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.


Wellness & Healing: Indigenous Innovations & Alaska Native Research

The Alaska Native Studies Council invites submissions from all fields related to Indigenous and Alaska Native Studies, especially those that focus on the conference theme. Alaska Native research provides transformative models and solutions relevant to business, wellness and healing, artwork, and other essential cultural traditions. This conference invites practitioners & researchers to share and strategize initiatives for moving our communities forward. Alaska Natives are at the forefront in the areas of business, health care, art and recognition of Elder knowledge. Our Alaska Native peoples have been living on their homeland since time immemorial, and continue to practice their traditional values.
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Is anybody willing to share a room at the Ala Moana (conference) hotel at NAISA 2016? I plan on arriving on May 17 and checking out on May 22, but you can stay for as many days you wish.
Please, let me know very soon at , as I would like to make a reservation as soon as possible.
[I apologize for using the Blog for this kind of communication, but it is the only way I know to reach NAISA people.]

Simone (male...I often get mistaken for woman)
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Applicants Sought for Editorial Board of the academic journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies

Deadline: March 1, 2016 or until Board is named

NAIS seeks applicants for editorial board members.  The term of service is four years.  More information about the journal may be found at

Scope of NAIS: NAIS is a blind/peer reviewed scholarly journal published two times a year by the University of Minnesota Press.

Qualification and requirements of candidates: Key qualities sought for the position of editorial board members: an established record of scholarship in Native and Indigenous studies, including strong awareness of the worldwide scope of Indigenous studies; commitment to actively serving in an advisory capacity to the editors and to furthering their vision of the Journal and fulfilling its mandate; and willingness to take up various duties appropriate to the role of editorial board, including (at the editor’s discretion) the assessment of manuscripts.  Candidates must be members in good standing of NAISA, and maintain their membership for the duration of the appointment.

The applications packet should include:

  • Cover letter providing information about the applicant’s qualifications.
  • Curriculum vita.

All application packets (in PDF format) should be sent to:

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

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The American Indian Studies Program at Michigan State University
welcomes applications for the 2016-2017 Pre-Doctoral Fellowship in
American Indian Studies.

The fellowship award provides office space, access to Michigan State
University's outstanding library and computing facilities, connections
with American Indian Studies Program faculty, benefits for the year, and
a substantial stipend.

Applicants must be finished with all doctoral work but the dissertation,
actively working in American Indian Studies, and committed to a career
in Native Studies. It is expected that the Fellow will complete the
dissertation during the award year. Applicants may be pursuing the Ph.D.
degree in any discipline or area offered at Michigan State University.

The successful applicant will be required to teach one course and will
affiliate with a department or program in one of the university's
colleges, as well as participate in activities of the American Indian
Studies Program. The Fellow must reside in the East Lansing, Michigan
area for the duration of the fellowship. Final award pending//university
budget approval.

*Award Period:* MSU Fiscal Year, July 1, 2016 - June 30, 2017

*Application Deadline:* February 29, 2016

*Application Requirements:*

- Complete contact information, including e-mail, phone, and address
- Cover letter detailing background, coursework, training and future
plans in American Indian Studies, including any work with Native groups,
organizations, or communities.
- Curriculum Vita
- 5 to 10 page dissertation proposal
- Undergraduate and graduate transcripts
- 3 letters of support from faculty on doctoral committee; one should be
from your chair, indicating your ability to complete the dissertation by
the end of the award period.

*Applications should be sent to:*

Dr. Dylan Miner
Snyder Hall Room C230j
362 Bogue St
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Questions should be sent to:*

Dr. Dylan Miner
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The Indigenous Literary Studies Association is excited to announce the confirmation of Dr. Jo-Ann Episkenew as a keynote speaker during the Calgary conference in May 2016. Dr. Episkenew is the author of the pathbreaking work Taking Back Our Spirits: Indigenous Literature, Public Policy, and Healing (University of Manitoba Press 2009) and is a global leader in Indigenous arts-based health research. She is currently Director of the Indigenous Peoples' Health Research Centre in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Also, due to technical problems, ILSA's conference submissions email address has been compromised. Submissions for "Storying Solidarities: Sites of Autonomy and Alliance in Indigenous Literary Arts" should now be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All of those who have already submitted to the conference, please resubmit to the email address above. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. The complete call for papers is included below.

