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artist Joe Seymour in front of his installed salmon artwork
March 3, 2021
Squaxin artist Joe Seymour talks about his migrating salmon artwork that adorns the new Views on Fifth apartment complex on the downtown Olympia waterfront. You can see the video interview, and read the article featured in The Olympian. ... Read more
Profile of Miranda Belarde-Lewis
March 1, 2021
ISchool assistant professor Miranda Belarde-Lewis, ’07, ’11, ’13, combines research, teaching and curating to help reclaim how Native art is presented — and bring Native voices to the forefront. This wonderful article was featured on the front page of the UW website.  The article acknowledges two other AIAN colleagues Clarita Left-Hand Begay, and Sandy Littletree. As a department, we are so constantly contributing to the growth of Native Studies as a field, and it's always encouraging to see... Read more
Short Talks banner
February 5, 2021
Short Talks Event Recording On January 28, four Native American Huskies took the virtual stage to share personal stories of what “home” means to them as part of UWAA’s Short Talks series. It was an inspiring evening of poignant storytelling, sharing and community. Thank you to all who tuned in to the presentation. We know many of you have been asking about a recording, and it's available here until February 14th! It... Read more
Owen Oliver at the UW Intellectual House
January 26, 2021
Every month the College of Arts and Sciences puts together a newsletter for alumni, donors, and the public to share about the many amazing things happening in the University's largest College. This month, AIS senior, Owen Oliver, is the feature story. We all know Owen has kept himself busy with many projects and adventures in addition to his coursework, even as he double majors in AIS and Political Science. The story especially features his work in creating and teaching materials for the campus... Read more
Laura De Vos smiling at camera
December 16, 2020
AIS Lecturer, Laura De Vos's article "Spiralic Time and Cultural Continuity for Indigenous Sovereignty: Idle No More and The Marrow Thieves" was published as the lead article in the fall 2020 issue of Transmotion, an open-access journal for new scholarship focused on theoretical, experimental, postmodernist, and avant-garde writing produced by Native American and First Nations authors. The article discusses Indigenous experiences of time, and the ways that such spiralic temporality manifests in... Read more
Kyra McFarland
December 9, 2020
Kyra McFarland is an Oceania and Pacific Islander Studies minor in the Department of American Indian Studies and was recently interviewed for the UW’s Transfer Newsletter about her experience as a transfer student.  Kyra was born in Seattle and grew up in the Skyway/Rainier Beach area. She is a transfer student from Green River College who is currently double majoring in Archaeological Sciences and Indigenous Archaeology while minoring... Read more
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