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.


The NAISA Council and Editors are pleased to announce the Inaugural Editorial Board for our journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Chad Allen
Ohio State University

Kim Anderson
Wilfrid Laurier University

Kathleen Brown-Perez
University of Massachusetts

Luis Carcamo-Huechante
University of Texas

Chad Hamill
Northern Arizona University

Jolan Hsieh
National Dong Hwa University

Suzi Hutchings
University of Adelaide

Kelly McDonough
University of Texas

May-Britt Ohman
Uppsala University

Mwalim Peters
Bridgewater State University

Jacki Thompson Rand
University of Iowa

Phillip Round
University of Iowa

Maureen Trudelle Schwarz
Syracuse University

Noenoe Silva
University of Hawai’i, Manoa

Alice TePunga Somerville
University of Hawai’i, Manoa

Coll Thrush
University of British Columbia

Maggie Walter
University of Tasmania

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Dear NAISA Members,

Due to reasons of ill health and workload, Makere Stewart-Harawira has made the difficult decision to step down from her position. NAISA Council has received and accepted her letter of resignation as of Tuesday, January 15, 2013. Please find attached an open letter to the membership from Makere.

NAISA Council has met with the Chair of the Nominations Committee, Hokulani Aikau, and authorized the Nominations Committee to make a nomination(s) for a Special Election to replace Makere for the duration of her term: President-elect 2012-2013, President 2013-2014, and Past President 2014-2015. Council's actions are made in accord with the provisions for replacement of officers (NAISA Constitution, Article IV, section 5) and elections (NAISA Constitution, Article V and Bylaws, Article III, especially section 10).

K. Tsianina Lomawaima
NAISA President 2012-2013

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The Council of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association/NAISA is proud to announce the appointment of joint candidates Professors Jean O'Brien (White Earth Ojibwe, University of Minnesota) and Robert Warrior (Osage, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign) as the inaugural Co-Editors for the new journal Native American & Indigenous Studies. O'Brien and Warrior bring a wealth of professional experience, intellectual leadership, and substantial institutional resources to the inaugural editorial office for NAIS. The journal will be published by the University of Minnesota Press.

NAISA Council also wishes to thank the colleagues who invested time and energy in applying for the position of Editor. The strong candidate pool, we believe, bodes well for the position of this new journal in attracting strong and innovative scholarship in international Indigenous studies.

O'Brien and Warrior are leading scholars, authors, and mentors in the fields of Native Studies, and bring experience in program leadership and program development to the journal. In addition to their impressive academic and professional strengths, Professors O'Brien and Warrior distinguished their application with an outstanding suite of institutional resources. Support in the form of office space and Research Assistant positions has been pledged by the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. As a new journal, NAIS is fortunate to count on the leadership of two extraordinary scholars as well as the support of their respective departments and universities.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Warrior and Dr. O'Brien as Co-Editors! Stay posted to the NAISA website for further developments, including appointment of an Editorial Board, and announcements soliciting peer reviewers as well as manuscripts.

K. Tsianina Lomawaima
NAISA President 2012-2013

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As the NAISA Prize Committee Chair, I am happy to post the winners of best book and paper prizes at the 2011 NAISA annual meeting in Sacramento. And one more congratulations to everyone for your brilliant work and contributions to our growing field!


  1. Noenoe Silva, Aloha Betrayed: Native Hawaiian Resistance to American Colonialism (Durham: Duke University Press, 2004).
  2. Philip J. Deloria, Indians in Unexpected Places (Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 2004).
  3. Robert Warrior, The People and the Word: Reading Native Nonfiction (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).
  4. Ned Blackhawk, Violence Over the Land: Indians and Empires in the Early American West (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2008).
  5. Janice Acoose, Craig Womack, Daniel Heath Justice, and Christopher Teuton, eds., Reasoning Together: Native Critics Collective (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2008).
  6. Thomas King, The Truth About Stories: A Native Narrative (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2005).
  7. Taiaiaike Alfred, Wasa’se: Indigenous Pathways of Action and Freedom (Toronto: Broadview Press, 2005).
  8. Chadwick Allen, Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002).
  9. Tiya Miles, Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2005).
  10. David Wilkins and K. Tsianina Lomawaima, Uneven Ground: American Indian Sovereignty and Federal Law (Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2002).


Chris Andersen, "Critical Indigenous Studies: From Difference To Density," Cultural Studies Review 15, no. 2 (2009): 80-100.


Kimberly Robertson, "ReLocating Violence: Urbanity, the Construction of Identity, and Violence Against Native Women."

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The 2011 election for NAISA officers has now concluded. Join me in congratulating our new officers:

President-Elect: K. Tsianina Lomaiwaima

Council (three year terms): Daniel Heath Justice and Jose Antonio (Tony) Lucero

Nominations Committee (three year terms): Jodi Byrd and Hokulani Aikau

A warm thank you to the Nominations Committee for their hard work in compiling such an excellent ballot, to all of our candidates for agreeing to stand for office, and for all of you who participated in this year’s election. Your vote matters! This year we had a tie for the second council seat between Tony and David Delgado Shorter. David graciously volunteered withdraw his name from consideration in favor of Tony, or we would have had a run-off!

The voting for our first NAISA prizes has also concluded, and the winners will be announced during the business meeting in Sacramento, Saturday May 21st from 4:00-5:45.

Congratulations to one and all and see you soon in Sacramento!

Jean O'Brien
NAISA President, 2010-2011

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