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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.



Mahina, an International Indigenous Health Research Training program

This 10-12 week-long summer program in Hawai'i and Aotearoa (New Zealand) is specifically designed for undergraduate and graduate students interested in health research careers (see eligibility criteria below). This program is a partnership between the University of Washington, University of Hawaii at Manoa and the University of Auckland in Aotearoa. 

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.  We are actively seeking applications for Summer 2015. The application deadline is November 17, 2014. 

About Mahina

Mahina is designed for students who intend to pursue careers in biomedical, behavioral and public health research fields. It is the only MHIRT program that exposes students to Indigenist approaches to wellness and Indigenous research ethics and protocols. The program features onsite immersion in Aotearoa and research learning opportunities with Indigenous peoples.

Trainees will learn about social, cultural, and historical determinants of Indigenous health; community based participatory/tribal participatory research (CBPR); and culturally-based health promotion and disease prevention interventions.

Central to this unique program is the trainees’ explorations of culturally specific Indigenous epistemologies, methodologies, and research protocols.  In addition to being trained and mentored by top indigenous scholars and researchers, trainees will be assigned a “sibling” graduate student mentor (Tuakana) in accordance with cultural customs of the Maori.

Mahina offers trainees funding for travel and housing costs and a stipend for living expenses.


Applicants must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • Self- identify as an American Indian, Alaska Native, First Nation, Inuit, Metis, Native Hawaiian, Maori, or Pacific Islander, or as an Indigenous person from the U.S. or U.S. territories or North America, including Canada or Mexico (e.g., Yaqui); OR self-identify as belonging to a socioeconomic or rural background or racial/ethnic group that is underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research AND is a member of an Indigenous household, family, or community;
  • Be an enrolled as a 3rd, 4th or 5th year undergraduate student or be a graduate student at the University of Washington [or university in the WWAMI region] or University of Hawai’i at Manoa in biomedical, behavioral, clinical or social sciences with a health focus and have at least at 3.0 GPA;
  • Intend to develop a program of health research or a career in health research with Indigenous communities; and/or
  • Intend to develop and submit an application toward a health research degree.


Check out the Mahina Website

Please apply here

Deadline to Apply is November 17, 2014

Contact: Anjulie Ganti at or call 206-543-7662 with questions.

Mahina is administered by IWRI and supported by funding from the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P60MD006909.


The US Dept. of Education’s White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education will be conducting a listening session on Native American students’ educational environment. They will make a stop at MSU’s Kellogg Center Auditorium on Wednesday, November 19, 2014. Events begin at 9 AM. 

Please visit this link for more details and registration information:


Nokomis Learning Center is very pleased and excited to announce a SPECIAL LECTURE and panel presentation on Native American Mascots titled “What’s In a Name?” on Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at Nokomis Learning Center.

The cost for this lecture is $12 in advance and $14 at the door. Seating is limited. Please contact Nokomis Learning Center at or 517.349.5777 for reservations.

The lecture is free to Native American elders who should call the center in advance for reserved seating. All proceeds to benefit ongoing programming at Nokomis.



Seeking qualified minority candidates interested in a Research Assistant I position with the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife at Michigan State University:

Job Summary:  The successful candidate, in cooperation with MDNR and MSU Department of Fisheries and Wildlife personnel, will be responsible for designing and conducting fall and spring aerial waterfowl surveys of Lake St. Clair and eastern Lake Erie; will also conduct spring aerial surveys of waterfowl and wetlands in south-central MI; the purpose of the surveys is to provide an estimate of the number of waterfowl present and their spatial distribution; the statistical estimation of waterfowl numbers will be done using program Distance; will be responsible for analyzing the survey data and preparing written and oral reports of the results.

Qualified applicants may apply at reference posting number 0246.


The University of New Mexico’s Native American Studies program is requesting applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position.  

Minimum requirements include: 

(1) Applicant must possess a Ph.D. in Native American Studies, Political Science, Sociology, American Studies, Community Planning, or related disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields, by the start of appointment; 

(2) Teaching or research experience with Native American people, communities, or issues for a minimum of six (6) months.  

For complete information, please view the attached position description, which is also available on the faculty postings link at  The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Educator.  For additional information about NAS see or UNM see



The below call for papers and conference may be of interest:


16th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference

February 5-6, 2015 — Albuquerque, NM

Please note change in location this year from Arizona State to the University of New Mexico

“Sustainability of Traditional Language, Culture and Knowledge”

“Sustainability of Traditional Language, Culture and Knowledge,” emerges as the theme of the 16th Annual American Indian Studies Association’s conference.  In our current times, the question of sustainability and continuance of traditional knowledge remains relevant.  Traditional knowledge is a broadly constructed concept.  Tradition is not static; rather it can be conceived as a snapshot of time or as a continuum.  Particular ideologies, beliefs and core elements can be deeply rooted within people and societies.  Native people face change and challenges at an amazing rate.  What does sustainability mean within a world with rapid change?

