Message from the Chair

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! AIS proudly acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the taraaxatom (Indigenous peoples) in this place. We are a program devoted to the study and engagement with American Indians and Indigenous peoples of California and beyond with a Major, Minor and MA program. As a land grant institution, we take seriously our mission to educate students and the public about the land, history, and on-going effects of colonization on tribal lands and in urban centers. AIS classes at UCLA are taught by distinguished faculty who collaborate with over 20 different communities and countless community organizations. Our goal in this interdisciplinary program is to give the students the skills they need to work with American Indian and Indigenous peoples, develop their own projects, and provide a broad view of American Indian and Indigenous issues. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors),’Ahiihirom (Elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Mishuana GoemanChair and Associate Professor


American Indian Studies Graduates – Call For Submissions

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