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Greetings, AISC community! 
Chokma! We write from the relative calm of summer, in which we are both engaged in field work, Shannon in Oklahoma and Erin in Texas, and as Shannon transitions out of sabbatical and back into active center activities and Erin leaves the interim directorship and returns to the associate directorship. Much gratitude to Erin for stepping up and doing such a wonderful job of leading the center!

The academic year ended with quite a bit of excitement for the AISC, with important announcements that will greatly enhance the Native American experience at UCLA. First, the University of California Office of the President announced the Native American Opportunity Plan, which will ensure that in-state systemwide tuition and fees are fully covered for California students who are enrolled in federally recognized Native American, American Indian, and Alaska Native tribes. Additionally, it was announced that the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria would fund an endowment of $2.5 million to cover tuition and fees for Native students from non-recognized tribes. We anticipate that Native student enrollment will increase significantly in the coming years due to these programs, which is wonderful news!

Second, Chancellor Block announced the UCLA Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative, in which UCLA commits to many important actions to improve campus climate and recruit and retain Native students, staff, and faculty. This initiative was the culmination of the work of a broad coalition of American Indian and Pacific Islander students, staff, and faculty who spent over a year in dialogue with the chancellor and with the Equity, Diversity & Inclusion office to garner significant commitments toward improving the climate for our communities and addressing social justice issues on campus. These commitments will translate into exciting gains for Native and Indigenous students, staff and faculty in the coming years.

We celebrate Chancellor Block’s commitment and the perseverance, dedication and collaboration of the American Indian/Pacific Islander coalition. These gains will be added to others, such as the UCLA Memo of Understanding with the Tongva and the increase in Native spaces and plants on campus achieved by Professor Mishuana Goeman in her role as Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs. 

Further, thanks to the untiring efforts of former chair of American Indian Studies (AIS) Mishuana Goeman and current (on-leave chair) Randy Akee, the AIS interdepartmental program has passed through the final hurdle in the departmentalization process, and it will begin the coming academic year as a new department. We congratulate and look forward to working in the coming year with Professor Paul Kroskrity, who will serve as interim chair of the new department. 
Relatedly, we wish to congratulate Professor Akee on his appointment as a Senior Economist at the Council of Economic Advisers in the White House.

Finally, Professor Angela Riley and Director Speed were named Special Advisors to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs. In this role they will continue the outstanding work begun by inaugural special advisor, Mishuana Goeman.  

As you can see, quite a bit is happening here at UCLA. With all these exciting changes underway, it is hard not to be optimistic about the future of the AISC and American Indian experience at UCLA. 

Yakoke, chipisala’cho/With gratitude, we look forward to seeing you all in the fall.

Shannon Speed (AISC Director)
Erin Debenport (Interim Director/Associate Director)

UCLA American Indian Studies Center 
🔷Native Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Emerging 🔷
This July we are highlighting Native Bruin Jack M. Tome, Jr. (Diné), class of 2021.

Yá’át’ééh shí éí Jack M. Tome, Jr. yíníshyé’. Táchii'nii nishłį́, Hooghan łáni báshíshchíín, Tó'aheedlíinii dashicheii, Táchii'nii dashinálí.
Jack M. Tome, Jr., Diné, was born and raised in Shiprock, New Mexico, where he currently resides. In 2019, Jack received his bachelor's degree in political science and American studies from the University of New Mexico. Thereafter he moved to Los Angeles, California to attend UCLA and graduated with a master's degree in American Indian Studies. His thesis, which he spent a great deal of time on, is titled, “Changing Demographics on the Navajo Nation That Affect Views on the Gaming Industry: 1994–2004.” While attending UCLA, he was an active member of the American Indian Graduate Student Association and served as the Financial Director in 2020.
After graduating, Jack moved back to Shiprock, where he is currently working at Tse Bit Ai Middle School as a social studies teacher—the same middle school he attended from 2009–2011. Outside of the classroom, Jack enjoys watching movies at the theater, traveling, exercising, and playing video games.
Personal Quote:
“I am a proud alumnus of UCLA and hope to inspire more Navajo students from Shiprock to attend this beautiful institution.”


Appointment of Professors Angela R. Riley and Shannon Speed as Special Advisors to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs

Chancellor Gene Block has appointed Professor of Law Angela R. Riley and Professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology Shannon Speed as UCLA’s special advisors to the chancellor on Native American and Indigenous affairs.
He stated, “These two outstanding scholars and leaders will build on the excellent work of outgoing special advisor Professor Mishuana Goeman to help UCLA nurture respectful relationships with Native and Indigenous communities and serve the needs of our Native and Indigenous Bruins. They will play a central role in working with campus partners to support UCLA’s recently announced Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative.
Professor Riley, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, is director of UCLA’s Native Nations Law and Policy Center and the JD/MA joint degree program in Law and American Indian Studies. She also serves as chief justice on the Citizen Potawatomi supreme court, and is the former director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center. 
Professor Speed, Chickasaw Nation, is director of UCLA’s American Indian Studies Center and past president of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association. She was named Chickasaw Nation Dynamic Woman of the Year in 2014, received the lifetime achievement award from the State Bar of Texas Native American Law Section in 2014, and in 2021 received the American Anthropological Association President’s Award for her research with Indigenous women.

