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Living Breath of welebaltx Indigenous Foods Symposium banner
December 19, 2019
May 2020 Symposium - Call for Presenters May 1-2, 2020 "The Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ"Indigenous Foods and Ecological Knowledge SymposiumUniversity of Washington, Seattle The UW American Indian Studies Department and Na’ah Illahee Fund invite Individual, Panel, or Workshop abstracts for our “Living Breath of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ” Indigenous Foods Symposium to be held on May 1 & 2, 2020 at the University of Washington’s... Read more
American Indian Studies bookcase with faculty research
December 17, 2019
Graduate student Laura De Vos had been trying to put together courses for her dissertation focused on Indigenous studies, but experienced difficulties organizing a schedule and receiving guidance from faculty. In 2018, when the Simpson Center sent out the call for graduate programs to apply for funding, De Vos and Dr. Christopher Teuton, who was the chair of American Indian studies (AIS) at the time, wanted to apply for funding for American Indian studies in the Graduate School. But there was... Read more
Vancouver coastline view out of bookstore window
November 19, 2019
I accepted the Corbett scholarship with the idea that I would be learning how to view and develop international methods of decolonizing, re-indigenizing, and reconciling with the intent of bringing these ideas back to Seattle. However, as I have situated myself on the University of British Columbia’s Vancouver campus (UBC), I’ve been fortunate enough to realize what it means to actually live in a place that has already been implementing these ideas every single day. UBC’s campus sits upon the... Read more
Professor Holly Barker with several of her students
October 23, 2019
The Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS), the Department Of American Indian Studies and the Bill Holm Center for the Study of Northwest Native Art at the University of Washington condemn the demeaning attacks in the media and the harassment directed at Dr. Holly Barker in response to her recent publication, “Unsettling SpongeBob and the Legacies of Violence on Bikini Bottom.” This article is an important piece of... Read more
Iisaaksiichaa Braine and Jean Dennison speaking about CAIIS at the welebaltx intellectual house
September 23, 2019
The Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS) just celebrated their 1 year anniversary a few months ago and already have a $1.8M grant under their belt. Plans for the grant, awarded from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, include programs to support current and future Native students, along with both undergraduate and graduate research in the Indigenous humanities.... Read more
Some of the titles read by the Indigenous Studies Graduate Student Research Cluster this year: Our History is the Future by Nick Estes; Native American DNA by Kim TallBear; Beyond Settler Time by Mark Rifkin; As We Have Always Done by Leanne Simpson
May 23, 2019
The Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the UW (CAIIS) completes its first year with a bang. The Center has hosted numerous guest speakers over the year, is finalizing a Graduate Certificate in AIIS, and will be hosting a Meet and Greet event for faculty, staff, and students working in American Indian and Indigenous studies across all three campuses. The Simpson Center wrote a great piece on the work the Center has done and the many things we are looking forward to.... Read more
"Raven's Journey" by Marvin Oliver, in the UW HUB
January 23, 2019
Marvin Oliver, ’73, professor emeritus in the University of Washington Department of American Indian Studies and renowned contemporary sculptor and printmaker, is the 2019 recipient of the UW’s Charles E. Odegaard Award, the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity (OMA&D) announced. The award will be presented at the 49th annual Celebration event hosted by OMA&D and the Friends of the Educational Opportunity... Read more
the Willapa Spirit honor canoe
November 27, 2018
An Autumn quarter AIS course titled "Engaging with the Waterways: Welcoming the Willapa Spirit canoe to campus" was featured in an article by the UW Daily. The class focuses on the history of the tribal lands upon which the UW is built and with it, the waterways that surround and cut through campus and the tradition and culture of local tribes that lived and still depend on those waterways. Highlighting this is the donation of a beautiful honor canoe, the Willapa Spirit, to the UW campus this... Read more
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October 25, 2018
We've got some great news and it's getting people excited all across campus! The UW has just approved the creation of a new Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. Led by Jean Dennison, associate professor of both American Indian Studies and anthropology, and Chadwick Allen, adjunct professor in American Indian Studies, professor in English, and... Read more
Scott Pinkham
October 9, 2018
Congratulations to Scott Pinkham! AIS Faculty member, Scott Pinkham (Nez Perce), '87, received a Distinguished Alumni Awards for 2018. Scott is the counseling services coordinator who leads the Minority Scholars Engineering Program in the College of Engineering. In his various roles and efforts at the university, he recruits, advises, and mentors students all across campus. He lectures in American Indian Studies and is adviser to the American Indian Science and Engineering Society student... Read more

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