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November 24, 2021
Greetings all, The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Indigenous Foods Symposium committee is seeking a temporary part-time coordinator for our 2022 event to be held in May in a hybrid format (in-person with virtual participation). Please see the full position description here. The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ: Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge Symposium Coordinator is: Temporary Hourly Duration: Jan. 5 -... Read more
Leonard Forsman
October 27, 2021
Leonard Forsman, chairman of the Suquamish Tribe and president of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, will become the first Native American to serve on the University of Washington Board of Regents Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday, Oct. 25. Forsman earned his bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the university in 1987. “As a student in the early 1980s, I dreamed of a day when Tribal students and Tribal nations would be recognized appropriately on campus and beyond,” Forsman said in a... Read more
Tami Hohn writes the word 'alive' in Southern Lushootseed
June 28, 2021
As soon as Tami Hohn stepped onto the UW Seattle campus to teach Southern Lushootseed language, there has been a buzz. Hohn joined the Department of American Indian Studies informally in Autumn 2017 by teaching free, drop-in language learning and conversation sessions with her colleague Nancy Jo Bob. By January, the Seattle Times had dropped in and written a story... Read more
portrait Han Eckelberg left and Toelau Gasetoto right
June 10, 2021
Each year, the Husky 100 recognizes 100 undergraduate and graduate students from the UW Bothell, Seattle and Tacoma campuses in all areas of study who are making the most of their time at the UW. This year, 2 of them are graduating students with a minor in Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies.  These students actively connect what happens inside and outside of the classroom and apply what they learn to make a difference on campus, in their... Read more
Canoe paddle sculptures outside Burke Museum, cover for Indigenous Walking Tour booklet
June 8, 2021
Have you heard? The long-awaited Indigenous Walking Tour guide booklet by AIS major Owen Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo) is officially released and available to the public.  The 40-page, full color booklet tells the story of Indigenous places through an Indigenous community member’s eyes across seven stops on campus. Stops include the Burke Museum, wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ  [Intellectual House], Indigenous artworks, the Medicinal Herb Garden, the... Read more
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May 31, 2021
Anna Hohag graduated from the AIS program in 2011 and is currently working as a Tribal Attorney. "AIS courses exposed me to the most relevant and empowering education, curriculum, history, and indigenous voices— something I had not received in my public education up to that point."  Anna says her favorite part of the AIS program was sharing Raven’s Feast with her family, the UW and Seattle Community, and professors. If she could give advice to those that are considering to major/minor in AIS,... Read more
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May 31, 2021
Justin Dissmo graduated from the AIS program in 2012. When asked why he decided to study AIS, he said, "I’m a Puyallup tribal member, and have a desire to grow my knowledge in the history of indigenous America. One of the most memorable parts of being in AIS was working on my senior thesis with the guidance of the late Marvin Oliver. To anyone considering a major or minor in AIS, follow your heart, and be thankful for every moment."  Justin is currently a pasta chef and ceramic artist.
Stephanie Leon Riedl
May 24, 2021
Stephanie Riedl decided to graduate with a degree in AIS in 2015 because "I wanted answers to my experience and my families experiences as Indigenous people. I wanted to learn how to be more supportive of my family, my urban Indigenous community, and my Sts’ailes and Coast Salish kin healing from colonialism." "In the last year in the AIS program I was given a pseudo “research” assignment, to interview a woman in my family," they say, when asked about the most memorable part of the AIS program... Read more
Mariah Ravelli
May 24, 2021
Mariah Ravelli graduated from the AIS program in 2011. She was inspired to pursue a degree in AIS because of her strong ties to her Native family in New Mexico. "Growing up I heard my grandmother's stories of what life was like for her, as well as a subtle undercurrent of demoralization that permeated within my elders. I not only wanted to get a general education, but get an education in a field that directly tied to my culture and showed pride for my family." Mariah goes into depth about her... Read more
madrina salgado
May 10, 2021
Madrienne White graduated from American Indian Studies in 2008. Of her time in the program, she says, "I was influenced to major is AIS by being told to take advantage of any opportunity to study tribal history, stories, law, and much more. AIS provided me with an opportunity to study contemporary issues, literature, and politics". One of the most memorable parts of the AIS program was "The people I met, and all the friendships and bonds I created. Those genuine people enriched my experience,... Read more