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.


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
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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 /
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For Native American peoples in the Southeastern United States, the long nineteenth century was a period of dramatic change. Forced to rebuild their villages, towns, and farmsteads after the fighting of the American Revolution left their homelands in ruins, the indigenous peoples of the South drew on their rich traditions, and, as historian James Taylor Carson observes, engaged in processes of political and cultural innovation to bring peace and prosperity back to the lives of Native Southerners. Despite these efforts, and as the master narrative of Native American history has taught generations of American students, the federal government’s policy of removal undermined these efforts and culminated in one of the most inglorious episodes in American history: the forced migration of Native Americans from their Southeastern homelands to Indian Territory in the trans-Mississippi West.

This special issue of American Nineteenth Century History calls for papers that reconsider the history of nineteenth-century Native Americans in the American South. Both historiographical essays and original pieces of scholarship are welcome. The editor is particularly interested in papers that provide new perspectives on the Native South in the early republic; reveal the enduring importance of spiritual and ceremonial traditions to Native Southerners during the long nineteenth century; interrogate the political economy of the South from indigenous perspectives; reevaluate issues pertaining to Native sovereignty and land title; engage with indigenous histories of race, gender, and sexuality; and introduce readers to the political, economic, and sociocultural strategies employed by Native Americans who remained in the Southeast after the removal era to sustain communities and foster collective identities.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to Dr. Gregory Smithers Please include complete contact details with your abstract. Abstracts must be received by March 30, 2015. Scholars selected to submit a completed essay for peer-review and consideration in this special issue will be asked to submit their completed paper no later than July 1, 2015.
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Call for Applications: Summer Scholar Fellowships at SAR

The School for Advanced Research (SAR) in Santa Fe, NM invites applications for its 2015 Summer Scholar Fellowships.

SAR awards fellowships each year to several scholars in anthropology and related fields to pursue research or writing projects that promote understanding of human behavior, culture, society, and the history of anthropology. Scholars from the humanities and social sciences are encouraged to apply.

Competitive proposals have a strong empirical dimension, meaning that they address the facts of human life on the ground. They also situate the proposed research within a specific cultural or historical context and engage a broad scholarly literature. Applicants should make a convincing case for the intellectual significance of their projects and their potential contribution to a range of disciplines in the humanities and social sciences.

SAR provides summer scholars a small stipend, a rent-free apartment and office on campus, an allowance account, library support, and other benefits during a seven-week tenure, which starts in mid-June.

Two types of fellowships are available:

• Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Fellowship. Up to three residential fellowships are available each summer for doctoral level scholars and PhD candidates in the social sciences, humanities, or arts.

• William Y. and Nettie K. Adams Fellowship in the History of Anthropology. One residential fellowship is available each summer for a doctoral level scholar or PhD candidate whose project focuses on the history of anthropology.

Deadline for applications is January 12, 2015.

For more information on summer scholar fellowships and other SAR programs, please visit our website.
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