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In a UW Today article, Deborah Bach discusses recent hires of UW faculty members focused on Indigenous studies, including AIS faculty members Christopher Teuton and Stephanie Fryberg. “The UW is right at the top of colleges and universities that are demonstrating a commitment to Indigenous studies broadly and working with indigenous communities across various disciplines,” Professor Teuton said,... Read more
The Department of American Indian Studies, in partnership with Comparative History of Ideas, is offering a study abroad program this summer. Indigenous Sámi Culture and Connection to the Land in Arctic Europe Romsa (Tromsø) and Kárášjohka (Karasjok), Norway Summer 2016 B-term   July 7, 2016 to August 4, 2016 Application Deadline: February 12, 2016 One of... Read more
The Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Washington seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Indigenous Environmental and Sustainability Studies whose research and teaching engages American Indian and Indigenous Studies through the study of tribal ecosystems. Applicants should demonstrate training in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and be scholars of the ways Indigenous nations and communities understand their environments within their diverse... Read more
Tutoring is available at a new writing studio that opens for appointments on October 19. The Interdisciplinary Writing Studio offers tutoring sessions with students of AES, AIS, GEOG, and GWSS on all aspects of writing and research from brainstorming through final product.  Tutors can talk with students about drafts, formal and informal writing, research strategies, disciplinary expectations, and finding your own voice in writing. The studio is located in Smith Hall 113B. To sign up for an... Read more
In Viewpoint Magazine, UW's diversity publication, AIS Chair Chris Teuton shares the department's plans for a new academic approach: "At the UW our courses foreground Native knowledge and Native perspectives on their own histories, cultures, arts, homelands, and forms of governance." The issue is available for online viewing.              
"Raven's Journey" by Marvin Oliver
Marvin Oliver’s “Raven’s Journey,” carved from red cedar and depicting a raven, salmon, and wolf, was installed inside the University of Washington HUB. Marvin Oliver (Quinault/Isleta Pueblo) has been teaching in American Indian Studies since 1974 and also serves as an Adjunct Curator of Contemporary Native American Art at the Burke Museum. Professor Oliver is one of the Northwest Coast’s foremost contemporary sculptors and printmakers with a career spanning over 40 years. His monumental... Read more
My Body Is a Book of Rules
The Washington Center for the Book has announced the finalists for the 2015 Washington State Book Awards. These prizes are awarded for books published in 2014 by Washington state authors. My Body Is a Book of Rules, the debut memoir from American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta, is a finalist in the biography/memoir category. The full list of finalists can be viewed... Read more
Stephanie Riedl
UW American Indian Studies senior Stephanie Riedl has received a 2015 Bonderman Travel Fellowship. Each year, the fellowship offers 14 UW graduate and undergraduate students an opportunity to engage in independent exploration and travel abroad. Bonderman Fellowships allow students to undertake independent international travel, and they may not participate in any program or organization, engage in formal study at a foreign university,... Read more
Grand Opening & Housewarming, March 12, 2015
wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ – Intellectual House opened its doors on March 12. The two days of opening ceremonies represented the culmination of more than forty years of dreams and hard work to create this important learning and gathering space for Native American students, faculty, staff, and others of various cultures and communities on the University of Washington's Seattle campus.  “This is going to be a... Read more
Elissa Washuta reading from My Body Is a Book of Rules
American Indian Studies adviser Elissa Washuta read from her memoir, My Body Is a Book of Rules, during an event sponsored by ASUW Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Activists. The reading was covered in an article in The Daily in which AIS major Jacqueline Hayes said, "“[The book] opened a lot of room for healing and for dealing with trauma.”