Chancellor Block commended their “impressive intellectual contributions to UCLA,” and expressed gratitude for their willingness to “provide strategic counsel to UCLA’s leadership team.”

The AICRJ editorial team

Thank You, Judith!

After ten years serving as AICRJ’s Senior Editor nonpareil, Judith DeTar (PhD 2012, USC) retired from her position July 1st. As a copyeditor, Judith was the consummate professional: editing authors’ work with an expert ear for maintaining the author’s voice, an expert eye for correcting typos and refining awkward phrasing, and an analytical focus on clarifying arguments, sharpening the focus, and refining writing to make it clearer and pithier.
As a production manager, Judith was exceptionally organized and detail oriented. During the pandemic she proactively implemented new protocols and assumed management of editorial communications as well as external communications.
As a colleague, she is a thoughtful, generous, and diplomatic professional who will be greatly missed.
Her retirement plans include traveling, spending even more time in the garden and on the dance floor, and working on a list of home projects
Welcome New Senior Editor
The AICRJ editorial team is delighted to announce that Annalisa Zox-Weaver has accepted the position of Senior Editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. Annalisa comes to us with many years of experience, and we are very excited that she is joining us at the American Indian Studies Center!
Annalisa received her PhD in English from the University of Southern California and her BA from UCLA. She has been a freelance copyeditor in the social sciences and humanities for twenty years, working with a range of presses and journals. Her editing specialties include education, history, law, and political science.
Annalisa’s 2011 book, Women Modernists and Fascism, looks at how female modernists were both influenced and fascinated by the rhetorical and aesthetic manifestations of fascism, Her research examines issues of gender, violence, fascism, visual culture, and sexuality. She is currently writing a book on Sylvia Plath. 
Annalisa will handle copyediting, author communications, production tracking and she will manage the peer review process. We are excited that she is joining the AICRJ editorial team!
Library Hours Summer Session: Monday/Thursday 1–5 pm and by appointment

The library is open this summer and available for remote research and reference Mondays through Thursdays via e-mail and Zoom, and open for in-person research and reference on Mondays and Thursdays from 1–5 pm. The library is also available for access other days and hours by appointment. Please stop in and say “hi” or take a look at the collections when you are on campus.

Feel free to reach out to the Librarian, Joy Holland, before a planned visit,
AISC Library Welcomes New Student Library & Archives Assistant, Josephine Camacho

Josephine Camacho started working with the AISC Library in June and will be helping with various collection management, development, and archival projects throughout the summer term. The library is thrilled to welcome her and looks forward to benefiting from her many talents and areas of aligned academic interests in our planned projects from June to September. Welcome aboard, Josephine!
Josephine is a graduate student in the UCLA Department of Information Studies pursuing her MLIS degree, concentrating in library studies. She grew up in San Diego and is a language, literature, and data enthusiast who spends her time reading at the beach. Josephine received a bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz in intensive literature and she minored in sociology. Her literature background concentrated on Spanish, Latinx, and Latin American literature focusing on Spanish colonization, globalization and its effects on Indigenous communities, and underrepresented voices in Latinx literature. Josephine’s sociological research analyzed racial disparities including societal treatment, economic inequity, environmental racism and water deprivation. Her advocacy in equitable representation and social justice led her to her current interests in how marginalized communities are being represented and defined in archives, controlled vocabularies, bibliographic records and information systems.

Josephine’s current research focuses on Indigenous librarianship and access to Traditional Knowledge and sensitive materials. She examines policy enhancements that provision appropriate access to culturally sensitive documents. Josephine’s research also analyzes reparative initiatives that can be implemented by cultural institutions to remedy current representation issues in archives, subject headings, and controlled vocabularies. Her goal to pursue academic librarianship stems from her research to advocate for appropriate and accurate representation of marginalized communities and providing culturally appropriate access to sensitive or sacred content.

Selected Readings Exhibit
Student Library Assistant Mary Sweeney curated a timely selected readings exhibit for the end of spring and beginning of summer terms. The exhibit focuses on Native Women’s Bodies and Reproductive Justice. To find more on similar topics, or to see this curated collection, stop by the library on Mondays and Thursdays during public hours, or reach out to the librarian, Joy Holland.
UCLA American Indian Studies Center acknowledges the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and is grateful to have the opportunity to work for the taraaxatom (indigenous peoples) in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present, and emerging.

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