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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Welcome to the 2017–18 academic year! As you will see below, we are kicking off the year with a series of events in September and October. I hope you can join us for many of them, especially the important welcome event for incoming American Indian students on September 28! Also, please stay tuned for information about a celebration event on the establishment of Indigenous Peoples Day, to be scheduled in mid-October.

Welcome to our new Associate Director, Mishuana Goeman, and our new Administrative Specialist, Stephen Pilcher! Congratulations to our own Jamie Chan, on her promotion to MSO I for the Center! Thanks to Pamela Grieman, who is taking on additional responsibilities as director of development and research. And thanks also to Terri McCarty, for taking over as Chair of our Faculty Advisory Council.

We have a big year ahead, with a five-year review for the center, and the organizing and hosting of NAISA 2018, as well as lots of special events. Look forward to seeing you all soon.

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


Welcome Stephen Pilcher!

Stephen PilcherWe’d like to welcome Stephen Pilcher to the AISC family as the Operations & Events Coordinator! Stephen is a recent UCLA alumni, having earned a BA in American Indian Studies and minor in Gender Studies. He is Lakota and an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. He was raised in the Bay Area before relocating to the Los Angeles area in 2014. He is very passionate about music, LGBTQ rights, environmental rights, and health and fitness.


Trump's Violent Reassertion of White Supremacy, the Threat of Genocide, and What Must Be Done, NOW!, September 7, 2017
7 PM
Perloff 1102

Drawing on a new synthesis of communism developed by Bob Avakian, Carl Dix will speak about the dangers of the Trump/Pence regime and show how it is a direct outcome of the system of capitalism/imperialism. He will discuss what people can do to change it.

CARL DIX is a representative of the Revolutionary Communist Party and a follower of and advocate for Bob Avakian, his leadership, and his visionary new synthesis of communism. Carl is a freedom fighter from the 1960s who went on to become a revolutionary fighter and a communist. Carl has spent the summer in Chicago working to get Black youth out of killing each other and into the revolution.

Sponsors: UCLA American Indian Studies Center; Race and Ethnic Working Group, UCLA Dept. of Sociology; Revolution Club, UCLA; and The Bob Avakian Institute

UCLA American Indian Welcome invite students, alumni, community members, faculty,  and staff to:
UCLA American Indian Welcome
Thursday, September 28, 2017
5–7 PM
UCLA Pauley Pavilion Clubhouse

Please RSVP at: by September, 25, 2017.

Hosted and sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, American Indian Student Association, and the UCLA American Indian Studies Interdepartmental Program


Launch of the “Right Wrongs” Online Exhibition & Reception

Thursday, October 12, 2017
4 PM
6275 Bunche Hall

“Right Wrongs” is an online exhibition developed by the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies, in partnership with the ABC, and National and State Libraries Australasia. “Right Wrongs” commemorates the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Referendum that gave the Federal Parliament the capacity to legislate in respect to Indigenous people.
Co-hosted by the Australian Consulate


Promised Land Film Screening and Panel

Friday, 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: filmmakers; 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.

Space is limited. Please RSVP at on Eventbrite.

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.


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