AIS Graduation 2022

On Friday the entire AIS community—students, alumni, faculty, staff, friends and family—gathered to celebrate the Native and AIS students graduating in 2022. This was our first in-person graduation ceremony since 2019, and emotions ranged from elation to tears to trepidation to relief to gratefulness. Student Services Advisor Tim Topper emceed magnificently, students were blanketed, and … Read more

Native Bruin – Past Present and Emerging – James Riding In

Native Bruin - James Riding In.

Native bruin – Past Present and Emerging This May we are highlighting Native Bruin James Riding In (Pawnee), class of 1985 and 1991. James Riding In retired from Arizona State University in May 2021. He received an A.A. degree in general education from Haskell Indian Junior College (now Haskell Indian Nations University, (1974), a baccalaureate … Read more

Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Megan Baker

Native Bruin - Megan Baker

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Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Drew Preston

UCLA Native Bruin

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Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Mattie Kamahana Bassey

Mattie Kamahana Bassey Native Bruin - February 2022

This February we are highlighting Native Bruin Mattie Kamahana Bassey.  Mattie Kamahana Bassey graduated from UCLA in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a minor in American Indian Studies. She is Kanaka Maoli and Japanese on her mother’s side and Cherokee, German, Irish, and Scottish on her father’s side. During her time at UCLA, … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Jesse Johnson

Happy New Year! This January we are highlighting Native Bruin Jesse Johnson (Kumeyaay) from the San Pasqual Reservation. Jesse Meswiir Johnson is Kumeyaay from the San Pasqual Reservation and currently a fourth-year student at UCLA majoring in human biology and society. During his time at UCLA, he has served as one of the chairpersons for … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Jessica Fremland

Jessica Fremland

This December we are highlighting Native Bruin Jessica Fremland, from the Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota Nation. Jessica Fremland (she/her/hers) is Sisseton Wahpeton Dakota currently living on Kumeyaay land in what is often referred to as San Diego, California. She obtained her BA from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities in American Indian Studies and a Master’s Degree in Sociology from … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Viki Eagle

This November we are highlighting Native Bruin Viki Eagle, a third-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 … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa

Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa

This October we are highlighting Native Bruin Caitlin “Katie” Kaliiaa, from the Yerington Paiute and Washoe Nation. , M.A. in American Indian Studies, UCLA – 2012. Caitlin “Katie” Keliiaa is an Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies at UC Santa Cruz. She is an interdisciplinary historian specializing in 20th-century Native experiences in the West. Her scholarship … Read more

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Elizabeth FastHorse

This September we are highlighting Native Bruin Elizabeth FastHorse, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, A 2011, 2014, 2018 graduate and current PhD UCLA Native Bruin. Miiyuyam! Notung Elizabeth FastHorse. Noon Payomkawish. Nopiiwin Wa$xayam. Elizabeth FastHorse. Is a tribal member from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. She grew up on the Rincon Indian Reservation with … Read more