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  • UCLA AISC – Joint Statement on UAW Strike

    The Director and Associate Director of the American Indian Studies Center and the Chair of the American Indian Studies Department, along with our respective Faculty Advisory Committee members, call on the University of California to negotiate in good faith to honor the demands of teaching assistants, tutors, readers, student researchers, postdocs, and academic researchers represented by three unions–UAW 2865, … Read more


  • [UCLA Newsroom] Native American Heritage Month 2022: Read, watch, listen

    Since it was first launched by presidential proclamation in 1990, Native American Heritage Month has been an occasion to celebrate the diverse cultures, histories and traditions of the Indigenous peoples of North America and to recognize their vital contributions to the U.S. and beyond. Newsroom reached out to staff members across campus for their recommendations … Read more


  • Happy Native American Heritage Month!

  • Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Cheryl Ellenwood

    This November we are highlighting Native Bruin Cheryl Ellenwood (Nez Perce and Navajo), class of 2010. Cheryl Ellenwood, is a citizen of the Nez Perce Nation and also Navajo. Cheryl is an Assistant Professor at the School of Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs at Washington State University. She is also an affiliate of the Center … Read more


  • [ABC News] Native American creators pave the way for more Indigenous stories, representation in Hollywood

    Native American characters in film and television have long been limited to largely stereotypical portrayals, with opportunities for Indigenous actors and creators few and far between. But in recent years, the industry has seen a proliferation of stories that put Indigenous perspectives front and center, ushering in a new age of Native American representation both … Read more


  • [Times Union] ‘Genius’: Bard professor Sky Hopinka wins MacArthur award

    RED HOOK — The MacArthur Foundation described his work as a filmmaker, video artist and photographer as traversing Indigenous histories and contemporary experiences in a way that “not only represents the lives of Indigenous peoples, but incorporates their worldviews into the strategies of representation itself.” Sky Hopinka, an assistant professor at Bard College in Dutchess … Read more


  • [PBS] Analysis: How well-meaning land acknowledgements can erase Indigenous people and sanitize history

    Many events these days begin with land acknowledgments: earnest statements acknowledging that activities are taking place, or institutions, businesses and even homes are built, on land previously owned by Indigenous peoples. And many organizations now call on employees to incorporate such statements not only at events but in email signatures, videos, syllabuses and so on. Organizations … Read more


  • [LA Times] After nearly 200 years, the Tongva community has land in Los Angeles County

    When Kimberly Morales Johnson gazes up toward the San Gabriel Mountains, she sees the story of her community, the Tongva, Los Angeles’ first people, written on the granite. For thousands of years, the Tongva turned to these chaparral foothills and mountains during spring and summer months for food. Its canyons served as trading routes, connecting the flourishing … Read more


  • [OPB] University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University announce programs supporting Native American students

    By the end of Indigenous Peoples’ Day all of Oregon’s public universities had programs moving forward aimed at giving financial support to Native American students. Both the University of Oregon and Eastern Oregon University announced programs Monday, following Oregon’s five other public universities that made similar strides in the past few months. University of Oregon’s Home … Read more


  • Native Bruin- Past, Present, & Emerging – Cheyenne Suzukawa

    This October we are highlighting Native Bruin Cheyenne Suzukawa (Oglala Lakota), class of 2021 Cheyenne Suzukawa is a UCLA graduate who earned a BA in American Indian Studies in 2021. Cheyenne, who is Oglala Lakota, is currently working as a Realty Assistant at the Pacific Regional Office of the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Born and … Read more


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