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Dear AISC friends and family,

Chokma! Wishing you all a happy Native American Heritage Month! We have a number of events to celebrate the month, including a faculty lecture series organized by Randy Akee, chair of the American Indian Studies interdepartmental program (IDP). Please see below for details on the series and our other events!
We are excited to announce that we are seeking a visiting scholar for 2022–23. Every year, the UCLA Institute of American Cultures offers in-residence appointments to support research on American Indians, African Americans, Asian Americans, and Chicanas/os. These scholars have access to faculty at UCLA, the research centers and libraries, and an office in which to conduct their work. The deadline for applications is 11:59 January 6, 2022. For more information, go to:
Applications are also open for the 2022–23 IAC Research Grants, which are offered to UCLA graduate students and faculty. Applications are due 11:59 March 1, 2022. For more information, please go to

Please join the AISC staff in welcoming Timothy Topper (Cheyenne River Sioux) as the new American Indian Studies IDP Student Services Advisor. Tim comes to us from a position as student services advisor at Chapman College. He is undergoing training for the position with Stephen Pilcher who is still working for us part time during this transition.

Welcome, Tim!


Dr. Shannon Speed (Chickasaw)
Director, American Indian Studies Center
🔷Native Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Emerging 🔷
This November we are highlighting Native Bruin Viki Eagle, a thrid-year PhD student in the  Department of Anthropology, from the Sicangu Lakota Nation. 

Viki Eagle identifies as Sicangu Lakota and half Japanese, from the Cheyenne, Arapaho, and Ute lands known as Denver, CO. Her current sub-fields are in Sociocultural Anthropology and in the American Indian Studies department. Viki's career passions in education have been helping and aiding the success of Native American Students to access and obtain higher education degrees. Her first full-time job was at UCLA in Undergraduate Admissions working as the Native American Recruiter. During that time she developed a deeper passion for strategic planning to create programs and support structures for Native American students once they get to college. After working for UCLA she spent three years full time as the Director of Native American Community Partnerships and Programs at the University of Denver. She worked directly with Native American students doing programming, recruitment, and creating new access programs, and tripling Native American enrollment by the end of her term.

Outside of Viki's Educational Career, she has spent a decade photographing her life as a contemporary Native American photographer with her life project called “Real Life Indian” which is rooted in a community-based approach. Her artistic style is photojournalism and portraits. Her current PhD work is focused on photographing Native American heavy metal bands in a genre called “Rez Metal” from the Southwest Four Corners. She was recently awarded the Wenner Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant to continue and complete her study of Rez Metal as an Indigenous sonic resistance rooted in the community. Her project speaks to Gen Xers, Millennial and Gen Z Native youth and their passion for heavy metal music and the arts.

“ As someone who moved to LA, I would like to thank the Gabrielino Tongva and the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians for being so welcoming and generous during my time at UCLA. I value how their generosity and giving for Native students attending UCLA grows and manifests to help the larger Indian Country.”
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) was founded in 1969 as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Native communities. The AISC serves as a hub of activities for Indigenous students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community, as well as serving as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peoples locally, nationally, and internationally. We foster innovative academic research by students and faculty, publish leading scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies, and support events and programming focused on Indigenous issues.
UCLA American Indian Studies Center Events

Please join us (virtually) each Friday in November (and one in December) to celebrate Native American Heritage Month for a talk with four UCLA Native/Indigenous Scholars.

Friday, November 5 – Speaker: Juliann Anesi (Samoan), 2 pm – Assistant Professor in Gender Studies.

Friday, November 12 – Speaker: Desi Small-Rodriguez (Northern Cheyenne and Chicana); 2 pm – Assistant Professor in Sociology and American Indian Studies.

Friday, November 19 – Speaker: Kyle Mays (Black and Saginaw Chippewa); 2 pm – Assistant Professor in African American Studies and American Indian Studies and History.

Friday, December 3 – Speaker: Nanibaa Garrison (Diné); 2 pm – Associate Professor in the Institute for Society and Genetics, the Institute for Precision Health, and the Division of General Internal Medicine & Health Services Research.

Sewing Intimacies
Tuesday, November 30, 2021

AICRJ 44.4 Now Available Online!

