The Indian Card: The Ongoing Struggle to Determine Who is Native "Enough"

Join Carrie Schuettpelz as she discusses her new book project on November 16, 2021 - 12:00pm CST. The presentation is part of a larger series hosted by the Public Policy Center.
Native American Heritage Month

Native American Heritage Month

The Latino Native American Cultural Center is excited to be sharing the calendar of events for this year's Native American Heritage Month (NAHM). These programs are coming from various groups including: The Native American Student Association, The Native American Council, and so many more.

Indigenous futurism with artist Santiago X

The Department of Anthropology, along with the School of Art & Art History and Native American & Indigenous Studies Program, are pleased to announce that as part of Native American Heritage Month, we are hosting a webinar presentation by Chicago-based Indigenous futurist, artist and architect Santiago X on Tuesday, November 2 at 6:30 PM.
Laura Graham

Ethnographic insights on Indigenous Media: A’uwẽ (Xavante) Examples

Laura Graham (anthropology) will present an overview of her decades-long collaboration with Indigenous media among Lowland South American Native Peoples, focusing on work among A’uwẽ (Xavante) of central Brazil. A’uwẽ media is situated within the context of national representational projects and understood to be part of Indigenous efforts to achieve what Graham calls “representational sovereignty.” The talk highlights the impact of media work on the lives and subjectivities of specific individuals, not all of whom are A’uwẽ, and illustrates the importance of ethnographic approaches to media and media texts.

Acknowledgement of Land and Sovereignty

As an academic institution, it is our responsibility to acknowledge the sovereignty and the traditional territories of these tribal nations, the treaties that were used to remove these tribal nations, and the histories of dispossession that have allowed for the growth of this institution since 1847. Consistent with the University's commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, understanding the historical and current experiences of Native peoples will help inform the work we do; collectively as a university to engage in building relationships through academic scholarship, collaborative partnerships, community service, enrollment and retention efforts acknowledging our past, our present and future Native Nations.

Prof. Rand hired as University of Illinois inaugural Associate Vice chancellor for Native Affairs

The University of Illinois announced that it has hired Dr. Jacki Thompson Rand as the inaugural Associate Vice Chancellor for Native Affairs and Senior Adviser to the Chancellor on Native Affairs Issues. Dr. Rand is an historian and member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, with decades of experience in academia and at the Smithsonian Institute.
photo of Michelene Pesantubbee

NAIS mourns the loss of Michelene Pesantubbee

The students, staff, and faculty of NAIS were saddened to learn of the passing of our dear friend, Dr. Michelene Pesantubbee, Associate Professor Emerita in the Department of Religious Studies. Dr. Pesantubbee coordinated NAIS for several years and taught numerous courses in Native religions, environmentalism, and social justice. We extend our heartfelt condolences to her friends, family and community in Iowa City and Muskogee, Oklahoma. Dr. Pesantubbee’s full obituary may be found here:
2021 Iowa Lakeside Lab Archaeological Field School Announcement

Registration open for 2021 Iowa Lakeside Lab Archaeological Field School

John Doershuk, State Archaeologist and Office of the State Archeologist Director, will lead the four-week course. Participants will be introduced to the essential methods of field archaeology including artifact identification, site mapping, excavation techniques, artifact processing, and beginning analytical methods. The field school will include lectures on Iowa archaeology and the culture history sequence of western Iowa as well as day trips to the Sanford Museum in Cherokee, Iowa and the Dixon Oneota site, and possibly the Blood Run National Historic Landmark, Jeffers Petroglyphs, and Pipestone National Monument.
Native American beadwork

Jacki Rand and Phillip Round receive Humanities Without Walls grant

Professors Rand and Round will serve as collaborators on a three-year project that will bring together interdisciplinary teams of junior and senior scholars from multiple institutions. The project will include a graduate student lab practicum, and culminate with a symposium and edited collections to share research findings with undergraduates and the general public.
Two people examining Native American culture

Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Internship

The Native American Scholars Initiative (NASI) Undergraduate Summer Internship provides an opportunity for talented undergraduates to conduct research, explore career opportunities in archives and special collections, and learn about advanced training in Native American and Indigenous Studies and related fields. This eight-week paid internship program at the American Philosophical Society Library in Philadelphia prepares students for graduate school or a career in education or libraries through mentoring, networking, and hands-on research experience.