Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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Welcome Reception Hosted by the National Museum of the American Indian

JUNE 4-6, 2015

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for:

Individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings.

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.

All those accepted to the Program must be a NAISA member and must register for the meeting.


PLEASE NOTE: The Program Committee limits submissions to one proposed session per person, in order to maximize representation at the meetings. Each person can only be part of one proposal of any kind. The Program Committee reserves the right to disqualify proposals that include individuals who are part of more than one proposal. Someone may however, be proposed to both Chair and present or Chair and comment within one session.  Also, someone may organize a panel in which s/he does not have an active role and would be able to present a paper or chair/comment at another time in the program.  The Program Committee may recruit panel chairs and commentators from people on successful proposals.

GO to for more information about NAISA.  More information about Washington DC 2015 will be available in the coming months.

Only complete proposals submitted through the online Abstract Collector before the deadline will receive consideration.

Detailed instructions for submitting proposals will be available on by

September 1, 2014.

DEADLINE for proposal submission: NOVEMBER 3, 2014

(Please note that this deadline is earlier than in past years.)

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Subject: Study Tour to the UK and US for Indigenous Australians

Are you an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student or graduate interested in postgraduate study overseas?


Why not apply for the 2014 Aurora Indigenous Scholars International Study Tour to the UK and the US?

For those contemplating postgraduate study overseas, the Aurora Study Tour provides an invaluable opportunity to travel with a group of like-minded students, visit universities and meet with academics, administrators and current postgraduate students in your area of interest at Cambridge and Oxford universities in the UK, and Berkeley (TBC), Columbia, Harvard, NYU and Stanford (TBC) in the US.  The Tour is a great introduction to life as a postgraduate student at some of the world’s leading universities.

The Aurora Project is seeking applications from high achieving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander undergraduates in any field of study, who have completed at least two years of their course of study.  University graduates are also welcome to apply. 

The group of successful applicants (around 15 in total) will leave Australia in late October or early November and spend approximately 2½ weeks in the US visiting Berkeley (TBC), Stanford (TBC), Harvard, Columbia and NYU, and approximately 2 weeks at Cambridge and Oxford.  All costs associated with travel, accommodation and meals will be covered by Aurora and its supporters – last year each of the Australian universities where Scholars were studying were asked to contribute to the costs.  Applicants may elect to join the full Tour, or only the UK or US components (the schedule is currently being finalised).

Sixteen Indigenous students participated in November 2013.  Here are some reflections from last year’s Tour:

​ “Prior to Oxford and Cambridge, I was mostly convinced I would need to wait another year before applying. But following successful meetings at both these schools, it became more of a question of - why wait?”

Jessyca Hutchens, University of Western Australia – 2014 Charlie Perkins Scholar to Oxford

“Despite my academic success, and subsequent work in the field, I never could have imagined myself sitting in an office in New York City having a conversation with the UN’s leader in Indigenous Human Rights, or being at Harvard University sharing thoughts on racial identity with academic representatives from some of the Western worlds most ostracised Indigenous cultures.”

Nathan West, University of Newcastle – 2014 Roberta Sykes Scholar to Cambridge

“This trip has changed my outlook on my capabilities and what I can achieve. I had never expected to be selected for this trip and could not imagine what it would be like to be at universities such as these. … I think it’s safe to say that the Tour has opened many doors of opportunity for me.”

Chenaya Bancroft-Davis, Griffith University

“The Tour makes the prospect of studying at such universities real and achievable, and not elusive and simply a fanciful pipe dream. … This Tour certainly enabled me to imagine my prospects as being wider and more exciting than I had previously imagined.”

Garry Jones, Australian National University

You can read more about the students’ experiences of last year’s Tour in the attached reflections.

Applications are open now and close at 5pm AEST on Friday 11 July 2014.


To apply, complete the online application form available at

With the online application form you will need to attach the following documentation:

·         A cover letter (including a personal statement about your background, career aspirations and reasons for wanting to go on the Tour)

·         A curriculum vitae

·         An official transcript of university results (including mid-year results, if available)

·         A list identifying one academic contact (such as a Professor) and one administrative contact (such as a Course Coordinator) that you would like to meet at each academic institution you are interested in visiting (Berkeley - TBC, Stanford - TBC, Harvard, Columbia, NYU, Oxford and Cambridge)      

  • Confirmation of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent through a signed written statement (including common seal) of an Aboriginal Heritage Association, Aboriginal Corporation or Land Council in the community where you live or have lived
  • A high-resolution photo (headshot preferably) that could be used in promotional material, should you be selected to go on the Tour

The successful applicants will be chosen primarily on the basis of academic achievement (Distinction average or higher) but also on the basis of their potential to become leaders in their field of study and in their communities.  Preference will be given to students in the final year of their undergraduate studies.  We are looking for applicants who have the potential to become Charlie Perkins and Roberta Sykes Scholars.


Any questions should be emailed toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and should include a contact telephone number.


To find out more about the Charlie Perkins Scholarships for postgraduate study at Oxford or Cambridge, go to

To find out more about the Roberta Sykes Scholarships for postgraduate study at any overseas academic institution, go to

Best regards

Richard Potok

The NAISA Council has determined that in the 2014 election for the positions of President-elect, two members of Council, and two members of the Nominations Committee, the website company that conducted the election made an error in reporting the outcome for one of the races. The Council initially reported the incorrect results, and we offer our sincere apologies for this error. After careful examination of the events and facts, the Council has determined that the error was limited to the reporting of results for a single race and did not affect the counting of any votes. The Council thanks all candidates for their generous willingness to serve NAISA, and we affirm that the following results are correct.

President-elect: Winona Wheeler

NAISA Council: Susan Hill and Jolan Hsieh

Nominations Committee: Nēpia Mahuika and Danika Medak-Saltzman

A complete and detailed explanation of these events will be presented at the 2014 Business Meeting in Austin and then posted on the website.

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Reserve childcare for the NAISA conference! On-site childcare for the NAISA annual meeting will be provided by KiddieCorp. KiddieCorp will provide age-appropriate toys and games, different arts and crafts projects for each day, and children's movies and cartoon videos. Written hourly infant/toddler reports will also be given to parents. The hourly rate per child is $12. Services will be available May 29th-31st from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. Questions? Contact Lakota Pochedley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or check out KiddieCorp's website (




DEADLINE: MAY 18, 2014

2014 NAISA Annual Meeting Student Paper Prize

The Council of NAISA invites nominations for the best student paper prize to be presented at the Sixth Annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association in Austin, Texas, from May 29-31, 2014. Only presenters and papers ALREADY accepted for presentation at the 2014 annual meeting are eligible for nomination.

Papers may be self-nominated or nominated by any NAISA member. A prize committee comprised of NAISA Council members and other NAISA (faculty) members will choose a winner to be announced in Austin at the reception following the Presidential Address. Papers must be paginated, left margin justified, double-spaced, and may not exceed 4,000 words, not inclusive of references/endnotes. However, elaborating footnotes do count as part of the word count. Longer papers, or those that do not follow required formatting instructions, will not be considered. Please put your name, NAISA session number, and word count (exclusive of references/bibliography) directly after your name on your title page.

While nomination is permitted by someone other than the student, it is ultimately the student’s responsibility to submit his or her finished conference paper by the deadline, Sunday, May 18, 2014 at midnight (Pacific). Please submit papers to NAISA Council member Daniel Heath Justice via WORD attachment at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  

PLEASE NOTE: this is a late deadline that falls shortly before the Austin meeting. This is to allow as many students as possible sufficient time to submit papers. As such, absolutely no late papers will be accepted for any reason.