This year’s conference looks to explore and initiate discussions about the sustainability of traditional knowledge.  This includes, however is not exclusive to:  language, culture, art, history, environment, governance, health, storytelling, education and all other topics which would include sustainability of traditional knowledge.

The organizers of the AISA Conference welcome proposals for paper presentations, panel presentations, round table discussions, and workshops.

Consideration will be given to other topics that relate to American Indian issues.

Paper/Session/Panel Proposals:

·      Please send paper and panel submissions in a digital format.

·      When submitting a paper, session or panel, please provide the name of the presenter, session organizer and/or all persons involved, including their role/s.  Also, provide their address, phone number and email information.

·      Submit the presentation title/s and a 200 word paper abstract, describing the paper, session or panel.

·      Please submit paper and panel proposals by December 1, 2014. Abstracts after this date will only be considered if space is available on the program.

Please send paper and panel submissions to:  

Elizabeth P. Martos, Coordinator
American Indian Studies
P.O. Box 874603
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-4603


NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity fellowship program 

NYU has created the NYU Postdoctoral and Transition Program for Academic Diversity fellowship program to support promising scholars and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other under-represented groups whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to academic excellence at NYU. Fellowships are focused on strong model of mentorship in their participating departments, geared towards maximizing scholarly productivity and professional development.

Students who are interested in completed the fellowship in the Department of Psychology at NYU are strongly encouraged to apply. If you are interested in working with specific faculty members at NYU, please contact them directly. To learn more about psychology at NYU and faculty interests please go to faculty websites ( The NYU Social Neuroscience Network also fosters research and education in social neuroscience (

Individuals who meet one of the following criteria are eligible to apply:

Individuals who have completed their dissertation within the last three years or who will have completed their dissertation by September 1, 2015; or
Professionals transitioning to academic careers (for those in field for which the doctorate is not the terminal degree);
Priority is given to candidates who do not currently hold postdoctoral fellowships or traineeships.

NYU will award up to five in-residence fellowships in 2015. Appointments are for two years and begin September 2015 and end August 2017. Fellows teach a maximum of one course per semester, participate in school and departmental activities, and have mentorship opportunities to prepare them for an academic career.

Fellows will be appointed as “Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow” and will receive a $40,000 nine-month salary; an annual housing allowance ($20,000); a research allowance ($2,000); and reimbursement for one-time relocation fees (up to $3,000). Such compensation will be subject to appropriate taxation. The University also provides a benefits package, including medical and dental coverage.

Required application materials include (1) a fellowship application; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of research, fellowship goals, and identification of one or more programs or mentors that would represent a good fit for the proposed fellowship; (4) a personal statement detailing the reasons for applying for the fellowship; (5) three letters of reference from individuals familiar with your scholarly or creative work; and (6) one of the following: a dissertation abstract (postdoctoral applicants); or a statement of how your professional experience prepares you for a faculty position (professionals). Incomplete submissions will not be accepted.

Fellowship recipients must provide proof of authorization to work in the United States. NYU does not sponsor visa for this Fellowship.

To apply, please click here:

Submission deadline: November 19, 2014

Awards will be announced on or about February 2015.

To view frequently asked questions, please click here:

New York University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution.







(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.





Two Years Out: A Review of the Native American Institute’s Project on the Potential and Impact of the HEARTH Act

Gordon Henry, Tim Mrozowski and Adam Haviland

(Michigan State University)

October 30, 2014 (Thursday)

12:30 PM CT / 1:30 PM – Eastern Time

About the webinar: In 2012 the United States government passed the Helping Expedite and Advance Responsible Tribal Homeownership Act, or the HEARTH Act. For this webinar we will review literature on the Hearth Act and discuss findings from surveys and interviews, on the Hearth Act, with tribally-based professionals working on land development and land policy in tribal communities. 

About the Speakers:

Gordon Henry, an enrolled member of the White Earth Chippewa Tribe of Minnesota, is a Professor in the English Department and an affiliated faculty with the American Indian Studies Program at MSU. Professor Henry served as Director of the Native American Institute at MSU from 2010 to 2013. He is also Senior Editor of the American Indian Studies Series at the Michigan State University Press.

