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.


NAISA Council member Kehaulani Kauanui has written a terrific analysis of the newest developments on the Akaka Bill. It's must reading! Here's the link:

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May 29-31, 2014
University of Texas at Austin, Hilton Austin

Propósito: NAISA ofrece becas pequeñas para reembolsar algunos de los gastos involucrados en asistir al congreso anual. Los gastos elegibles para reembolso son los costos de inscripción temprana (Early Conference Registration), pasajes de avión o transporte por vía terrestre, y alojamiento en dormitorios de la Universidad de Texas. Los costos de tramitar documentos de viaje (pasaporte, visa etc.) no son cubiertos por estas becas. Dado los fondos limitados y en anticipación de un número importante de solicitudes, becarios deben saber que las becas no bastarán para cubrir todo (ni gran parte) de los costos totales de participación en el Congreso.

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Call for Submissions:
An Anthology of Articles, Essays and Interviews
By Women of Color + Indigenous Women in the North American Environmental Movement

– Please share with potentially interested individuals, networks and organizations –
While a multitude of serious issues face our planet and human communities today, an array of visionary efforts, actions and solutions are simultaneously being offered to counter the many challenges we face. Women of Color and Indigenous Women are at the center of and leading much of this important work.

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May 29-31, 2014
University of Texas at Austin, Hilton Austin

Purpose: NAISA makes small grants to help offset costs associated with attending its annual meeting. These costs are limited to Early Conference Registration, Air or Ground Travel, and Dormitory rooms. Financial or procedural assistance for securing official travel documentation (e.g passports, visas) is not covered. Given limited funds and in anticipation of a large pool of applicants, a grantee should not expect to receive an amount to cover the entire or even a substantial part of the cost of attending the conference.

Eligibility: Any NAISA member in good standing whose abstract proposal has been accepted for the 2014 Conference and who is listed in the Preliminary Program. If you are so listed and wish to apply for assistance, you must join NAISA or renew your Membership if you have not already done so.

Criteria: Available funds will be dispersed according to the quality of applicant’s conference proposal, financial need, relative access to institutional funding, and contribution to the goals and aspirations of NAISA. Additional criteria include promotion of geographic, cultural and/or intellectual diversity.

Information Needed:

____ Application form, see attached document. Please complete and send form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

____ Official quote for lowest airfare or ground fare to Austin, TX if you are seeking transportation assistance. Please include a PDF of the relevant document(s).

Deadline: Applications received before April 7, 2014 (midnight, US East Coast Time Zone) will receive preferential review.
Final deadline: May 16, 2014 (midnight, US East Coast Time Zone).

Form of Disbursement: Grants for travel and dormitories will be paid as reimbursements through the form of a US check. We will make all effort to send these checks to the grantee before the travel dates; otherwise checks will be made available at the conference site. Grants for early registration will be handled internally by NAISA, these monies will not be sent to the awardee.

docx2014 NAISA Conference Travel Grant Application Form for Website.docx(79.09 KB)

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Declaration of Support for the Boycott of Israeli Academic Institutions by the Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association

December 15, 2013

The council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) declares its support for the boycott of Israeli academic institutions.

A broad coalition of Palestinian non-governmental organizations, acting in concert to represent the Palestinian people, formed the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. Their call was taken up in the United States by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. A NAISA member-initiated petition brought this issue to NAISA Council. After extensive deliberation on the merits of the petition, the NAISA Council decided by unanimous vote to encourage members of NAISA and all who support its mission to honor the boycott.

NAISA is dedicated to free academic inquiry about, with, and by Indigenous communities. The NAISA Council protests the infringement of the academic freedom of Indigenous Palestinian academics and intellectuals in the Occupied Territories and Israel who are denied fundamental freedoms of movement, expression, and assembly, which we uphold.

As the elected council of an international community of Indigenous and allied non-Indigenous scholars, students, and public intellectuals who have studied and resisted the colonization and domination of Indigenous lands via settler state structures throughout the world, we strongly protest the illegal occupation of Palestinian lands and the legal structures of the Israeli state that systematically discriminate against Palestinians and other Indigenous peoples.

NAISA is committed to the robust intellectual and ethical engagement of difficult and often highly charged issues of land, identity, and belonging. Our members will have varying opinions on the issue of the boycott, and we encourage generous dialogue that affirms respectful disagreement as a vital scholarly principle. We reject shaming or personal attacks as counter to humane understanding and the greater goals of justice, peace, and decolonization.

As scholars dedicated to the rights of Indigenous peoples, we affirm that our efforts are directed specifically at the Israeli state, not at Israeli individuals. The NAISA Council encourages NAISA members to boycott Israeli academic institutions because they are imbricated with the Israeli state and we wish to place pressure on that state to change its policies. We champion and defend intellectual and academic freedom, and we recognize that conversation and collaboration with individuals and organizations in Israel/Palestine can make an important contribution to the cause of justice. In recognition of the profound social and political obstacles facing Palestinians in such dialogues, however, we urge our members and supporters to engage in such actions outside the aegis of Israeli educational institutions, honoring this boycott until such time as the rights of the Palestinian people are respected and discriminatory policies are ended.

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