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.


Kanaka Maoli in Hawaiʻi are engaging in direct action to protect our sacred mountain, Mauna Kea, against the construction of what would be the 14th, and largest, telescope complex on its summit. Plans for this telescope, the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT) are being pushed by the University of Hawaiʻi and a number of other academic institutions who make up the partners of the TMT Corporation. A petition was started in April, urging the partners to divest and is being circulated through the academy to show investors that there is substantial opposition to the construction of the TMT from within the academy. This is to interject on the University partners' official positions of support for the TMT, to interject on the narrative that the opposition is made up of a marginal few radical Hawaiians and to disrupt the narrative being put out by many in the astronomy community that to oppose the TMT is to oppose the pursuit of knowledge. We ask that members of NAISA kindly read our petition and consider standing in solidarity with the Kanaka Maoli who are working to protect our mountain by signing.

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Washington, DC, for a productive and energizing meeting in just over a week!

Here are a few reminders and updates to consider:

1) Wednesday-Night Registration

We are approaching 900 registrants for this year’s conference! Our registration table is open 5pm-8pm on Wednesday, June 3, but only for those who have preregistered. If you have yet to register for the conference, please do so now at:

If you choose to register onsite, you can do so starting at 7:30am on Thursday, June 4.

2) Opening Reception at the National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI)

Be sure to attend our opening reception in the Potomac Atrium at NMAI, 6:30-9:30pm on Thursday, June 4! It’s only a short walk from the Hyatt Regency (and we’ll have maps for you), but limited transportation will be available for those who need it.

You will have time to get food/drink, mingle, and reunite from 6:30-7:00. At 7:00 pm, we will have a short welcome program, including:

An honor song by Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa/San Juan Pueblo/Santee Dakota, Cultural Specialist and Writer at NMAI)

Remarks from Kevin Gover (Pawnee, Director, National Museum of the American Indian), Jacqueline Pata (Tlingit, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians), and Kevin Washburn (Chickasaw, Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs-Department of the Interior)

Please give these speakers and singer your respect and attention. You’ll have plenty of time after the short program to enjoy more food, friends, and all of NMAI’s current exhibitions, including “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations.

3) Technology in Breakout Rooms

All of the breakout rooms at NAISA 2015 will include laptops, projectors, screens, and speakers. Please prepare by saving your presentation to a USB drive, or if you are a Mac user and plan to use your own machine, please bring the appropriate adapter. We will try to accommodate presenters as much as possible.

If you have questions or concerns, please check out our website at or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The International Journal of Critical Indigenous Studies (IJCIS) is a fully refereed international journal published twice a year. The journal offers a virtual intellectual space for the dissemination of international scholarship from scholars across disciplines that include the Humanities, Social Science, Health Sciences, Law and Education in the field of Indigenous Studies. Indigenous scholars from around the world share common experiences of colonisation. Our collective politics have been shaped by our intellectual traditions which in turn inform our work within the academy.
As Critical Indigenous Studies is a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary field we are seeking articles and book reviews from a variety of disciplines related to but not exclusive of the following: Indigenous sovereignty and colonisation; Indigenous people politics and rights; Indigenous people and racism; Indigenous people and the law; Indigenous visual art and performance; Indigenous methodologies and research; Indigenous literature; Indigenous health; Indigenous education; Indigenous feminisms; Indigenous queer politics and theory; Indigenous critical theory; Indigenous identity; Indigenous philosophy; and Indigenous science. As a refereed journal with distinguished scholars across a range of disciplines on the editorial board, the quality of the submissions will be of a high standard. The journal offers scope for critical engagement and debate by bringing together emergent and innovative research in the field of Critical Indigenous Studies from around the globe. Give your work the widest possible exposure and send your submissions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or view the submission guidelines at

Nominations Sought by the School for Advanced Research for $10,000 J. I. Staley Prize

The Staley prize recognizes innovative books in anthropology that add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species.

Deadline for the 2016 Staley Prize Nominations is October 1, 2015

For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating a book, please visit

This prize was made possible through the generosity of J. I. Staley.

The reduced rate room block at the Hyatt Regency (the conference hotel) is no longer available, but the deadlines for the blocks of rooms at two other nearby hotels have been extended:

- Hyatt Place -- 33 New York Ave NE (1 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $229 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 22 -- 1-888-492-8847 FREE (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA) or use this link:

- The Doubletree -- 1515 Rhode Island Avenue, NW (1.7 miles from the Hyatt Regency) – rooms at $219 per night (plus tax) – reservations must be made by May 22 -- 1-800-492-5195 FREE (remember to tell them it’s for NAISA)