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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Thank you to everyone who participated in the elections for 2014.  Please consider running or nominating someone for President-Elect, Council, or Nominations Committee.  To nominate someone for one of these positions, or for further information on them and the election process, please contact the co-chairs of the Nominations Committee (Glen Coulthard -- -- or Patrisia Gonzales --

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Annual Meeting

It's time to assemble and submit your proposals for the Seventh Annual Meeting of NAISA, June 4-6, 2015 in Washington DC!

Abstract Collector: Submit proposals at   

Deadline is November 3, 2014.

The online abstract collector accepts your proposals for individual papers, panels, roundtables and film screenings.  You will first need to create an account on the website (see link above), and then enter and submit your proposals.

Please also consider volunteering to chair panels that the Program Committee will assemble out of individual paper submissions.  To volunteer, use the "Volunteer to Chair a Panel" tab.  
All persons working in Native American and Indigenous Studies are invited and encouraged to apply. Proposals are welcome from faculty and students in colleges, universities, and tribal colleges; from community-based scholars and elders; and from professionals working in the field.
Before submitting a proposal, please review the Guidelines for Preparing Abstracts for NAISA.  All those accepted to the Program must be a NAISA member and must register for the meeting.

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






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.