Greetings, AISC community!
This year, 2022, will long be remembered as an incredible time for student and alumni activism, culminating in commitments to hire more Native faculty and cover tuition and fees for all Native University of California students, among other achievements. The UCLA Pow Wow returned and was a great success, and this week we were able to gather in-person for the first time in several years to celebrate our American Indian Studies graduates.
Other, more bittersweet changes are up ahead. Judith DeTar, the Senior Editor of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal for 10 years, is retiring in June and will be sorely missed. In other journal-related news, we are excited to welcome Dr. David Delgado Shorter, Professor of UCLA World Arts and Cultures, who has graciously agreed to serve as Interim Editor-in-Chief while Editor Randall Akee serves for the next year as Senior Economist in the Executive Office of the President, Council of Economic Advisers. Our sincere thanks to them and others who help keep the journal a vital space for art and ideas in Indigenous contexts.
It has been an honor to serve as Interim Director of the AISC these past six months, especially during this exciting time with many reasons to celebrate. I remain grateful to all of you—the AISC staff; AIS students, faculty, and staff; AIS alumni; and to Director Shannon Speed for this opportunity—and wish everyone a healthy and productive summer.
Congratulations, graduates and colleagues, and stay in touch!
Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, UCLA Anthropology
Interim Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center