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.



Prize for Best 1st Book (publ. 2013): KIM TALLBEAR, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2013)

Prize for Best Subsequent Book (2013): THOMAS KING, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2013)

 for Most Thought Provoking Article (2013): K. TSIANINA LOMAWAIMA, "The Mutuality of Citizenship and Soverenty: The Society of American Indians and the Battle to Inherent America," published in a joint special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures 25.2: 333-351 (Summer 2013)




Prize for Best 1st Book (publ. 2012): ALICE TE PUNGA SOMERVILLE, Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Prize for Best Subsequent Book (2012): CHADWICK ALLEN, Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Prize for Most Thought Provoking Article (2012): PATRICK WOLFE, "Against the Intentional Fallacy: Legocentrism and Continuity in the Rhetoric of Indian Dispossesion" published in American Indian Culture & Research Journal 36.1: 3-45 (2012)




Prize for Best 1st Book (publ. 2011): JODI BYRD, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Prize for Best Subsequent Book (2011): MARK RIFKIN, When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (London: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Prize for Most Thought Provoking Article (2011): LISA BROOKS, “The Constitution of the White Earth Nation: A New Innovation in a Longstanding Indigenous Literary Tradition” published in Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.4: 48-76 (Winter 2011)



for paper presented at 2014 annual meeting 

JENNA HUNNEF, "A Doubtful Outlaw in the Old I.T.: The Indigenous Repoliticization of Ned Christie in Rober J. Conley's Ned Chritie's War"

JESSICA KOLOPENUK, "Becoming Native American: Facializing Indigeneity in Canda through Genetic Signification and Subjection" 




Members nominate articles and books for the Best First Book, Best Subsequent Book, and Most Thought-Provoking Article prizes each year. In the following year, members vote on the nominations through the NAISA website.

Members and faculty also may nominate student papers accepted to the Program of the annual meeting for consideration for the Student Paper Prize (students may self-nominate for this prize as well). A prize committee comprised of NAISA Council members and other NAISA (faculty) members choose the winner of this prize shortly before the annual meeting.