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.


From April 27 to May 1, there will be a vote on the NAISA website on a proposed constitutional amendment. (In order to vote, you will need to be a NAISA member and to log on to the website using the email and password you provided when becoming a member or renewing your membership.)

The Constitution currently is somewhat ambiguous as to who is responsible for actually overseeing NAISA elections. The proposed constitutional amendment is designed to make clear that the Nominations Committee oversees all aspects of the election. The proposed amendment initially was brought forward to NAISA Council by the Nominations Committee, and the Council voted to put the amendment before the membership.

The constitution currently reads as follows:
“ARTICLE V. Elections
Section 1. There shall be a Nominations Committee, whose responsibilities include: identify strong candidates from the existing membership of the Association for each office, based on the responsibilities of each office; recruit said candidates to run for office; and assemble a full slate of candidates that -- to the best of the Committee’s abilities -- represents the geographic and interdisciplinary breadth and depth of the association membership.”

The proposed change in the Constitution is to replace the above with the following:
“ARTICLE V. Elections
Section 1. There shall be a Nominations Committee, whose responsibilities include over seeing the elections process from the identification of qualified candidates to the notification of election results. More specifically the Nomination Committee’s responsibilities include: identifying strong candidates from the existing membership of the Association for each office, based on the responsibilities of each office; recruiting said candidates to run for office; and assembling a full slate of candidates that -- to the best of the Committee’s abilities -- represents the geographic and interdisciplinary breadth and depth of the association membership.”

Referendum Question: Do you accept the proposed change to the NAISA Constitution, ARTICLE V. Section 1 detailed above? YES NO.

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).

NAISA is delighted to announce that the 2016 Annual Meeting of the association will take place in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi on May 18-21.

The hosts for the meeting are the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa; the National Indigenous Research and Knowledges Network (NIRAKN), Division of Research and Commercialisation at Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia; and the Global Indigeneity and Reconciliation Program at the RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia.

The meeting will run from Wednesday, May 18, to Saturday, May 21, with Thursday, May 19 being dedicated to a day of service. Attendees will have the opportunity to choose from a number of options for working with local groups around Honolulu and the island of Oʻahu. This is an exciting opportunity to be of service while learning more about contemporary Hawaiʻi, exploring causes of vital interest in indigenous studies, and connecting with activists, artists, and scholars on Oʻahu. 

Conference sessions will be held on the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus. Accommodations will be at the Ala Moana Hotel, with shuttle service throughout the day between the two locations.

Please look for updates in your email and at in coming months. 

See you in Honolulu!

Submissions for Best Book, Best Subsequent Book, and Most Thought-Provoking Article for 2014 are due this Monday (3/23).
See the Prizes tab on this website ( for more info.

Call for Papers:
Engaging Indigenous Communities
Guest Editors: Winona Wheeler and Robert Alexander Innes

The way in which scholarly work and research has been commonly pursued on Indigenous cultures and peoples has been subject to criticism for a number of decades. As early as 1969 Vine Deloria Jr. in Custer Died for Your Sins criticized scholars for engaging in useless and objectifying research, and argued for relevant community-driven research. While community-engaged research has been gaining traction in the academy recently, community engagement has been an important dimension and principle of Indigenous research for quite some time. Since the 1980s Indigenous scholars from across the globe assert that Indigenous-focused research needs to be respectful, collaborative and useful. Today we have witnessed the shift from “Indigenous as object” of study to community-engaged collaborative research that is based on and driven by Indigenous agency.

We invite contributions from community and university based researchers, teachers, and scholars who actively and purposefully participate in community-engaged research, teaching and learning with Indigenous peoples, in Canada and around the World. Engaged scholarship most commonly refers to a range of collaborative research, teaching, and learning initiatives rooted in sustained community-university partnerships, and pursued across various disciplines and social and cultural contexts. Community Engaged Research is understood to be community situated, collaborative, and action oriented such that the research process and results are useful to community members in making positive changes. In this special issue we will profile a number of Indigenous community engaged research projects with the intent of identifying best practices.

We are seeking the following submissions: essays; research reports; conference papers, reports on research in progress; audio, artistic or visual outcomes of research; book reviews (by invitation from the Journal).

The topics directly related to Indigenous community engaged research for you to consider include:

* Explorations of the meaning(s), process(es), theory(ies), and practice(s) of Indigenous community engaged research (discipline specific or interdisciplinary),
* The nature, scope and practice of collaborative experience,
the benefits and challenges of collaborative participatory research with Indigenous communities
* Reports on research in progress
* Audio, artistic and/or visual outcomes
* The process of knowledge co-production translation and transmission/dissemination
* evaluating project outcomes
* undergraduate Indigenous community engaged research, experiential learning, community service learning and the scholarship of engagement
* The relationship between Indigenous community engaged research and teaching shared paths and intersections

To insure the Journal secures the right and best peers to review your work, please first submit to us your short paper proposal (250 words) and bio (250 words) by Friday, June 26, 2015. Your proposal needs to identify the focus and content of your prospective paper, the disciplinary training of the authors, the section of the Journal you are submitting to (for peer-reviewed or editor-reviewed section), and whether you will have additional visual or audio material that you would like to include in your submission.

Please submit your paper by Friday, September 25, 2015. All submissions will undergo editorial or blind peer review. Submissions for the Essays Section of the Journal will be subject to blind peer review, submissions to other Journal sections will undergo editorial review.

Essays (maximum 8,000 words) that will be subject to blind peer reviewing should:

* Represent original, unpublished work that is not under consideration by other journals or collections of essays
* Written in accessible language, to respect multidisciplinary nature of the Journal and the diversity of our readers
Include an abstract (200 words) and indicate up to five keywords
* Be typed, double-spaced throughout, in 12-pt Times New Roman font
* Be formatted in the American Psycholog5cal Association (APA) style, 6th edition
* Have a separate cover page that includes the names, institutional affiliations, addresses, and contact information of all authors
* Include author biography/ies (no more than 50 words per author) on a separate sheet
* Indicate that appropriate Institutional Research Ethics Board approval was secured, if applicable
* Be formatted and saved in Microsoft Word (no PDF please)
* Be submitted in two versions, one should include all information to be published, and in the other copy information to be ‘blinded’ should be substituted with blank underlined spaces. Information to be ‘blinded’ includes all text or data that will have to be removed from the essay for blind peer review purposes

Please submit via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Deadline for proposals: Friday, June 26, 2015

Deadline for all contributions: Friday, September 25, 2015

Expected date of publication: Spring 2016

@ 2015 Engaged Scholar Journal: Community-Engaged Research, Teaching and Learning. University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada ISSN: 2368-416X