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.


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)

Envisioning American Studies:
An Anniversary Conference
March 18, 2016
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The Department of American Culture at the University of Michigan announces a call for papers that highlight new approaches and emerging research at the forefront of American studies. Selected papers will be presented at a conference in Ann Arbor, Michigan on March 18, 2016.

This conference will feature recent Ph.D.s from around the world who are poised to advance American studies scholarship in the coming years. Together we will celebrate the 80th anniversary of our department and the emergence of the field. We seek papers that demonstrate original approaches, a wide range of emerging fields of scholarly inquiry, and compelling work in all branches of American studies. We are especially interested in scholars who have not yet published their first books, as we will be inviting editors of several academic presses to attend. We welcome proposals for papers or for panels (conventional, roundtable, state-of-the-field).

This anniversary recognizes recent archival research revealing that Michigan’s American Culture program is the oldest of its kind in the nation. In 1935, several U-M faculty launched a concentration in the “Development of American Culture” that was committed to an interdisciplinary exploration of national meaning and belonging. In subsequent decades, American Culture has embraced a capacious approach in which American studies has been inextricably bound up with questions of social justice. Building on this rich tradition, our program brings together African American studies, Arab and Muslim American studies, Asian and Pacific Islander American studies, digital studies, Latina/o studies, and Native American studies under the umbrella of American Culture. In addition, these interdisciplinary pursuits continue to encompass history, literature, disability studies, media studies, and queer studies. Intellectually and methodologically, our department, like the field, has been marked by a critical forward-looking perspective and a climate that promotes academic scholarship with the potential to influence social change.

Applicants should submit a two-page overview of their manuscript project, a 300-word paper or panel abstract, a brief CV (two pages), and contact information. Materials should be submitted by November 15, 2015. The University of Michigan will provide lodging, meals, and travel expenses for those selected to participate. Please email your proposal and any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .