Greetings, AISC community!
May has already given us much to celebrate at the AISC. The first weekend of the month saw the return of the UCLA Pow Wow, which had not been held since 2018. The event was organized by members of the American Indian Student Association (AISA), who worked tirelessly to line up sponsors, dancers, and vendors and staff the three-day event, all while juggling their own academic and community responsibilities. Sitting in the bleachers on a breezy Mother's Day morning, watching the dances, I was inspired by the beauty of the dances and sounds of the drumming, but also by the behind-the-scenes dedication of the AISA students.
Earlier that same eventful week, the UC Chancellor's Office made a historic announcement: in the fall of 2022 the entire UC System is introducing the UC Native American Opportunity Plan. More details will be forthcoming. While we at the AISC and our colleagues in the AIS Interdepartmental Program are still learning more about how this program will be rolled out and administered, we are celebrating this wonderful news and looking forward to welcoming more Native Bruins to campus in the years to come.
In closing, I want to emphasize what both of these events have in common: sustained Native student activism, which has taken place over decades. We at the AISC extend our thanks to current and past Native Bruins (and other students at the other nine UC campuses) for making possible such a monumental May!
Associate Professor & Vice Chair for Graduate Studies, UCLA Anthropology
Interim Director, UCLA American Indian Studies Center