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UPDATED: Following up on the Tucson meeting

[UPDATE: The plenary session announced here is now scheduled for Thursday, May 20 after the opening at 8 PM and is open to the public. The schedule may change depending on availability of speakers, etc. The poetry reading that was to have taken place then, also open to the public, is now scheduled for Friday evening, May 21]

Sent to NAISA members by email May 6, 2010

Dear NAISA members,

Not attending

A week ago yesterday, I posted a comment stating that I felt NAISA should honor the boycott. Though it has only been 8 days, it feels like far more time has passed.

NAISA's Council and Host Committee met one reasoned and heartfelt appeal after another with little change in plans.

Restaurants to go to near the Westin

aloha kakou,
Prof. Patrisia Gonzales provided this beginning of a list of good, noncorporate restaurants that we can patronize while at NAISA. Would other knowledgeable people please add to this list?

For those who can't stay at the Westin, we are looking into alternative lodging and will post something soon.

Renewal in Solidarity

Greetings, I woke up this morning to learn about all the activity against SB 1070. I'm so heartened by the protest march in Phoenix yesterday, Flagstaff's and Tucson's votes to challenge the new immigration law, and the strong words of Simon Ortiz, Jace Weaver, Andy Smith, Liz Archuleta,Klee Benally, among others. I have lived in the Southwest my whole life and am no stranger to racism, hatred, and discrimination.

Withdrawing Participation

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.


NAISA members and all,

I am not participating in NAISA 2010 this year being held in Tucson, Arizona.

Arizona here we come! (from Aileen Moreton-Robinson)

I whole-heartedly endorse the Council's decision. As scholars we have made choices about where we wish to be located in terms of our politics and bringing about institutional change, that is we have decided to work for change within our respective institutions so i say let us situate ourselves within the belly of the beast to make our protest. Arizona here we come!

Letter to Governor Jan Brewer on HB 2281

The NAISA Council met several hours ago and asked me to write on behalf of the council to Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona regarding HB 2281, the anti-ethnic studies bill which is on her desk. I sent the attached letter earlier this evening.

Robert Warrior
2009-10 NAISA President

Logistical support for economic boycott

I'd like to express my support for the calls to redirect the conference and participate in the economic boycott. I've already paid for my airline ticket but am considering moving from the conference hotel to the Indigenous-owned Desert Diamond Casino Hotel, as I know some others are doing. What I am wondering is if the NAISA organizers could help organize transportation between the Desert Diamond and the conference site, whether through a scheduled bus or just a place on the website to locate others who are willing to car pool, share rooms at the new site, etc.

Indigenous Leadership in times of Crisis

Indigenous Leadership in a Time of Crisis – by Patrisia Gonzales
Greetings to my colleagues at NAISA. I write as someone whose families for centuries crossed back and forth what we know today as the U.S.-Mexico border – Kickapoo, Comanche, Nahua and the unknown tribes of my relatives who were in Texas before it was a state or a country. My grandmother, who was Kickapoo and Macehual or Mexican Indian, was detained in Mexico when her fathered died. Though she birthed 10 children in the U.S. and was a Native woman, she was prevented from returning for six months because she couldn’t prove she had been born or where, because she had no birth certificate. This was during the deportations that occurred in the 1950s. I am one of the original members of the Indigenous Alliance without Borders, based in Tucson, which is comprised of members whose tribal lands are divided by this border. We meet regularly to strategize about the rights of mobility of Indigenous peoples. We grapple with the thousands of peoples who have died crossing the border, with elders who are mistreated, with Indigenous peoples who need translation in courts because they primarily speak a language other than Spanish.

2014 Annual Meeting, Austin, Texas

The Registration site is Live!
View/download the Preliminary Program, Register, pay for an Exhibit Booth or an advertisement in the Program, link to the hotel reservations webpage, find information on dormitory housing, and see contact information for all aspects of the annual meeting.

ABSTRACTS Email notifications of the status of submitted abstracts were sent Jan. 11-12. For information on the the review process and acceptance rates, click on 2014 Annual Meeting on the left side of this page. If you have questions about your abstract status, please email to naisa.program.2104@gmail.com.

NAIS Journal

Native American and Indigenous Studies, the official journal of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, invites submissions of original manuscripts for publication in its inaugural volume. NAIS is a peer-reviewed journal published by the University of Minnesota Press.

Click on Journal under Primary Links for more information. Email submissions to co-editors Jean O’Brien (Ojibwe) and Robert Warrior (Osage) at journal@naisa.org.

Re Job Postings

We are experiencing technical difficulties with the "Post a Job" function. If you are a member, please send your announcement to klomawai@asu.edu and I will post it. Apologies for the inconvenience. NAISA does not currently have an option for non-members to post jobs.