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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
Sample shot of new website identifying Coast Salish art in King County
March 2, 2020
A new resource, a website called “Visible on Ancestral Lands:  Coast Salish Public Art Works in King County,” documents the public art created by Coast Salish artists and installed in King County, that is, the art that is permanently installed in public locations for all to see.  The website was created by Crisca Bierwert, an Affiliate Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department at the University of Washington.  This is a collaborative project.  Crisca created the... Read more
Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs, from left, Rob Alfred, John Ridsdale (Na'Moks) and Antoinette Austin, rally in support of the Wet’suwet’en Nation in Smithers, B.C., on Jan. 10, 2020.
February 13, 2020
The American Indian Studies Department is the home of American Indian and Indigenous knowledge at the University of Washington, and we acknowledge that we are on Coast Salish lands and waters. We are a community of faculty, students, staff, and local partners engaged in the interdisciplinary study of Indigenous peoples with the collective goal of fostering Indigenous wellness, political sovereignty, cultural revitalization, and cross-cultural understanding. Our research... Read more
Professor Charlotte Cote
February 13, 2020
Charlotte Coté, associate professor in the Department of American Indian Studies, will present the Office of Minority Affairs & Diversity’s (OMA&D) 16th annual Samuel E. Kelly Distinguished Faculty Lecture, Thurs., March 12, 2020, at wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House. Held in conjunction with the five-year anniversary of wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ, the event will feature Cote’s lecture titled “‘Indigenizing’ the University of... Read more
Owen Oliver at the UW Intellectual House
January 29, 2020
The Aspen Institute’s Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) welcomes its eighth cohort of CNAY Champions for Change (Champions) to Washington, DC, next month. This marks the first convening of the year–long leadership program. The 2020 Champions include Owen L. Oliver (Quinault (Chinook) Indian Nation & Isleta Pueblo), Jazmine Wildcat (Northern Arapaho), Warren Davis (Navajo Nation), Isabella Madrigal (Cahuilla Band of Indians & Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa... Read more
Auston Jimmicum at the UW Intellectual house
January 29, 2020
I climb up the ladder  by Jenelle Birnbaum as featured in UAA advising Growing up on the Makah Reservation in Neah Bay, Auston Jimmicum vividly remembers meeting University of Washington students for the first time. Second grade Jimmicum with then University of Washington student Piya Banerjee. Several UW students spent the week teaching and volunteering in Jimmicum’s home... Read more
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

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