Tim Mrozowski, Professor in the School of Planning Design and Construction. Tim is a practicing architect and Professor of Construction Management in SPDC at MSU where he Co-Directs the MSU Construction Industry Research and Education Center (CIREC). He conducts research on sustainability, application of LEED to design and construction, energy codes, energy audits, energy modeling and construction project management.

Adam Haviland is Ph.D. candidate in the anthropology program at Michigan State University. His research examines the role of language and linguistic practices in shaping and marking Native spaces in urban contexts. His research also looks at the role of kinship and the generational transmission of language and culture on the process of maintaining Native identities and spaces. 


Registration: There is no registration and no fee for attending this webinar.

To join the webinar go to, “enter as a guest” is by default already chosen. Type your name into the text box provided, and click on “Enter Room”. You are now in the meeting room for the webinar.

If you’ve never used Adobe Connect on the computer you will be using, please use the “Test your connection” link below and do a test connection to the actual meeting space well in advance of the scheduled meeting time.

To facilitate Q&A’s, participants submit questions/comments via the Chat Function in Adobe Connect.

The webinar will be recorded and archived at




November 10th & 11th
Pike Place Market Center
 Seattle, Washington, 98116

For over 13 years Native Nation Events has been producing cutting edge conferences in the Native American marketplace. With an incredible amount of input from tribal leaders over the years and a team of professionals in organizational development and leadership training, we created and held our annual National Native American Leader’s Forum last year. After three very successful National training sessions, two in Hawaii and one in New Orleans, we were encouraged by many of the leaders in attendance to hold regional forums so more of their members to be able to participate. 

We are very happy to announce that we will be holding three regional events starting this November throughout the United States. These regional forums will share the new annual curriculum developed for our July 2014 Hawaii National Forum. This means that if you were unable to come to the National conference, you are still able to benefit from the training that hundreds of your peers have already experienced. With the feedback of over 200 Tribal Leaders and attendees, we continue to hone and refine the leadership training based on the most current needs of Tribal Organizations.

With the intentions of creating a small, intimate environment, totally unique to Indian Country, this two day program is limited to the first 75 registered attendees. Through research, activities, content and assessments, you will learn to become a more efficient leader in both your professional and personal life. Engage with other Tribal Council members from around the country who have similar experiences, explore how to resolve interpersonal tribal conflict, influence others to get results and build long-term motivation and commitment to you and your tribe. 

Assistant Professor or Associate Professor - Critical Race/Indigenous Studies in Education 


Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty/Division: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Department: Social Justice Education

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: Sep 12, 2014

Job Closing: Nov 14, 2014



The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto invites applications for a tenure-stream position, at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, in Critical Race/Indigenous Studies in Education, in the Department of Social Justice Education. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2015.


OISE is particularly invested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our scholarly community through research, teaching and service. In addition, candidates who can contribute to OISE’s Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne (CREFO), are especially welcome. 


The successful candidate will have an intellectual focus on critical race/anti-racist and/or indigenous studies in education. We seek applicants with a Ph.D or equivalent at the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, and expertise in the following areas: anti-colonial approaches to indigeneity and critical race in education; cultural studies and decolonization. Capacity to teach political theory and philosophy is an asset. Evidence of excellence in research and teaching is required. In addition to English, proficiency in French and/or an indigenous language is desirable.


Responsibilities of the position will include: developing and maintaining an active research program; seeking external funding; teaching at the graduate level; undertaking graduate supervision; and working collaboratively with related units across OISE and the University of Toronto. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Applications should include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, a statement outlining current and future research interests, and three representative publications. These materials should be submitted online by clicking on the link below. 


Three letters of reference should be sent directly to the department chair, Abigail Bakan, c/o Cindy Sinclair, via email at For questions about this position, please contact the chair using the same email address.


The closing date to submit application materials is November 14, 2014.


Established in 1827, the University of Toronto is Canada’s largest and most research-intensive university and the only Canadian university to be named in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Located in and around Toronto, one of the most diverse regions, the University of Toronto’s vibrant academic life is defined by the cultural diversity in its community.


The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto, has for more than a century, made a major contribution to advancing education, human development and professional practice around the world. With over 100,000 alumni, 3,000 students and 18 research centres, OISE is home to the University of Toronto’s Fraser Mustard Institute for Human Development where OISE is a lead faculty.  Ours is an intellectually rich and supportive community, guided by the highest standards of scholarship and commitment to equity and social justice.


For more information, please visit the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education homepage and the Department’s website at:


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from visible minority group members, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, members of sexual minority groups, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. 


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Apply online.



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