As you are probably aware, in the waning hours of the legislative session, the Georgia General Assembly passed Arizona-like anti-immigration legislation. As an "ethnic studies" unit at the flagship institution in the University System of Georgia, the faculty of the Institute of Native American Studies felt it was important to act. Reacting quickly, the faculty unanimously endorsed/signed a letter to the governor of Georgia, protesting and urging him to veto the bill.
As a founder of NAISA the entire recent situation concerning the upcoming 2010 meeting and the discussion on the NAISA website has been extremely painful for me. I regret that I had to withdraw from this year’s meeting. I have attempted since doing so to refrain from participating further in the ongoing blogging on the website. Unfortunately, I cannot any longer.
On May 2, I asked the NAISA leadership to hold a vote of the entire membership on redirecting the conference to protest and inviting Representative Grijalva (or his designee) to address the plenary.
My fac ulty member, Bob Hill, also scheduled to present forwards this from Bernard Fontana who was present at the First Convocation of American Indian Scholars:
"It would seem to me there may be at least a remote possibility the NAISA may elect to join other organizations in boycotting Arizona. I know that were I on the organization's governing board I would give that serious consideration.
I appreciate your thoughtful response, Robert. I would ask what is lost to redirecting the meeting and the plenary(ies) in the way that Simon suggests? It would make a statement and would, if handled properly, get NAISA coverage in the Chronicle and other national media outlets.
I have read the Council's definitive statement on the issue of the annual meeting, which I appreciate. I have also spoken to one of the Council members. I am convinced that cancelling the annual meeting, even if an "out" could be negotiated with Westin, would have devastating consequences. As someone who has worked as hard as any to create and establish NAISA, I do not want to see it bankrupted and disappear, especially in its infancy.
“EXPLORING THE RED ATLANTIC”
The Institute of Native American Studies (“INAS”) at the University of Georgia (“UGA”) invites submissions of paper proposals for the conference “Exploring the Red Atlantic” to be held at the University of Georgia November 12-13, 2010.
In a forthcoming article in American Indian Culture and Research Journal, Jace Weaver defines the Red Atlantic as the movement of western hemisphere indigenes and indigenous wealth, ideas, and technology around the Atlantic basin from 1000 C.E. to 1800. (read more)
Sorry for the late notice here, but probably most of you have received it through other means. I am attaching the CFP for a conference the Institute of Native American Studies at UGA is holding Feb. 19-20 here in Athens. The dealine is Dec. 1. Jace