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.


For Native American peoples in the Southeastern United States, the long nineteenth century was a period of dramatic change. Forced to rebuild their villages, towns, and farmsteads after the fighting of the American Revolution left their homelands in ruins, the indigenous peoples of the South drew on their rich traditions, and, as historian James Taylor Carson observes, engaged in processes of political and cultural innovation to bring peace and prosperity back to the lives of Native Southerners. Despite these efforts, and as the master narrative of Native American history has taught generations of American students, the federal government’s policy of removal undermined these efforts and culminated in one of the most inglorious episodes in American history: the forced migration of Native Americans from their Southeastern homelands to Indian Territory in the trans-Mississippi West.

This special issue of American Nineteenth Century History calls for papers that reconsider the history of nineteenth-century Native Americans in the American South. Both historiographical essays and original pieces of scholarship are welcome. The editor is particularly interested in papers that provide new perspectives on the Native South in the early republic; reveal the enduring importance of spiritual and ceremonial traditions to Native Southerners during the long nineteenth century; interrogate the political economy of the South from indigenous perspectives; reevaluate issues pertaining to Native sovereignty and land title; engage with indigenous histories of race, gender, and sexuality; and introduce readers to the political, economic, and sociocultural strategies employed by Native Americans who remained in the Southeast after the removal era to sustain communities and foster collective identities.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Dr. Gregory Smithers Please include complete contact details with your abstract. Abstracts must be received by March 30, 2015. Scholars selected to submit a completed essay for peer-review and consideration in this special issue will be asked to submit their completed paper no later than July 1, 2015.

Call for Applications: Summer Scholar Fellowships at SAR

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2015 Summer Scholar Fellowships.

SAR awards fellowships each year to several scholars in anthropology and related fields to pursue research or writing projects that promote understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and the history of anthropology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

SAR provides summer scholars a small stipend, a rent-free apartment and office on campus, an allowance account, library support, and other benefits during a seven-week tenure, which starts in mid-June.

Two types of fellowships are available:

• Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship. Up to three residential fellowships are available each summer for doctoral level scholars and PhD candidates in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.

• William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology. One residential fellowship is available each summer for a doctoral level scholar or PhD candidate whose project focuses on the history of anthropology.

Deadline for applications is January 12, 2015.

For more information on summer scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit our website.

Please note that a non-academic position has been posted for UCLA's American Indian Studies Center for 10 days. The job closes at 5 pm Pacific time on Monday, November 10th. It is a Management Services Officer II position, which requires applicants to have substantial financial management experience. Please go to UCLA Job Opportunities website or click on this URL for more information:

Council has acted to address what we believe is a structural problem in the current terms for certain officers in the association.

The terms for Secretary and Treasurer are three years each. Up until now, those terms have run concurrently, such that every three years we have a new Secretary and Treasurer at the same time. This fact means that, for that year, three of the association’s five officers are new to Council (including the President-elect), and the President for that year has the difficulties created by there being two people who are unfamiliar with the vital administrative work that their positions require. Having a new Secretary and Treasurer at the same time, then, needlessly creates disruption in the life of the association.

For these reasons, Council has decided to stagger the terms of Secretary and Treasurer by a year. In order to do so, we have added the following section to the NAISA By-laws:

“After consultation with Nominations Committee, Council has reached the conclusion that the terms for Secretary and Treasurer should be staggered by a year, so as better to maintain continuity and facilitate the transition among officers. In order to do so, there will be a one-time extension of the current Secretary's term for one additional year to run from the end of the annual meeting in 2015 to the end of the annual meeting in 2016.”

As a result of this change, there will not be an election for Secretary this year. Instead, David Chang has quite generously agreed to stay on in the position for an additional year so that we can redress this structural issue.

NAISA Council

The deadline for submitting proposals for the 2015 annual conference in Washington D.C. (June 4-6) has been extended to Monday Nov. 10.

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