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Message from the Director

Dear AISC friends and family,

Chokma! Welcome back to campus all, as we head into a new academic year. We have many exciting events planned for 2018–19! Please join us as we kick off the year with the American Indian Welcome, Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Welcome, and Indigenous Peoples Day events (info below). Hope to see you there!

Shannon Speed
Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center


AISC Funding Support for 2018–19

UCLA American Indian Studies Center
Funding Request Deadlines for the 2018–19 academic year

Due to 2018–19 budget constraints, AISC is implementing deadlines for all funding requests. These requests include support for events, travel, and entertainment for all faculty, departments, students, and student organizations. All funding requests must be submitted by or on the deadline noted in each quarter.

Please be aware that if your funding request is submitted after the deadline date, it may not receive funding.

Fall quarter:
Travel: Friday, October 26
Event/entertainment support: Friday, November 9

Winter quarter:
Travel: Friday, February 8
Event/entertainment support: Friday, February 15

Spring quarter:
Travel: Friday, May 3
Event/entertainment support: Friday, May 10

To request for funding, please visit


UCLA American Indian Welcome, September 24, 2018
4:30–7 PM
UCLA James West Alumni Center

RSVP at by September 21, 2018.

Students, Alumni, Community Members, Faculty, Staff are invited to the annual UCLA American Indian Welcome to gather and celebrate the American Indian community at UCLA.

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


UCLA Ethnic & Indigenous Studies Fall 2018 Welcome

Monday, October 1, 2018
4–6 PM
James West Alumni Center
325 Westwood Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90095

African American Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies, and Chicana/o Studies host the 2nd Ethnic and Indigenous Studies Welcome, open to all students, alumni and Bruin affiliates.
Explore Ethnic and Indigenous Studies at UCLA. Please join us for FREE food, music, and giveaways with fellow students, faculty, and staff. Learn how Ethnic and Indigenous Studies fits into your UCLA experience and beyond. Welcome new Bruins!


We are #EthnicStudies.



Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, October 9, 2018
4:30–6:30 PM

Bruin Plaza

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 dancing, drumming, and refreshments as we gather to honor this historic victory.



American Society for Ethnohistory Annual Conference 2018

Thursday, October 11Saturday, October 13, 2018
Hotel Victoria, Oaxaca, Mexico

The Centro Cultural de San Pablo and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México are hosting the meeting, and the UCLA Latin American Institute and the UCLA American Indian Studies Center are organizing the program.

The meeting will take place at the Hotel Victoria in Oaxaca City. The hotel is comfortable and inexpensive; there is an excellent hotel package for conference attendees.

Call for Papers 2018
Convocatoria 2018
Click Here for Hotel Reservation (Please note: price will be displayed as pesos)

For more information about the conference, visit


IAC Fall Forum 18, 2018
3–5 PM

James West Alumni Center

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are invited to join us in honoring the visiting scholars and research grant awardees of 2018–19. Followed by UCLA Alumni Association’s Professors in the Pub.

Refreshments will be served.



Imagination: A Storytelling Event, October 22, 2018
6:30-8:30 PM
Mercado La Paloma
3655 S. Grand Ave, #240
Los Angeles, CA 90007
Conference Room: Located in the Southeast corner of the building.

Imagination is the third event in the Transformation storytelling series. The series features community organizers, advocates, healers, survivors, theorists, and artists, in the role of “storyteller.” Storytellers will draw from their life experiences and personal and communal narratives and histories in order to speak to the seven event themes included in the series. The events in the Transformation series are intended to speak to our collective desire for deep social change, and to support us in finding the energy, strength, connection, and knowledge that we need in order to repair our world, and to heal ourselves and our communities.

Stories by Leidy Gonzales, Cutcha Risling Baldy, Michelle Azar
Welcome and introductions by Juliann Anesi, Mishuana Goeman, and Jonathan Aaron
Opening lecture by Beth Ribet

Part of the Transformation: Lectures, Conversations, and Storytelling about Healing and Social Action event series. This event and all other Transformation series are free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events in the Transformation series, visit

Co-sponsored by the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, the UCLA Disability Studies Program, Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (IDEAS) at UCLA.


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