Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

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"Indigenous Activism & Healing"

February 2-3, 2017
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, New Mexico

As the 2016 presidential election unfolds, rhetorical and physical attacks against marginalized communities underscores how violence continues to be a tool utilized by the oppressor. Those seeking to maintain a racialized hierarchy while disenfranchising Americans and immigrants demarcated as the “other,” any meaningful dialogue addressing or dismantling systemic inequality and racism have been suppressed. American Indian peoples, tribal communities and nations have and continue to experience violent attacks against their language, culture, identity and sovereignty. In what ways are American Indian peoples and communities involved in not just engaging in a meaningful discussion, but providing solutions to end systemic oppression? Furthermore, in what ways are American Indian communities continuing to maintain their identity as a people and heal despite political turmoil?

This conference looks to explore and initiate discussions regarding Indigenous resistance and healing. This includes, but not exclusive to: grassroots organizing, language revitalization, culture, art, history, environment, governance, education, Native youth, issues regarding gender, and all other topics related to Indigenous resistance and healing.

The organizers of the AISA Conference welcome proposals for paper and panel presentations, posters, roundtables, film screenings, and workshops. Consideration will be given to other topics that relate to American Indian issues. Proposals from faculty, students in colleges, universities and tribal colleges; community-based scholars and elders and professionals working in the field are encouraged and welcomed.

Elise Boxer, Ph.D.
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18th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference-Call for Papers
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The School for Advanced Research is now accepting nominations for the $10,000 J.I. Staley Prize.
The School for Advanced Research (SAR) presents the J. I. Staley Prize to a living author for a book that exemplifies outstanding scholarship and writing in anthropology. The award recognizes innovative works that go beyond traditional frontiers and dominant schools of thought in anthropology and add new dimensions to our understanding of the human species. It honors books that cross subdisciplinary boundaries within anthropology and reach out in new and expanded interdisciplinary directions.
The School for Advanced Research, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1907 as a center for the study of the archaeology and ethnology of the American Southwest. Since 1967, the scope of the School’s activities has embraced a global perspective through programs to encourage advanced scholarship in anthropology and related social science disciplines and the humanities, and to facilitate the work of Native American scholars and artists.
Past Staley Prize awardees include William Hanks, Joseph Masco, and S. Lochlann Jain.
Deadline for the 2017 Staley Prize Nominations is October 1, 2016
For additional information, including eligibility criteria and instructions for nominating a book, please visit
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Newberry Colloquium
D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies
Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois
May 12-13, 2017

Violence and Indigenous Communities: Confronting the Past, Engaging the Present

Studies of violence against Native peoples have typically focused narrowly on war and massacre. These narratives often cast Indians as simple and passive victims, become trapped by stale debates about the definition of genocide, and consign violence to the safety of the past. While recognizing the reality of war and massacre, this symposium invites paper submissions that take new approaches to the study of violence. We particularly encourage papers that rigorously examine the nature of violence in past and present-day Native communities and explore the intersections of violence with a broad array of themes such as:
o Historical memories, legacies, and mythologies of violence
o Theft and destruction of homelands and environments
o Appropriation of fine arts and cultural heritage
o Gendered and sexual assaults on bodies, families, and communities
o Enslavement and captivity
o Violence within and among Native communities

We urge our participants to address the resilience and agency of Native peoples in the face of such violence. Our hope is to secure examples and cases that help illustrate the complex nature of violent interactions both within Indigenous communities as well as with mainstream society.

We hope that this seminar will provide a public, academic forum for new interpretations of past and present events, from a Native perspective, and we plan to publish selected papers in a volume that will be geared toward classroom teaching. We hope to create an online repository of syllabi for faculty who teach courses in American Indian Studies, U.S. History, World History, and Genocide Studies so that all can draw from these examples when developing or revising similar courses examining violence and Indigenous communities.

Paper abstracts of 200-300 words and a one-page c.v. should be submitted by September 1, 2016 to the D’Arcy McNickle Center, Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois. Abstracts will be reviewed and all participants notified by October 1. Accepted papers of 7,000-10,000 words should be submitted on or before April 1, 2017 and will be distributed in advance to seminar participants. They will be presented at a scholarly colloquium on May 12-13, 2017. Limited travel stipends will be available. Following public presentation, papers will be revised and submitted for publication review on July 1, 2017.

Symposium Coordinating Committee:
Susan Sleeper-Smith, History Department, Michigan State University
Patricia Marroquin Norby, Director, D’Arcy McNickle Center
Jeffrey Ostler, History Department, University of Oregon
Joshua Reid, History and American Indian Studies Departments, University of Washington

Please submit abstracts by September 1, 2016 to: Madeleine Krass (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Sponsored by the department of history, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
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American Indian Quarterly (AIQ) is looking for established and new scholars of Native American studies who would like to write book reviews for AIQ. In order to be considered for selection as a reviewer, please contact our book review editor, Trever Holland, with a set of research goals/interests and short CV/Resume at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
AIQ is a peer reviewed, refereed journal that specializes in a wide range of issues pertaining to Native American issues and literature, politics, environmental justice, multimedia, screen studies, and the like. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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In September 23 - 27, 2015, two hundred fifty (250) cultural experts, practitioners, and community members from the Hawaiʻi Islands and the Pacific came together at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa campus to share contributions their practices can have on climate change solutions through the Kaulana Mahina, which is the Hawaiian Moon Calendar.
The ʻAimalama Conference focused on the use of the Kaulana Mahina methodology. This methodology is a place­based environmental literacy practice. It is based on practices affiliated with moon cycles and the data collected by generations of observers who made correlations between each moon phase in order to optimize the outcome of their efforts.
Lunar practices are fundamentally based on ancient wisdom that predates the migrations of the Pacific peoples. This ancient wisdom traveled with our ancestors, guiding them efficiently through their daily activities and also with adaptation to new or changing environments.
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