic emphasis was on controlling processes used by the government and media and ethnographic studies of Native American tribes. She is currently in the process of receiving her Master of Public Administration from California State University, Northridge.

Office Assistant
Jamie Chan is a recent graduate of UCLA, class of 2010. She majored in Political Science, focusing on American Government; and minored in Asian American Studies. Jamie also has a passion for web-designing and working with computers. She is proficient at web-designing since 2000, coding in HTML and designing in Adobe Photoshop. In the future, she hopes to use her web-design skills as a contemporary and effective way to communicate to the mass audience.


Graduate Student Researcher
Leah Shearer (Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) is expected to graduate in June of 2011 from the American Indian Studies masters program at UCLA. During her time at UCLA, she plans to complete a thesis focusing on Indian criminal justice. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Houston with a major in history. She received an Outstanding Senior Honors Thesis award for her undergraduate thesis, "The Crisis of Crow Dog," which focuses on Indian criminal law in the late 1800's and its impact on current Federal Indian law.

Book Review Editor
Edna Yokum (Osage) received her Bachelor's of Arts in French and Political Science, with an emphasis in American Politics, and a minor in American Indian Studies from Chapman University in 2005. Her current research is on the Osage Reservation Disestablishment case.


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