Previous publication prize winners


Best First Book

NOELANI ARISTA. The Kingdom and the Republic: Sovereign Hawai’i and the Early United States (University of Pennsylvania Press)


CHRISTOPHER J. PEXA. Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakhóta Oyáte. (University of Minnesota Press)

LEILANI SABZALIAN. Indigenous Children’s Survivance in Public Schools. (Taylor and Francis)

Best Subsequent Book

SHANNON SPEED. Incarcerated Stories: Indigenous Women Migrants and Violence in the Settler-Capitalist State (University of North Carolina Press)

JOHN BORROWS. Law’s Indigenous Ethics (University of Toronto Press)


DAVID BRUCE MACDONALD. The Sleeping Giant Awakens: Genocide, Indian Residential Schools, and the Challenge of Conciliation (University of Toronto Press)

LISA BLEE AND JEAN M. O’BRIEN. Monumental Mobility: The Memory Work of Massasoit(University of North Carolina Press)

Most Thought-Provoking Article

KRISTINA JACOBSEN AND SHIRLEY ANN BOWMAN. ” ‘Don’t Even Talk To Me If You’re Kinya’áanii’ [Towering House]: Adopted Clans, Kinship, and ‘Blood’ in Navajo Country” in Native American and Indigenous Studies 6, 1 (2019): 43-76.

HI’ILEI HOBART. “At Home on the Mountain: Ecological Violence and Fantasies of Terra Nullius on Maunakea’s Summit,” in Native American and Indigenous Studies 6, 2 (2019) 30-50.


Best First Book: THERESA MCARTHY. In Divided Unity: Haudenosaunee Reclamation at Grand River (University of Arizona Press)

Best Subsequent Book: DAVID CHANG. The World and All the Things Upon It: Native Hawaiian Geographies of Exploration (University of Minnesota Press)

Most Thought-Provoking Article: VICENTE DIAZ. “In the Wake of Mata ‘pang’s Canoe: The Cultural and Political Possibilities of Indigenous Discursive Flourish” in Critical Indigenous Studies: Engagements from First World Locations (University of Arizona Press, 2016)

Best Student Paper Presented at the 2017 NAISA Conference: KAHIKINA DE SILVA. “Loea Mele: A Brief Study of 20th Century Kanaka Maoli Discussions of Mele”


Best first book: SARAH DEER, The Beginning and End of Rape (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Best subsequent book: AILEEN MORETON ROBINSON, The White Possessive: Property, Power, and Indigenous Sovereignty (University of Minnesota Press, 2015)

Most thought-provoking article: DAVID CHANG, “’We Will Be Comparable to the Indian Peoples’: Recognizing Likeness between Native Hawaiians and American Indians, 1834–1923″ American Quarterly, Vol. 67, No. 3, (September 2015), pp. 859-886.

Best student papers presented at the 2015 meeting: DAVID UAHIKEA MAILE, “He Moena Pāwehe Makana: Weaving Anti-Capitalist Resistance into Kanaka Maoli Critiques of Settler Colonialism.”

WAASEYAA’SIN CHRISTINE SY, “Relationship with Land as Method and Theory in Indigenous Women’s Research”

MARY “TUTI” BAKER, “Cultivating Aloha ʻĀina: A Case Study in Indigenous/Anarchist Practice”


Best first book: AUDRA SIMPSON, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life Across The Borders Of Settler States (Duke University Press)

Best subsequent book: CHRIS ANDERSEN, Métis: Race, Recognition, and the Struggle for Indigenous Peoplehood (University of British Columbia Press)

Most thought provoking article: LEANNE BETASAMOSAKE SIMPSON, “Land as pedagogy: Nishnaabeg intelligence and rebellious transformation” (Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 2014).

Best student papers presented at the 2014 meeting:
JENNA HUNNEF, “A Doubtful Outlaw in the Old I.T.: The Indigenous Repoliticization of Ned Christie in Rober J. Conley’s Ned Chritie’s War.” AND JESSICA KOLOPENUK, “Becoming Native American: Facializing Indigeneity in Canada through Genetic Signification and Subjection”


Best First Book: KIM TALLBEAR, Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2013)

Best Subsequent Book: THOMAS KING, The Inconvenient Indian: A Curious Account of Native People in North America (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2013)

Most Thought Provoking Article: K. TSIANINA LOMAWAIMA, “The Mutuality of Citizenship and Soverenty: The Society of American Indians and the Battle to Inherent America,” published in a joint special issue of Studies in American Indian Literatures 25.2: 333-351 (Summer 2013)


Best First Book: ALICE TE PUNGA SOMERVILLE, Once Were Pacific: Maori Connections to Oceania (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Best Subsequent Book: CHADWICK ALLEN, Trans-Indigenous: Methodologies for Global Native Literary Studies (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012)

Most Thought Provoking Article: PATRICK WOLFE, “Against the Intentional Fallacy: Legocentrism and Continuity in the Rhetoric of Indian Dispossesion” published in American Indian Culture & Research Journal 36.1: 3-45 (2012)

Best student papers presented at the 2012 meeting:  ANDREW EPSTEIN, “Decolonizing the Empire State: The Everett Report & Haudenosaunee Sovereignty in Early 20th Century New York”


Best First Book: JODI BYRD, The Transit of Empire: Indigenous Critiques of Colonialism (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Best Subsequent Book: MARK RIFKIN, When Did Indians Become Straight? Kinship, the History of Sexuality, and Native Sovereignty (London: Oxford University Press, 2011)

Most Thought Provoking Article: LISA BROOKS, “The Constitution of the White Earth Nation: A New Innovation in a Longstanding Indigenous Literary Tradition” published in Studies in American Indian Literatures 23.4: 48-76 (Winter 2011)


Best First Book: MALINDA MAYNOR LOWERY, Lumbee Indians in the Jim Crow South: Race, Identity, and the Making of a Nation (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2010)

Best Subsequent Book: JEAN M. O’BRIEN, Firsting and Lasting: Writing Indians out of Existence in New England (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Most Thought Provoking Article: DANIKA MEDAK-SALTZMAN, “Transnational Indigenous Exchange: Rethinking Global Interactions of Indigenous Peoples at the 1904 St. Louis Exposition,” American Quarterly 62.3: 591-615 (2010)