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.


Call for Applicants to Indigenous Writers Fellowship at the School for Advanced Research
The School for Advanced Research (SAR), with the generous support of the Lannan Foundation, is seeking applicants for the Indigenous Writer-in-Residence fellowship. The purpose of this fellowship is to advance the work of an indigenous writer pursuing their creative project while enabling them to interact with local scholarly, artist, and Native communities. The fellowship runs from mid-June to early August and is open to writers indigenous to the United States or Canada. The fellow is provided with a $6,000 stipend, on-campus housing, studio space, supplies allowance, library support, and travel reimbursement to and from SAR.
The deadline to apply is Monday, February 16. For more information, please visit and click on the Programs link or call Maria Spray at 505-954-7237.

Eleventh Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference 
April 16-17, 2015
University Center Annex

The purpose of the Southeast Indian Studies Conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region.


Proposals due Jan. 15, 2015.  For more information and a link to the CFP, go to:

Proposals Due on February 1, 2015

Navajo Studies Conference Inc. (NSCI) is pleased to announce that proposals for the 20th annual Navajo Studies Conference are now being accepted. Themed Yideeskąągóó Dinék’eh Nitsáhákees, Éé’deetįįh dóó Hódzą Bee Ániit’éedoo (Navajo Knowledge and Experience for Our Future), the conference highlights the wealth and diversity of knowledge practiced throughout Diné history.

The conference will be held May 29–30, 2015 at the base of Dookóóslííd (Flagstaff, AZ) on the Northern Arizona University campus. NSCI encourages proposals that address a variety of topics and that embrace creative and interactive session formats. Proposals for sessions in Diné bizaad (Navajo language) are especially welcome.

Sessions will run for 90 minutes and can include academic papers, films, poetry readings, storytelling, discussions, posters, cultural activities, workshops, music or other types of sessions. Organizers are open to individual and group proposals. We encourage proposals from all parts of the community including youth, young adults, adults, elders, students, community members, educators, scholars, professionals, government officials, artists, activists and others.

Proposals can address any area related to the conference theme including agriculture, art, community organizing, culture/spiritually, education, environment, government/politics, family, film/media, gender/sexuality, health & wellness, history, human rights, language, literature, traditional skills, philosophy/theory, policy/law, science, cosmology, social justice/activism, tribal programs, and youth/elder issues.

Charlotte Frisbie and David Brugge founded Navajo Studies Conference in 1986. Since that time, NSCI has evolved into an all-Diné volunteer non-profit organization with 501(c) 3 status. Our mission is to embrace and uphold Diné culture and language; promote and facilitate ethical and responsible research; provide a forum for the exchange of ideas of Diné life; and inspire critical reflection.

For more information, contact Tiffany Lee, NSCI President, at 505- 277-1820 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Full details regarding the Call for Proposals and Conference Registration can be found on our website at
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On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land

A National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute

In residence at the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. June 15- July 2, 2015

“On Native Grounds: Studies of Native American Histories and the Land” is a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute sponsored by the Community College Humanities Association. It is an opportunity for seventeen select faculty participants from two-year community and four-year colleges, tribal colleges, and universities, and three graduate students in a humanities discipline, to enhance their teaching and research through a three-week residency at the Library of Congress, and by engaging with prominent scholars in the field of Native American ethnohistory and legal history.. The Institute schedule features a rich schedule of interdisciplinary seminars on Native American history and ethnohistory by the following eight distinguished

Visiting Faculty Scholars:
Stuart Banner, a legal historian, is the Norman Abrams Professor of Law at the UCLA School of Law.

Ned Blackhawk (Western Shoshone), Professor of History & American Studies and Director of Undergraduate Studies in American Studies at Yale

Kathleen Du Val is an Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Daniel K. Richter is Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History and the Richard S. Dunn director of the McNeil Center for Early American Studies, University of Pennsylvania

Deborah Rosen is a professor in the History Department of Lafayette College

John Rennie Short is Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Michael Witgen (Red Cliff Ojibwe), an associate professor at the University of Michigan, holds a joint appointment in the Department of American Culture and the Department of History

John Wunder is Professor emeritus of History and Journalism, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Stipend: The stipend of $2,700 for the Native Grounds” Institute includes pre-arranged and pre-paid lodging for nineteen nights at the Capitol Hill Hotel, adjacent to the Library of Congress.

For additional information visit our website:

Or contact Dr. George Scheper, , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Dr. Laraine Fletcher, , This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Or Project Manager David Berry, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. On Native

Application Deadline: March 2, 2015

Inspired by the 1961 Kent Mackenzie film, The Exiles, which depicts the lives of Native peoples relocated to Los Angeles during the 1950s, Navajo photographer and filmmaker Pamela Peters is (re)creating a documentary picture of urban Indians living in Los Angeles today. Legacy of Exiled NDNZ is a short, multimedia piece incorporating film and photography that documents the lives of seven young American Indians who have either migrated from their respective reservations, or who continue to survive as offspring of families who participated in the Indian Relocation Program enacted by the US government in 1956. Through the stories told by these young adults, we catch a glimpse into the maturing lives of a group of urban "NDNZ" and witness a tribute to the first generation of relocated (exiled) American Indians from the 1950s. To learn more and to donate to this remarkable film, go to /