Danika Medak-Saltzman (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) is assistant professor of Ethnic Studies at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her work focuses on Native histories, Indigenous thought and theory, transnational Indigeneity, Indigenous futurisms, and visual culture—including film and cultural production. She also examines the transnational movement of American colonial policies–particularly in the case of Japan—a subject explored in her book, Specters of Colonialism: Native Peoples, Visual Cultures, and Colonial Projects in the U.S. and Japan (1860-1904), forthcoming from the University of Minnesota Press in 2015. Danika is also author of "Transnational Indigenous Exchange: Rethinking Global Interactions of Indigenous Peoples at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition" published in American Quarterly 62.3 (Fall 2010) which, she is honored to mention, NAISA selected as "Most Thought Provoking Article of 2010 in Native American and Indigenous Studies." Danika's work and teaching seeks to reevaluate representations of Native people to underscore how Native peoples have always worked to negotiate difficult situations and visualize/create Indigenous futures in spite of persistent colonial narratives that mandate Native disappearance.
If selected for the Nominations Committee, I would welcome the privilege and responsibility of serving the association by helping to assemble a slate of nominees from which NAISA members elect its leadership. My interest in serving NAISA is grounded by administrative and community building skills that I have developed and dedicated over the years to fostering Indigenous scholarly and campus communities--from co-founding the New Voices in Indigenous Research graduate student conference (2002-2005) while serving as co-chair of the American Indian Graduate Student Association at UC Berkeley and actively participating in yearly NAISA conferences (with the exception of 2013, when a family emergency took precedence), to efforts on my home campus to resurrect the Native graduation ceremony and now working to help found a Center for Native American and Indigenous Studies at University of Colorado Boulder, for example. I welcome the opportunity to help NAISA continue to flourish, and I thank you for your consideration.