The NAIS Journal


NAIS publishes the best interdisciplinary scholarship in international Native American and Indigenous Studies. The journal provides an intellectually rigorous and ethically engaged forum for smart, provocative, and exciting scholarship while drawing on the extraordinary professional expertise of our ever-expanding membership in a process of double-anonymous peer review. NAIS provides a forum to place different kinds of research, intellectual traditions, and knowledge practices in conversation.
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NAIS publishes:

  • Original scholarly manuscripts from all the areas encompassed within Indigenous Studies’ interdisciplinary range, including creative writing;
  • Notes from the Field;
  • Teaching Native American & Indigenous Studies;
  • Reviews
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The editors’ goal is to extend understandings across disciplinary and epistemological boundaries and learn more about the important work going on in scores of different fields and regions. Studies grounded in Indigenous research methodologies are especially encouraged. All empirical studies must document: (1) the use of accepted ethical protocols for research with human subjects; and (2) site-specific approvals when required, including research and/or institutional review board approvals required by Native nations, tribes, or bands.
Co-Editors (2019-2023): Kelly McDonough (White Earth Ojibwe/Irish descent), University of Texas at Austin, and K. Tsianina Lomawaima (Muskogee descent), Retired Independent Scholar
Editorial Managers: Jessica L. Sánchez Flores and Adam Martinez, University of Texas at Austin
Founding Co-Editors (2013-2019): Jean M. O’Brien (White Earth Ojibwe), University of Minnesota, and Robert Warrior (Osage), University of Kansas



The current issue of NAIS (Volume 9, Issue 2) contains four scholarly articles and 38 reviews

The NAIS Fall 2022 features cover art by Joy Lehuanani Enomoto, a Kanaka Maoli, Black, Caddo, Japanese, Punjabi, and Scottish artist, aloha ‘āina and scholar. The artwork, on the cover above, titled “Nuclear Hemorrhage: Enewetok Does Not Forget” is a watercolor and stitched painting reflecting on the Runit dome, the concrete-capped storage facility that stores the radioactive waste from the sixty-seven nuclear tests conducted in Enewetok atoll, in the Marshall Islands, by the U.S. military. For more about this artwork, see this issue of NAIS.

Scholarly articles include:



Abstract: Sovereign tribal nations frequently conduct business with public and private entities. These transactions include routine transfers of goods and services, as well as more creative extraction technologies that locate revenue streams within tribal communities in desperate need of economic resources. One form of creative extraction involves tribal patent shelters. With this unique and emerging business partnership, nontribal corporations compensate an American Indian tribal nation for temporarily sheltering intellectual property from federal review using their sovereign immunity. These shelters demonstrate how the opportunities and challenges of tribal economic development are shifting in the current era of accelerated financialization. Using a set of court and legislative documents involving a patent partnership between the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Allergan, a global pharmaceutical corporation, this article examines how the law has addressed these shifts and their expanding intersections between tribal sovereignty and commerce. Analyses show that the market value of sovereign immunity to protect the profits of intellectual property derives from a tribe’s sovereignty and, when mobilized in this way, this valuation threatens to contract tribal sovereignty while expanding opportunities to increase corporate capital. Attention to this subtle but striking form of predation is key to preserving the future of tribal sovereignty and reflecting on the appeal these transactions have for economically depressed communities considering similar financial arrangements.


Abstract: The Pacific history of the food product SPAM is driven by what CHamoru poet Craig Santos Perez characterizes as its invasive and imperial entanglements, which facilitate U.S. territoriality. A literary analysis shows how Perez uses the politics of foodways in his ongoing from unincorporated territory series (2008–2017) to make visible the United States’ vast Pacific military reach and its impact on Indigenous peoples across Oceania, especially those from Guåhan (Guam). Perez maps out the ecologies of SPAM and other processed meats—ecologies characterized by occupation, erasure, and a monopoly within foodways for Indigenous peoples—showing how those meats distort, obliterate, and exploit the norms of consumption in the same ways that militarization and capitalism exploit environmental norms. Perez also portrays transoceanic ecologies and foodways that call for and enact Indigenous kinships, materialized through the ways that seeds spread and grow. Perez highlights daily acts of living and consumption through his poetics, demonstrating how U.S. territoriality limits opportunities for flourishing Indigenous lives. Simultaneously, his poetics foreground possibilities for Indigenous transoceanic abundance that offer resurgent frameworks for resisting U.S. empire and its capitalist logics.


“Ka Pae Hawaii: Charting Indigenous Community in a Multicentered World”

Abstract: Approximately half of Kanaka (Hawaiians) live beyond the islands of Hawaiʻi but these off-island Kanaka are not always recognized as a significant part of the Lāhui (Hawaiian community), where discourses of identity often privilege “rootedness” to the islands over the “routedness” of Kanaka living abroad. Articulating a culture of mobility in Kanaka terminology shows how Kanaka around the world count within the Lāhui. This article contrasts two narratives within the Lāhui—the kamaʻāina (child of the land) narrative and the Hawaiʻinuiākea (broad expansive Hawaiʻi) narrative. An analysis of the latter narrative shows that our kūpuna (ancestors) traveled across their known world establishing multiple “Hawaiʻis” and that they sought knowledge from beyond the islands of Hawaiʻi to enrich the Lāhui—embodying the value of Hawaiʻi ʻima loa (the Hawaiʻi who searches far and wide). Kanaka living beyond the islands of Hawaiʻi are continuing the work of our kūpuna. Ka Pae Hawaii is a call to think pluralistically; reworking the well-known phrase “ka pae ʻāina o Hawaiʻi,” literally “the cluster of islands, Hawaiʻi,” into “ka pae Hawaiʻi,” “the cluster of Hawaiʻis.” Our kūpuna conceptualized the world as a place of possibility, a place of association, and a place of self-discovery; as a place where we find ka pae Hawaiʻi.


“‘All He Had Told Them . . . Was True’: Native American History and the Witnessing of Abuse in the Archive”

Abstract: We have constructed a short piece of fiction to begin this essay in the voice of Hezekiah Calvin, a Delaware boy who was destroyed by the experience in the 1760s of attending Eleazar Wheelock’s Indian Charity School, a boarding school in Lebanon, Connecticut, intended to train Indigenous Christian missionaries. A theoretical framework underscores the need for our approach, given the limitations of the archive, and prompts suggested methods and guidelines. A historical study of the Delaware students at the school focuses on Hezekiah Calvin and includes other students to establish recognizable patterns within their experiences. The evidence is then read in the context of literature on sexual abuse. We conclude that the male students were very likely abused in their time at the school and discuss how scholars may make productive rather than hurtful use of this insight. We propose that fiction is an appropriate and useful method to acknowledge the pain that students endured and its long-term effects.

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