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  • Passing of our Native Bruin – Phil Hale (Navajo)
    Phil Hale

    The UCLA Native community is deeply saddened by the loss of Philip Hale, a beloved member of both the Native Bruin family and the larger Native American community in Los Angeles. We affectionately called him “Phil” within our community, and his presence will be greatly missed. Phil, who was from the Navajo tribe and belonged … Read more


  • Native Bruin: Past, Present & Future – Lydia Yellow Hawk (Sicangu Lakota)
    Lydia YellowHawk

    Burin Highlight: Past, Present & Future  This June 2024 we are highlighting Native Bruin, Lydia Yellow Hawk (Sicangu Lakota) class of 2023, MA in American Indian Studies. Lydia YellowHawk Lydia Yellow Hawk is Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation, He Dog community in South Dakota. Lydia is a 2023 UCLA alum and received her M.A. … Read more


  • Randall Akee Appointed Next Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chair in Social Justice

    Randall Akee Appointed Next Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chair in Social Justice Public policy professor is cited for his commitment to Indigenous communities and accomplishments as an economist June 5, 2024 Professor of Public Policy and American Indian Studies Randall Akee has been appointed the next Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. Chair in Social Justice at UCLA Luskin. … Read more


  • Job Opportunity: Student Services Advisor and Assistant to the Chair

    Student Services Advisor and Asst to the Chair  Application Deadline: 8:59 p.m. on 05/29/2024 Department Summary First established in 1982, the Department of American Indian Studies offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in native and indigenous studies, with faculty engagement from across campus. Our faculty also hold appointments in Anthropology, Art History, Education, Ethnic Studies, Gender … Read more


  • Native Bruin: Past, Present, & Future – Arlene Bowman (Diné)
    Arlene Bowman

    Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Future This May 2024 we are highlighting Native Bruin, Arlene Bowman (Diné), class of 1986, MA in Film & Television. Arlene Bowman discovered her passion for art at a young age, drawing faces and bodies in elementary school before transitioning to still photography at fourteen. She earned her Bachelor of … Read more


  • AISC Supports Free Speech and Non-Violent Protest

    Chokma AISC inkana, I write to express our collective concern regarding the events of recent days on the UCLA campus. The AISC came about, in large part, because of student activism and protest. We stand committed to free speech and the right for our students to exercise non-violent political protest, safely and without fear of … Read more


  • Native Bruin: Past, Present, & Future – Makela Yepez (Pomo)
    Makela Yepez (Pomo)

    Bruin Highlight: Past, Present & Future This April 2024 we are highlighting Native Bruin, Makela Yepez (Pomo), class of 2021 Makela Yepez, a member of the Hopland Band of Pomo Indians located in rural Northern California, aspired of becoming an artist in Los Angeles from a young age. Upon gaining acceptance to the UCLA School … Read more


  • The Arianna & Hannah Yellowthunder Scholarship for 2024-25 Academic Year

    The Arianna & Hannah Yellowthunder Scholarship for 2024-25 Academic Year Eligible Students: Must be a UCLA student during the 2024-25 academic year Student must be an American Indian Studies Major, Minor or a Master’s degree student Or student must have proof of American Indian ancestry/lineal descent Undergraduate students must have 90 units or more during … Read more


  • Native Bruin: Past, Present, & Future – Vivian C. Garcia

      This March 2024 we are highlighting Native Bruin, Vivian C. Garcia (Cherokee), class of 2011. Vivian C. Garcia, a proud member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, is a dedicated advocate for the Native American community in Los Angeles. With ties to both Los Angeles and Oklahoma, she has devoted her career to promoting … Read more


  • LA Times: UCLA doubles down on ethnic studies expansion amid fraught national politics

    By Teresa Watanabe | Staff Writer  Feb. 5, 2024 6 AM PT More than five decades ago, Morgan Chu was taught a version of American history that all but ignored the experiences of Asian Americans like him. Chu, an attorney who grew up in New York and moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA, never … Read more


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