We look forward to hearing from all of you and to seeing you in Treaty 7 Territory in May!
The ILSA Executive

Storying Solidarities:
Sites of Autonomy and Alliance in Indigenous Literary Arts

A Gathering of the Indigenous Literary Studies Association
May 28th-29th, 2016
Academic Congress, The University of Calgary, Treaty 7 Territory
In the Traditional Lands of the Blackfoot Confederacy
Calgary, Alberta, Canada

For its second annual gathering, and the first time at Academic Congress, the Indigenous Literary Studies Association seeks to think together about the sometimes conflicted relationship between alliance and autonomy in decolonial struggles as imagined, illustrated, and interrogated through Indigenous literary arts. While terms like “solidarity” and “alliance” tend to be valued as inherently positive, their often vague and uncritical application risks masking and thereby sustaining settler colonial power in ways that might threaten Indigenous autonomy and self-determination.

We invite scholars, knowledge-keepers, artists, and community members to explore the tensions that persist between the generative possibilities of consensual alliance and the ongoing urgency for what Métis artist and scholar David Garneau calls “irreconcilable spaces of Aboriginality”: “gatherings, ceremony, Cree-only discussions, kitchen-table conversations, email exchanges, etc. in which Blackfootness, Métisness, Indianness, Aboriginality, and/or Indigeneity is performed apart from a Settler audience” (33). In particular, we invite participants to consider the ways in which Indigenous literary arts provide tools for imagining and enacting solidarities with genuinely decolonizing potential, while laying bare the ethical dimensions such solidarities demand.

We welcome participants to consider alliance in its multiple and expansive dimensions — among Indigenous nations, between Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, between Indigenous scholars and the communities with which they identify, between Indigenous decolonization movements and other social justice movements, and between Indigenous literary studies and Indigenous Studies more broadly. We also welcome participants to conceive of literary arts expansively; we welcome discussions of literature, film, theatre, storytelling, song, hip-hop, and other forms of narrative expression.

Prospective participants are invited to propose conference papers, panels, roundtables, workshops, performances, and other formats for special sessions. Sessions will be 90 minutes in duration, including at least 15 minutes for collaborative dialogue. While open to all proposals dealing with Indigenous literary arts, ILSA encourages proposals for sessions and individual presentations that engage with any of the following topics:

• Autonomy and Alliance in Treaty 7 Territory
• Confederacy, Intertribal Alliance, and the Literary Arts
• The Terrain of “Solidarity” in Community-Based Participatory Research
• What David Garneau calls “Irreconcilable Spaces of Aboriginality”
• What Leanne Simpson calls “Sovereign Sites of Intimacy”
• Activist Alliances among Indigenous and Diasporic Artists
• Kinship and Alliance with the Other-than-Human
• Art, Autonomy, and Idlenomore
• Literary Methods and Narrative Arts as Praxis
• Orality and Solidarity Building
• Collaborative Creation and Multi-Media
• Artistic Expressions of Sovereignty and Self-Determination
• Land-based Solidarities and the Literary Arts
• Intimacy and Erotics as Expressions of Alliance

Storying Solidarities features confirmed keynote speakers Eldon Yellowhorn & Jo-Ann Episkenew. The gathering also features the Renate Eigenbrod Memorial Mentorship Lunch, which will connect emerging artists and scholars with established mentors; both mentors and mentees can register for the event by contacting Deanna Reder at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. In collaboration with the Canadian Association for Commonwealth Literature and Languages Studies, this year’s “Aboriginal Roundtable” will bring together artists, activists, and academics who will engage the theme: “Decolonial Solidarities: Ecology, Gender, and Ethical Calls to Action.” Those interested in participating in the roundtable as featured speakers, please contact Sophie McCall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Proposals for individual presentations should include the presenter’s name, institutional and/or tribal affiliation, email address, and telephone number; the presentation’s title; and a 250-word abstract that should identify the presenter’s desired format. Proposals for special sessions should include the session organizer’s name, institutional and/or tribal affiliation, email address, and telephone number; a list of confirmed participants’ names and affiliations; the session’s title; a 250-word description of the session’s goals, format, and significance, and 100-word descriptions of each participant’s contribution to the session.

The deadline for all proposals is February 1st, 2016. All proposals should be sent to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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