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September 15, 2020
Statement of Support for our Māori Colleagues and Staff at the University of Waikato September 14, 2020 We, the American Indian Studies Department and the Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the University of Washington stand in support of our highly esteemed colleagues, the Māori academics who have spoken out about long-term, unresolved systemic and casual racism they have experienced at the University of Waikato. In June of 2019 many of our... Read more
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June 8, 2020
  UW American Indian Studies Stands in Solidarity with the Movement for Black Lives #GeorgeFloyd #CharleenaLyles #ShaunFuhr  #JackSunKeewatinawin #JTWilliams #JackieSalyers American Indian Studies (AIS) at the University of Washington condemns the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We recognize their murders are part of a historical pattern of police and racial violence against Black and Indigenous lives. We feel the gravity of this national crisis in Seattle due to... Read more
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June 4, 2020
Calvin Smith graduated in 2019 with a B.A. in American Indian Studies. With finishing an undergraduate degree, Calvin's first day was spent with leading their first group of client's up Takhoma as his dream career as a Moutin Guide for Rainer Mountainerring Inc. (RMI). Over the course of 10 trips and 7 successful summits, Calvin connected with folks from around the country on his homelands of the Yakima Nation.  He is quite grateful to have had the opportunity to work outside and to educate... Read more
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May 27, 2020
Amanda Hayes graduated in 2018 with a B.A. in American Indian Studies, with a focus in nutrition.  Amanda is currently working at a level one trauma center in the emergency department a Harborview Medical Center. Amanda is also doing an internship at Seattle Children's Medial Center for research under Dr. Dean and is working with a trauma surgeon in surgery. She also is doing a Postbaccalaureate Certificate (postbac) to apply for medical school.
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May 26, 2020
Congratulations to one of AIS majors Stuart Heslop! Stuart has been awarded with the Thomas A. Lederman Endowed Scholarship for the 2020-21 academic year.  The scholarship is designed to provide financial assistance to highly deserving students in the Humanities. Congrats once again to Stuart! The AIS Department is proud of you and all your successes. 
Tami Hohn
May 4, 2020
Voices from the past filter into Tami Hohn’s classroom as her students listen to oral recordings in Southern Lushootseed. Punctuated by cracks and hisses, the aging audio brings to life the words of first-language speakers captured decades ago — when there were many more of them. The sounds and stories preserved in those recordings are connecting across time with a new generation of speakers at the University. Guided by Hohn, students learn to follow a trail of linguistic clues to unlock the... Read more
Owen Oliver
May 4, 2020
One of our American Indian Studies (AIS) students, Owen Oliver, was featured in a podcast, Native Stories. Owen talks about his work at the Burke Museum and how we can empower Indigenous youth. Available on all streaming platforms.... Read more
Sierra Red Bow and Reidar Kelstrup, Phi Beta Kappa invitees and AIS majors
April 13, 2020
Three American Indian Studies (AIS) students have been invited by Phi Beta Kappa to become scholars for life. Sierra Red Bow, Oglála Lakȟóta, an AIS and Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management double major, is also an Outreach Co-Chair for First Nations @ UW, a vibrant student organization on campus. Reidar Kelstrup, an AIS and Linguistics double major was in our first cohort of Southern Lushootseed language students and has been accepted for graduate studies in Hawaii... Read more
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April 6, 2020
CAIIS is committed to the well being of our American Indian and Indigenous Studies students and helping as many as they can during this unprecedented crisis. The Center has just begun offering small relief grants (up to $1000) in order to help undergraduate and graduate students offset some of the economic impacts due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grant applications will be reviewed on April 13th, 2020, but the application will remain open until the funds are exhausted. Fill out... Read more
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March 24, 2020
We know COVID-19 has created changes in all our lives and the ripple effects are far and wide. To help you with the many aspects of life being affected now, Ali Cho, an amazing academic advisers in the College of Engineering has begun a running list of COVID-19 Resources to help you. The list includes food and housing... Read more