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Announcing the Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative
Announcing the Native American and Pacific Islander Bruins Rising Initiative

From the Office of the Chancellor Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost What you need to know: New initiative will include efforts to diversify and support our students, faculty and staff Commitments include new faculty FTE, support for post-doctoral and graduate fellowships Dear Bruin Community: This past April, the University of California announced ... Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Mikaela Saelua
Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Mikaela Saelua

Mikaela Saelua is the youngest child of Fiu John Saelua and Catherine Saelua, and a member of the Sa Fiu and Sa Avegalio clans. She was born and raised in her home village of Leone in American Samoa, where she currently resides. While at UCLA she was an active member of the Pacific Islands Student ... Read more

Appointment of Darnell M. Hunt as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost
Appointment of Darnell M. Hunt as Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

From the Office of the Chancellor:   Dear Bruin Community: I am delighted to announce that Darnell M. Hunt — currently dean of UCLA’s Division of Social Sciences and professor of sociology and African American studies — will be our next executive vice chancellor and provost (EVCP). A longtime campus leader widely respected for his ... Read more

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

From the Office of the Chancellor Dear Bruin Community: I am delighted to announce the joint appointment of 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. These two outstanding scholars and leaders will build on ... Read more

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UC Native American Opportunity Plan: Details about the Plan’s administration are still unfolding. We continue to update the UCLA American Indian Studies Center and the American Indian Studies Interdepartmental programs’ website with more information. For further information about Financial Aid at UCLA and how this may be impacted by the Plan, call 310-206-0400.

UCLA AISC Hybrid Model
Effective March 28, 2022, the UCLA American Indian Studies Center will be open five days a week, from 10 am until 4 pm, with the staff working a hybrid remote and in-person schedule. Hours and schedules are subject to change. Please contact the staff if you have any questions. You can find staff contact information here.

Click on the bold links below to hear the audio files for the pronunciation for the Tongva-language words.

AIS and AISC at UCLA acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are 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.

 

Welcome to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

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.

The Center also works in collaboration with some of the country’s most influential and respected scholars writing and teaching in American Indian Studies today, who have made UCLA one of the highest ranked and most respected universities in the field. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us.

Dr. Shannon Speed

Dr. Shannon Speed
Director, American Indian Studies Center
Professor, Department of Gender Studies and Anthropology

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