Angela Riley, Duane Champagne, David Montoya joined community members for the Urban Indian Roundtable.
The American Indian Studies Center at UCLA is committed to generating research that impacts the lives of the local, national, and global indigenous and scholarly communities. The Center has supported conferences and published books on subjects ranging from contemporary American Indian theater to California Indian recognition efforts to the Indian Child Welfare Act. Affiliated scholars have presented recommendations to state and federal governments as well as the United Nations to advance economic development, tribal governance, cultural and language revitalization, and sovereign rights in tribal communities.

Below are a few highlights of the Center's ongoing research projects:

HateMap - The HateMap Project seeks to address this need by providing a crowd-sourced platform that enables researchers and victims to report hate-based incidents in detail, without having to approach law enforcement.

Carrying Our Ancestors Home - Carrying Our Ancestors Home, a project founded by UCLA's American Indian Studies Center and the Fowler Museum under the directorship of Dr. Mishuana Goeman and Dr. Wendy Teeter, seeks to illuminate how Native people regard various aspects of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) and the work they do to enact and enforce it.


Pilot Study on Indigenous People and Immigration Detention in Southern California - This research project will focus on the specific conditions of Indigenous migrants in immigration detention facilities, and their experience of the immigration detention system.


State of Indigenous California Report - UCLA American Indian Studies Center is collaborating with the California Native Vote Project and Advancement Project California to produce a report on the state of Indigenous California, to be disseminated during Native Heritage Month in November 2019.


Diverse Perspectives on Water Project - In collaboration with Associate Professor Jessica Cattelino and Associate Professor Aradhna Tripati, this National Science Foundation–funded project investigates Indigenous solutions to water issues plaguing American Indian and other communities, as well as lessons learned for a planet facing unprecedented water challenges.

Archival Collecting - The UCLA American Indian Studies Center Library is in the process of archival collecting initiatives.

Social Justice Initative - Books and Resources for American Indians in Detention (BRAID) provides cultural, literary, and educational reading materials to incarcerated juvenile and adult American Indians.

UCLA Mapping Indigenous LA Project - aims to uncover and highlight the multiple layers of indigenous Los Angeles through a storymapping project with youth, community leaders, and elders from indigenous communities throughout the city.

Policy Briefs & Reports - The American Indian Studies Center, in conjunction with The California Wellness Foundation, The American Indian Community Council, and the Los Angeles City/County Native American Indian Commission, developed a series of policy briefs and technical memos.

Institute of American Cultures Funding
  Yellowthunder Recipients - The Arianna & Hannah Yellowthunder Scholarship
  Past Projects - View all past research projects