The latest issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal is now available, This issue contains a range of fascinating scholarly analysis! Check out Joseph Brewer’s piece about how traditional ecological knowledge helps move Alaskan Natives towards self-determination; and Claudia Bettina Haake’s examination of the Seneca’s invocation of the concept of protection, an instrument of cross-cultural diplomatic encounters in the eighteenth century, when they were pressured to move from their territories after passage of the 1830 Indian Removal Act.
This issue also contains Vincent Veerbeek’s article demonstrating how boarding school music programs designed to assimilate Native youth and destroy their culture were used by Native students to combat assimilation; and Courtney Elkin Mohler’s analysis of how the trope in television shows of the casino Indian “chief”/CEO—usually depicted as manipulative, money-hungry, and criminal—reflects a neoliberal version of the Noble Savage fit for twenty-first-century audiences.
We continue to publish online and in print and are eager to hear feedback from our readers!
CFP: Special AICRJ Issue on “The Work, Art and Activism of Haunani-Kay Trask”
The American Indian Culture and Research Journal is issuing a call for papers for a planned special issue that engages the contributions and legacy of Dr. Haunani-Kay Trask—Hawaiian nationalist poet, political theorist, activist, orator, and teacher. Although she passed into the realm of her ancestors in 2021, she remains perhaps the most internationally acclaimed Kanaka Maoli scholar of the 20th and early 21st centuries.        

The “slyly reproductive” reach of Dr. Trask’s scholarship and activism has explored the tensions between Indigenous nationalism and feminism, critiqued tourism and militarization, highlighted the ways racism and colonialism are embedded within academic knowledge production, theorized questions of settler colonialism in so-called multicultural democracies, and amplified the struggles of everyday Native Hawaiians living under US settler colonialism and occupation. Dr. Trask’s writings and activist work demonstrate the ways she saw art as political and politics as art, or what she called a “confluence of creativities.”

With this legacy in mind, we call for submissions of various genres, including research articles, essays, and poetry, from any region of the globe focused on any aspects of Dr. Trask’s intellectual production. We invite perspectives from various viewpoints and disciplines. We intend to launch this special issue in 2023, in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the publication of Dr. Trask’s ground-breaking book, From a Native Daughter. How is Dr. Trask’s interdisciplinary intellectual work and activism relevant to 2023 and beyond?  
The guest editors are Noelani Goodyear-Kaʻōpua and kuʻualoha hoʻomanawanui. Please email Randall Akee with any questions at
Due Dates (subject to change)

An abstract of 500 words or less is due by January 15, 2022. Please submit to

We will review the abstracts and invite selected papers for the special issue on February 15, 2022. Complete papers will be due on June 1, 2022. Reviews of these manuscripts will be provided to authors on July 15, 2022. Final projects will be due on Sept 15, 2022.
The Center's publications unit operates as a small independent press, one of the few that prizes Native voices in works of creative writing, community handbooks, and academic publications. Our flagship publication is the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ), which has been recognized as one of the leading serial publications on Native American life and issues. In addition to publishing works on contemporary and historical American Indian issues, law, and politics, the press publishes books of plays, poetry, and fiction. Due to UCLA's closure during the pandemic, book sales have been suspended. You can purchase books from Small Press Distribution,
American Indian Studies Center Library Hours and Services, Fall Term
The UCLA American Indian Studies Center Library has public hours this term in Campbell Hall,
Room 3214
  • Every Wednesday and Thursday in the AISC Library from 1-5 p.m—just walk in; or
  • Monday or Wednesday or Thursday mornings in the Library by pre-arranged appointment; or
  • Tuesdays and Fridays throughout the day via Zoom by pre-arranged appointment.
We want to invite students and researchers to pop by to study, ask research questions, get help performing searches, or to use the printer (up to 30 pages a day per student for free). Hours are subject to change—please e-mail Joy Holland, the Librarian, for more information or to make an appointment:
Joy is happy to talk to student AIS and other groups or arrange for instructional sessions in the library on various thematic AIS topics of research or on library resource tools, or other suggested topics for groups no larger than 10 (numbers are limited this term while COVID protocols are still in place). Feel free to reach out if you have an idea for an instructional session for your group, or simply would like to request a one-on-one reference appointment.
Please note, masks are required, as well as daily UCLA COVID Survey check-ins, in order to use the AISC Library.
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