Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

The premiere international & interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

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Call for NAISA Officer Nominations:

The NAISA election process is underway with the opening of the nominations process. The Nominations Committee will be accepting nominations from November 20, 2014 until December 8, 2014. The Committee will take these recommendations under advisement as we assemble a full slate of candidates for the ballot that, to the best of our abilities, represents the geographic and interdisciplinary breadth of the association membership.

This year the NAISA membership will be electing a president-elect, two members for Council, the treasurer, and two members for the Nominations Committee (full role descriptions below). In order to stagger the terms of secretary and treasurer and facilitate the transition between the officers, the Council voted to postpone holding the election for secretary for one year. See the NAISA Council statement. Please follow the hyperlink to nominate a colleague, or yourself, for one of these five leadership positions. Self-nominations are strongly encouraged!

NAISA Nominations 2015-2016 are closed. The Nominations Committee stopped accepting nominations on December 8, 2014. Please Contact Us for any questions.

Annual Meeting

The acceptances and rejections for the 2015 conference, June 4-6, have all gone out.  Thanks so much to everyone who submitted proposals. We had over 500, and the deliberations were long and quite difficult.

 The preliminary program will be available by the beginning of February at


In order to be on the program, you will need to be a member of the association.

Click here to join or renew membership.


You also will need to register for the conference. Information about registration will be available on by the end of January.


There will be some funds available for travel grants. Applications will be due in early-March and decisions will be made by mid-March. Information will be available on by the end of January.

The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill, 400 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Host conference website: 




NAIS Journal

Native American and Indigenous Studies, the official journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, has published its inaugural issue!  

The editors invite further submissions of original manuscripts.


Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

Greetings, and welcome to the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association!

NAISA began through exploratory meetings hosted by the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and by the University of Georgia in 2008, incorporated in 2009, and has since become the premiere international and interdisciplinary professional organization for scholars, graduate students, independent researchers, and community members interested in all aspects of Indigenous Studies.

Our annual meetings have grown exponentially: from 350 people at the first gathering in 2007 to now averaging 800-900 attendees.

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NAISA Council Statement on the Case of Dr. Steven Salaita

The Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) protests the decision of Chancellor Phyllis Wise of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign to rescind the offer of a tenured faculty position in American Indian Studies to NAISA member Dr. Steven Salaita. 

Dr. Salaita was offered the position in October 2013 following a national search and evaluation of his scholarship based on its merit and his contributions to comparative Indigenous studies. Chancellor Wise’s actions in rescinding the offer in August 2014, after Dr. Salaita had resigned his tenured position at Virginia Tech and just days before his classes were set to begin at UIUC, set a dangerous precedent. This last minute, top down decision with no faculty consultation violates the tenets of faculty governance and is a clear, profound, and deeply alarming breach of professional ethics. These actions constitute, as well, a de facto attack against American Indian Studies at UIUC, despite its carefully earned status as one of the leading programs nationally in our field. This decision, if not overturned, is sure to erode the confidence of scholars and students of American Indian and Indigenous Studies that UIUC is an open and welcoming institution that values their social, cultural, and intellectual contributions.  Additionally, recent statements by both Chancellor Wise and the UIUC Board of Trustees allude to the character of Dr. Salaita’s comments on twitter about the recent Israeli invasion of Gaza as the basis for rescinding his offer, citing his supposed lack of “civility.”  This action constitutes an assault on the rights of faculty members to express controversial political sentiments in the public sphere and/or to do so in unpopular ways.

We call upon the chancellor and the university to respect faculty governance, the Program in American Indian Studies, and the faculty peer review process that evaluates candidates for tenured positions.  We call on the UIUC administration to fulfill the contractual obligation to hire Dr. Steven Salaita as a tenured associate professor of American Indian Studies at UIUC.