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.

NAISA 2014 will be hosted by the University of Texas at Austin May 29-31, 2014


The Registration site is now live: go to

On the REGISTRATION site you can view/download the Preliminary Program, Register, pay for an Exhibit Booth or an advertisement in the Program, link to the hotel reservations webpage or reserve a dorm room, find out about child care, buy tickets to the special events, and see contact information for all aspects of the annual meeting.

For more information about the 2014 meeting go to



Email notifications of the status of submitted abstracts (accepted or declined) are being sent over the weekend of Jan. 11-12; with sincere apologies for the delay. All emails should arrive by the end of the day Sunday, Jan. 12. The EventInterface system is still hung up in upgrades, if you check the status of an abstract on EventInterface it continues to say "Pending."

For more information on the the review process and acceptance rates, see the two documents attached at the bottom of this page:

  • Criteria for Proposal Review
  • NAISA Program Statistics 2011-2014

If you have questions about your abstract status, please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and we ask your patience - it may take a day or two to respond.

We're looking forward to a terrific meeting in Austin--we hope you will join us!

All best,
Chad Allen
NAISA President 2013-2014


July 16, 2013***History of NAIS at U of Texas, Austin***

Dear NAISA Members,

All the activity involved with our preparations to host NAISA has led to inquiries about the history of Native American and Indigenous Studies/NAIS at the University of Texas at Austin. We would like to share a brief version of this history with you.

Native American and Indigenous Studies at the University of Texas at Austin was founded in the fall of 2006 by James H. Cox (English), Loriene Roy (School of Information), Pauline T. Strong (Anthropology), Shannon Speed (Anthropology), and Gerald Torres (School of Law).

The Founding Envisioning Committee wrote in our founding documents that the main goal of the program would be to encourage an active intellectual and community engagement with Indigenous people and cultures. In 2006, we had approximately forty professors working with Native American and Indigenous communities and teaching Native American and Indigenous studies classes in nine departments and two professional schools. In just the ten years prior to 2006, graduate students had completed approximately 15 theses and 80 dissertations in the field. These professors and their students worked primarily in the United States, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America. We decided, therefore, that the hemispheric scope of faculty and student interest would define the program.

In an effort to build upon this active program of teaching and research, the Founding Envisioning Committee created a PhD and MA portfolio program that was approved by the administration in the fall of 2007. We established an undergraduate certificate program in 2009. The portfolio and certificate form the academic portion of the program, which is complemented by a speaker series, an annual spring celebration of our students, projects with student and community groups, and summer research fellowships for undergraduate and graduate students.

On behalf of the other co-founders of NAIS, the members of our Advisory Council, all NAIS faculty affiliates, and our supporters in the College of Liberal Arts and the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement, we’re looking forward to seeing you in Austin.

Thank you,
James Cox, Co-founder and Associate Director, NAIS, The University of Texas at Austin
Shannon Speed, Co-founder and Director, NAIS, The University of Texas at Austin

pdfCriteria for Proposal Review .pdf(37.93 KB)

pdfNAISA Program Statistics 2011-2014.pdf(67.19 KB)