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American Indian Studies Program at MSU

The American Indian Studies Program (AISP) at Michigan State University seeks to form an understanding of American Indian cultures and identities, the place of American Indian/Indigenous people in today’s world, and the changing demands of American Indian/Indigenous peoples in the pursuit of cross-cultural diversity.




(AISP affiliated faculty member)

Tuesday, September 16, 3:30–6:00pm

Location: MSU Global Gallery, Nisbet Building Suite 301, 1407 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48823

The exhibit will run from September 12 – October 30, 2014 and the gallery hours are from Monday–Friday, 9:00am–4:00pm.



Special Symposium (Webcast) at the National Museum of the American Indian
Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations
Thursday, September 18, 2014

Peace MedalTune in for a special symposium (webcast for those outside the Washington, D.C. area) to celebrate the opening of the National Museum of the American Indian’s landmark exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations, and the notable book of the same title that accompanies the exhibition.

Distinguished scholars, authors, and governmental leaders will speak about the past, present, and future of treaties between the U.S. and Native Nations. They will discuss treaties that rest at the heart of American history and that have had an incalculable effect on lands, cultures, and populations of the Native Nations and of the United States.

Senator Jon Tester of Montana will deliver opening remarks and Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour will join journalist Mark Trahant to interview NMAI Director Kevin Gover and Guest Curator Suzan Shown Harjo about the Nation to Nation exhibition.

Where:WEBCAST from the National Museum of the American Indian

When: Thursday, September 18, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 5:15 pm (EST)

See the full program agenda here.

For more information, please contact


MSU Native American Insitute Director Job Posting  

Posting will close on 9/30/2014

The Native American Institute (NAI) works with tribes, Native American organizations, and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity, and well-being of tribes, Native American communities, and Native American people. 

Located in MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, NAI undertakes outreach and engagement scholarship. NAI works across units in the College and the University. Of special note is NAI's close working relationship with MSU Extension (MSUE). NAI and MSUE jointly administer two tribally-focused MSU Extension programs. 

NAI is undergoing a reorganization of purpose, approach, and strategy to best assist Michigan's Native American population. The Director will provide leadership for this effort in concert with Native American communities and university stakeholders, thereby carrying NAI into its next phase of vibrant community engagement. 

The Director will be responsible for all aspects of leading and managing NAI. Specific responsibilities include: managing NAI faculty and academic staff; coordinating program planning efforts in partnership with community members and the NAI Advisory Group; co-directing the Building Strong Sovereign Nations tribal governance training program undertaken collaboratively with MSU Extension and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center; co-directing the Michigan Federally-recognized Tribes Extension Program and MSU Extension; nurturing new scholarly initiatives tied to NAI's outreach and research-oriented mission; generating external funding; and building productive collaborations across the university. The Director will hire and conduct academic staff evaluations; manage NAI resources and its budget; promote program excellence; ensure program accountability; and network with a variety of related units and constituencies, on- and off-campus. 

2014-2015 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC)

Fellowships for Dissertation Research and Completion

The Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change (GJEC) Program, at the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen), is pleased to announce fellowships for MSU graduate students for the 2014-15 academic year. Generous funding provided by MSU’s Graduate School has allowed for the development of four $10,000 fellowship opportunities in the following two categories:

GJEC Dissertation Research Fellowship

Eligibility: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed all requirements for their degree with the exception of their dissertation research. Applicants must have dissertation projects that focus specifically on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Eligibility: Ph.D. students at MSU who have completed dissertation research and all other requirements for their degree program, except for completion of the dissertation. Applicants must graduate by Spring 2015, and their dissertations must focus on the gender dimensions of environmental and/or agricultural change.

Funding must be used during the 2014-15 academic year.  Applications are due September 30, 2014.

Application requirements for GJEC Research Fellowship

Completed Application Form with Research Budget Itemization

 Copy of Approved Departmental Dissertation Proposal                                                                     

 Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Proposal

 Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair

 Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Application requirements for GJEC Dissertation Completion Fellowship*:

 Completed Application Form

 Five-page (double-spaced) Summary of the Dissertation Research

 Letter of Recommendation from Dissertation Committee Chair

 Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Submit completed application and all supporting documents by September 30, 2014 to:

 GenCen Specialist Advisor

 Gender, Justice, and Environmental Change Program

 International Center, MSU

 427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 206

 East Lansing, MI 48824


 Tel: 517-353-5040; Fax: 517-432-4845

* If submitting your application electronically, submissions must be in Word or PDF format. 

Inquiries may be directed to GenCen advisor, Dori Pynnonen (

October 15-17, 2014



Champions of Change

2nd Indigenous Education Conference October 21 & 22, 2014 in Ohsweken, Ontario

Call for Applications: Native Scholar Fellowships at SAR 

The School for Advanced Research(SAR) in Santa Fe, NM, invites applications for its 2015–16 resident fellowships for Native scholars.




AISP Affiliated Faculty Member Dr. Dylan Miner has a new book out Creating Aztlán
Chicano Art, Indigenous Sovereignty, and Lowriding Across Turtle Island

Office Hours

The American Indian Studies Program is located on the fourth floor of Baker Hall in Room 414.

Fall 2014Office Hours: 

Mondays: 10am-2pm

Tuesdays: 10am-4pm

Wednesdays: 10am-4pm

Thursdays: 10am-2pm


Contact Information:

American Indian Studies Program

Michigan State University

414 Baker Hall

East Lansing, MI


phone: (517) 432-2193