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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.



July 1, 2014

Native Children’s Research Exchange Scholars Program

The Native Children’s Research Exchange (NCRE) brings together researchers studying child development from birth through emerging adulthood in Native communities in the U.S. and Canada.  We gather annually to share in an open exchange of information and ideas, build collaborative relationships, support new investigators, and disseminate knowledge about Native children’s development.  NCRE’s current focus is on Native children’s development in the context of substance use.  NCRE is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NCRE II - R13DA029391; PIs: Sarche and Whitesell). 

Supporting the career development of junior faculty and graduate students, particularly those who are American Indian and Alaska Native tribal community members, is central to NCRE’s mission.  To that end, and with funding from NIDA (HHSN271201200692P; PIs: Whitesell and Sarche), we have instituted the NCRE Scholars Program.  This program targets American Indian and Alaska Native and other junior faculty and graduate students interested in substance use research with tribal communities and in understanding how substance use impacts the development of Native children and adolescents, birth through emerging adulthood.  NCRE Scholars complete both common and tailored mentoring activities designed to meet individual career development needs and research interests (see Detailed Program Description below).  The 2014-2015 cohort of NCRE Scholars is open to graduate students currently pursuing doctoral degrees who are committed to research related to substance use and American Indian and Alaska Native children’s development.

An application form is available on the NCRE website

Application Deadline:  Completed application form, curriculum vitae, personal statement, and letters of reference must be submitted by Tuesday, July 1, 2014, at 5 pm MT to  

Selection Decisions:  Applicants will be notified of selection decisions by July 15, 2014.

Kick-Off Meeting:  NCRE Scholars will gather at the NCRE 2014 conference in Aurora, Colorado, September 17-19, 2014, to initiate program activities.

Please contact Nancy Rumbaugh Whitesell ( or Michelle Sarche ( for more information.  

October 15-17, 2014



Office Hours

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

Office Hours: 

Office hours for the summer are by appointment only. Please email Dr. Le Anne Silvey at for an appointment.

Contact Information:

American Indian Studies Program

Michigan State University

414 Baker Hall

East Lansing, MI


phone: (517) 432-2193