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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The elections are now closed. The Nominations Committee appreciates the participation of all members throughout the nominations and election process as well as those who agreed to stand for election. Your participation is a vital aspect of NAISA’s continued success as an organization.

The election results are as follows:

President Elect:
Aroha Harris
Caskey Russell
Troy Storfjell
Nominations Committee:
Jenny Davis
Jennifer Gomez Menjivar

Nominations Committee
Danika Medak-Saltzman and Julie Reed, co-chairs
Nepia Mahuika
Niigaan Sinclair
Veronica Tawhai
Adam Gaudry

Annual Meeting


Los Angeles, California | May 17-19, 2018

The NAISA Council invites scholars working in Native American and Indigenous Studies to submit proposals for individual papers, panel sessions, roundtables, or film screenings. 

Click here:  for more information.

NAIS Journal

2017 NAISA Editor Search


Dr. Jean O’Brien and Dr. Robert Warrior will complete their term as Founding Editors of NAIS: Native American and Indigenous Studies at the end of the 2019 NAISA annual meeting. The NAISA Council has initiated the search for their successor(s), whose appointment will be a four-year term beginning June 1, 2019. To assure a smooth transition, the new editor(s) will be named in mid-2018.


Position Description


The Editor or Editors of NAIS give leadership to the organization and production of NAISA’s scholarly journal. The awarding-winning NAIS is published bi-annually through an agreement between NAISA and the University of Minnesota Press. Individuals or groups of two or more are welcome to apply for the editorship.




Please submit a letter that addresses your qualifications and offers a sense of your vision for NAIS, as well as your CV. All applications are due by January 1, 2018. The council will conduct interviews at the 2018 annual meeting. Candidates for the position of Editor should be prepared to attend and participate in interviews at the annual meeting. We strongly encourage candidates to discuss their intentions with their academic administrators (deans, department chairs, etc.) so that they can come to the interview prepared to articulate the institutional support they will receive if appointed to the editorship (for example, course releases, graduate and/or other student or staff support, any additional financial contribution). The new Editor will be expected to be in regular contact with the current Editors during 2018-2019 to ensure an orderly transition, taking over full responsibility on June 1, 2019


Western University 

Open Appointment in Indigenous Research 

Academic Vacancy 2017-2018 

Western University invites applications for a probationary (tenure-track) or tenured appointment effective August 1, 2017 (or as soon as possible thereafter) in the First Nations Studies Program, Faculty of Social Sciences at the rank of Assistant, Associate or Full Professor. The successful candidate will be appointed at a rank appropriate to their level of experience. The successful applicant will be appointed into an appropriate department within the Faculty of Social Science (Anthropology, Geography, History, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, etc.) with a joint appointment to First Nations Studies. 

Western University delivers an academic experience second to none. Western challenges the best and brightest faculty, staff and students to commit to the highest global standards. Our research excellence expands knowledge and drives discovery with real-world application. Western attracts individuals with a broad worldview, seeking to study, influence and lead in the international community. Since 1878, The Western Experience has combined academic excellence with life-long opportunities for intellectual, social and cultural growth in order to better serve our communities. 

The First Nations Studies (FNS) program was established in 2003 and offers Honours, Major and Minor degree programs. FNS delivers a diversity of courses covering topics such as Indigenous languages, history, art, music, environment, Women’s Studies, media, politics, contemporary issues, research methods, ethics and epistemology – within Indigenous framings of those topics. FNS has been built on relationships with Indigenous people and communities, with a special focus on local First Nations and urban communities. The program shares in the Universities’ commitment to providing a nurturing environment for Indigenous students. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to shape partnerships with our University and community stakeholders at the local, provincial, national and international levels. More information can be found on the FNS website: 

The successful applicant will be a social scientist who holds a PhD in an area related to Indigenous Studies. His or her research and teaching record will demonstrate proficiency in the application of Indigenous knowledge, frameworks and pedagogies, and a strong record in ethical engagement and collaboration with Indigenous peoples and communities. The actual substantive area of expertise is open but should align with disciplinary or interdisciplinary fields that complement the Social Sciences and Indigenous Studies. 

The successful candidate is expected to have an active program of research, demonstrated by publication in leading journals and/or presses in the field, a significant contribution to the literature, presentations at national/international conferences, and a strong record in Indigenous research methodologies. Evidence of excellence in teaching should be demonstrated in the application including a teaching philosophy statement, teaching evaluations, and any other supporting materials. 

Applicants should send their application letter, a current CV, completed form [], teaching philosophy statement, and the names of at least three referees, which may include community references to: 

Dean Robert Andersen 

Faculty of Social Science 

Western University 

1151 Richmond Street 

London, ON K6A 3K7 

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Candidates are encouraged to apply electronically to the email address above – please email PDF documents only. Review of applications will commence on July 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. 

Positions are subject to budget approval. Applicants should have fluent written and oral communication skills in English. The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Western is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, members of racialized groups/visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of any sexual orientation, and persons of any gender identity or gender expression. 

In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. 

Accommodations are available for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you require accommodations for interviews or other meetings, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..