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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The Vote on Constitutional Change is Now Open:

From April 27 to May 1, members can vote on a change to the language of Article V of the Constitution which outlines responsibilities for overseeing the association's elections.  It seeks to clarify the role of Nominations Committee in the process. For the language of the new article, the text of the current article, and to vote, go to  

Annual Meeting

Registration for the 2015 NAISA Conference, June 4-6 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. is now open. To register for the conference and to view the preliminary program please click here .

In order to appear on the program, participants need to become members or renew their memberships by April 3. To join or renew membership, click here.

Early registration has been extended for an additional week, to 4/24. For more information on the conference, go to NAISA WEBSITE




The NAISA 2015 local host committee is happy to announce an additional special event for the annual meeting in Washington D.C.

The 1491s will perform on Saturday, June 6 at 7:30pm. This will be a free event for all registered conference attendees, but space will be limited (approx. 300 seats).

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.