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Sierra Campbell 2020 Udall Scholar
November 23, 2020
AIS student named 2020 Udall Scholar. Sierra Campbell joins only 55 students nationally to receive this prestigious honor. Sierra is a citizen of the Apsáalooke Nation of Montana and is majoring in Education with minors in American Indian Studies and Environmental Studies.She is passionate about shifting the narrative of healthcare to be more holistic and culturally relevant for communities. Sierra plans on... Read more
Book Cover Reclaiming the Reservation with photo of Professor Harmon
November 23, 2020
Congratulations Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) J. Harmon for being awarded Western History Association Robert G. Athearn Award in 2020, for best book on the twentieth-century West Reclaiming the Reservation: Histories of Indian Sovereignty Suppressed and Renewed  Dr. Alexandra (Sasha) Harmon has taught in the American Indian Studies Program since 1995 and just recently retired from full-time teaching. She received her B.A. from Stanford University in 1966.... Read more
Group photo all ocean nexus fellows
November 19, 2020
Ocean Nexus is proud to welcome five undergraduate student fellows and one graduate student fellow in Indigenous Ocean Ecologies, a new program created in partnership with the UW Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies (CAIIS) and ... Read more
Black Lives Matter on Indigenous Lands article cover photo
November 4, 2020
Maya Esquivido (BA in American Indian Studies, 2019) co-authored this wonderful article, published in the latest edition of News from Native California. Maya (Nor Rel Muk Wintu Nation) is now a graduate student in the UW School of Social Work and collaborated with her sister, Dr. Vanessa Esquivido, and Morning Star Gali (Ahjumawi Band of Pit River) on this excellent piece on Black Lives Matter on Indigenous lands in California... Read more
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November 2, 2020
Statement of Support for Our Sipekne’katik Relatives and All Mi’kmaq Fishers October 29, 2020 The University of Washington’s American Indian Studies Department (AIS) stands in solidarity with our Sipekne’katik relatives and all Mi’kmaq fishers currently exercising their inherent right to food and territorial sovereignty. We condemn the racism and violence from non-Indigenous fishermen directed at Mi’kmaq fishers and call on the Governments of Nova Scotia and... Read more
Stephanie Masterman pic
October 19, 2020
The University of Washington is an institutional member of the University of the Arctic, a cooperative network of universities, colleges, research institutes and other organizations concerned with education and research in and about the North. As an institutional member, UW students can take UArctic courses at no cost and apply those credits to their transcript. This summer, Stephanie Masterman, a major in American Indian Studies and minor in Arctic... Read more
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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.