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.

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Thank you to all members who participated in the NAISA Council and Nomination committee Members election and the vote regarding an amendment to the NAISA constitution. Voting is now closed, and an update will be posted shortly.

Annual Meeting

Registration for the NAISA annual meeting in Hawaii is now open. Please click on the link below for details and to register:

NAIS Journal

Applicants Sought for Editorial Board of 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.


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 vitae.


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

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Kevin Bruyneel is Professor of Politics at Babson College in Massachusetts He wrote The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Postcolonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations, and writes on the relationship between race, colonialism and collective memory. He has published articles in History & Memory, Settler Colonial Studies, The Canadian Journal of Political Science, and has an article forthcoming in Native American and Indigenous Studies.

He was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, the traditional and unceded territories of the Coast Salish Peoples, completed his at the New School for Social Research in New York City, and now lives in Somerville, Massachusetts

My work and politics are very much shaped by my upbringing in British Columbia and my time studying and working with political organizations in New York City. I am a descendent of Canadian settlers, and thus raised as a member of Canadian settler society. My familiarity with the history and contemporary issues concerning settler colonialism emerged as I spent more time in downtown Vancouver in my late teens and early twenties, and began to become more aware of Indigenous rights claims, especially as it regards Indigenous national sovereignty and against the persistent practices and institutions of Canadian settler colonialism. In my studies in New York, at the New School, I began to see that there was a dearth of work on Indigenous politics in the field of political science and thus brought my own interest and concerns around these issues to my scholarly pursuits. At the same time, I volunteered and participated in anarchist collectives on the lower east side of Manhattan, specifically at a volunteer-based Info shop that became a site of organizing work and political meetings. There, I supported work against police brutality and gentrification, and in support of squats, local community empowerment, and anti-capitalist and anti-racist practices. My affiliation to and work with the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association began after the publication of my book, when I was fortunate to be invited to present and participate at the 2009 NAISA conference in Minnesota. Since then, I have become a regular, active, and committed member of NAISA. I see the people who comprise the organization as important and vital colleagues and collaborators, and simply some of the smartest and best people I have met in the world of academia. NAISA has become the academic organization to which I am most committed, in terms of both its scholarly and political principles and practices. I would be honored to serve on the NAISA Council and promise to provide my fullest effort and commitment to the role.