[Daily Bruin] UCLA-hosted conference spotlights Indigenous ecology, ephemeral architecture

UCLA community members are joining scholars across the country to help highlight Indigenous architectural knowledge throughout the American continent in an annual program. The Forgotten Canopy – a series of conferences under The Center for 17th- and 18th-Century Studies’ Core Program – held its first summit from Nov. 4 through Nov. 5 at the William … Read more

[Daily Bruin] Tosa Two Heart honors Lakota, Native communities through personal fashion brand

Tosa Two Heart is wearing her community’s hearts on her sleeves and is hoping others will too. Alumnus Two Heart is exploring new niches in fashion by incorporating traditional Lakota designs into modern clothes. She said her work amplifies the voices of Native Americans in the exclusionary space of Western fashion through its emphasis on … Read more

[Daily Bruin] UCLA plans to open American Indian and Pacific Islander Living Learning Community

UCLA will offer students the opportunity to join a new Living Learning Community focused on the Native American and Pasifika student experience beginning in the fall. Sponsored by both the American Indian Student Association and the Pacific Islands’ Student Association, the American Indian and Pacific Islander LLC will be housed in the west half of … Read more

[PRIME from the Daily Bruin] On Tovaangar

BY RANIA SOETIRTO // ART BY LAUREN MAN Spring 2021 “People of the land.” The natural setting of Kuruvungna Springs feels as if it resists LA’s urban landscape. Tucked between tight asphalt streets and a high school football field, the entrance to the springs sits between rows of buildings and apartment complexes of West LA. … Read more

[Daily Bruin] Op-ed: Americans should remember and honor Native American roots every day

By Kat High and Shannon Speed November 27, 2020 Nov. 27 is Native American Heritage Day. The first American Indian Day was celebrated in New York in May of 1916. The event brought to fruition the work of Red Fox Skiukusha of the Blackfeet Nation, who rode 4,000 miles across the country on horseback, eventually … Read more

[Daily Bruin] American Indian and Alaska Native faculty seek greater representation at UCLA

By Anushka Chakrabarti November 29, 2020 Shannon Speed knows every American Indian and Alaska Native faculty member at UCLA. “It’s uncomfortable being a faculty member where you know every other faculty member of your demographic category,” said Speed, who is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and an associate professor of gender studies and anthropology. … Read more

[Daily Bruin] UCLA’s ethnic studies centers look back on accomplishments, discuss goals for future

By Shelby Dunagan Posted: May 20, 2019 12:04 am The UCLA Institute of American Cultures and its four ethnic studies research centers celebrated their 50th anniversary and talked at a panel about what they have accomplished since their creation in the field of ethnic studies. The directors of the UCLA American Indian Studies Center, UCLA … Read more

[Daily Bruin] Book talk to focus on environmental conflicts in Native American history

By Alexsandra Coltun Schneider May 14, 2019 More than 1.5 billion acres of land have been taken from Native Americans, according to a study by Slate Magazine. Amid the virtual normalization of this process, the idea of returning land to indigenous individuals shouldn’t be left off the table, said author and educator Dina Gilio-Whitaker. UCLA’s … Read more

[Daily Bruin] UCLA students, faculty celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day in event

By Hedy Wang Posted: October 10, 2017 1:38 am A tribal elder of the FernandeñoTataviam Band of Mission Indians burned sage in the air as the chair of the Los Angeles City and County Indian Commission gave a blessing to all those present at an Indigenous Peoples Day celebration Monday. The event, which was hosted by … Read more