Zonnie M. Gorman Awarded the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Workshop





Zonnie M. Gorman Awarded the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Graduate Workshop

Zonnie M. Gorman, a History Ph.D. student at UNM, will participate in the “Archives by Way of Museums: Material Culture and the Writing of Indigenous History” workshop at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., March 8-10. The workshop is directed by Professor Brenda Child from the University of Minnesota. For more than six years, UNM has been a member of the Newberry Consortium of American Indian Studies (NCAIS), which is a program housed in the D’Arcy McNickle Center at the Newberry Library in Chicago, Illinois. UNM’s membership in the consortium offers UNM faculty and graduate students opportunities to participate in American Indian Studies seminars, conferences, and summer institutes hosted at the Newberry Library. UNM faculty and students also have access to the Newberry archives, which houses one of the largest collections of manuscripts, books, and maps in American Indian Studies. UNM faculty, including Dr. Jennifer Denetdale, Dr. David Correia, Dr. Cathleen Cahill, and Dr. Kathleen Washburn, have led the NCAIS workshops and summer institutes.

Zonnie Gorman is recognized for her work on the Navajo Code Talkers of World War II, the topic of her M.A. thesis.  She has served as a consultant to numerous documentaries, museum exhibitions, and magazine and book authors. She has appeared in and served as consultant to a number of documentaries, including the History Channel documentary, Navajo Code Talkers and the PBS documentary, True Whispers. She is a past board member for the Navajo Studies Conference and belongs to several academic organizations including the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA) and the Organization for American Historians (OAH).  More information can be found at www.zonniegorman.com.

Apply for the 2017 NCAIS Summer Institute – The State of/and/against Native Nations: US Law and Native America



The State of/and/against Native Nations: US Law and Native America

NCAIS Summer Institute, 2017

The Newberry Library, Chicago, Illinois

Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale

Associate Professor of American Studies

University of New Mexico

Dr. Justin Richland

Associate Professor of Anthropology

University of Chicago

Research Professor, American Bar Foundation


This NCAIS institute will examine foundational doctrines of law that have informed the history and contemporary shape of the government-to-government relations between Native Nations and the United States. Drawing upon case studies, primary documents, and contemporary Indigenous Studies, we consider how laws and policies of both the United States and different tribal nations inform modern Native nation-building and the ways in which Native leaders have addressed the challenges that face their respective peoples, including questions of belonging related to citizenship and blood quantum; family, marriage, and sexuality; Western notions of property and land use; Indigenous forms of governance and justice and impositions of Western democratic principles, among other issues and questions. Our inquiry will also include an exploration of UNDRIP as a document to advance Indigenous nations and peoples’ efforts to reclaim their sovereignty and self-determination based upon principles grounded in their own cultural commitments, legal traditions, and ethics.

The Newberry Library’s holdings of manuscript collections and books will be especially relevant to the theme of this proposed NCAIS institute and we plan to have students inspect primary documents and books such as those from the Edward Ayer Collection, the Dorothy R. Parker D’arcy McNickle Research papers, 1863-1980, which include references to Indian Commission Dillon Myer (responsible for Indian termination in the 1950s) and the Crownpoint development project, 1951-1958; several publications of Alice Fletcher (involved in the Dawes Commission), including her book, Hunting Customs of the Omaha. Personal Studies of Indian Life (1895); and the book, In the Circuit Court of the U.S., District of South Dakota, Jane E. Waldron vs. the United States of America, Black Tomahawk, and Ira A. Hatch as Indian agent at the Cheyenne River Indian Agency, defendant (1904).



As a member of NCAIS, UNM is entitled to send one graduate student to the four-week summer institute at the prestigious Newberry Library. The successful UNM applicant will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel, will have housing provided for free at the Canterbury Court Apartments, and receive a $600 stipend.  A UNM faculty committee will review applications and choose our graduate representative.

To Apply: Please send the following items to our faculty liaison, Dr. Jennifer Denetdale at jdenet@unm.edu as attachments by May 15th, 2017:

  • letter of application stating why you hope to attend and how this institute will help further your research interests and program;
  • a short 2 page c.v.;
  • and a letter of recommendation from a faculty members who are familiar with your work to our NCAIS Faculty Liaison by May 15th, 2017 by 5pm

Congratulations, Dr. Llyod Lee, Presidential Teaching Fellow

Via UNM Native American Studies: Congratulations to Professor Lloyd Lee for being selected Presidential Teaching Fellow! Dr. Lee was nominated for this award before undergoing a very rigorous process through the Center for Teaching and Learning. This included submitting letters of recommendations from students and colleagues as well as a review of teaching evaluations. The Director stated that there were a record number of nominations! Thank you LLL for all you do for Native American Studies!



IFAIR Open House Tuesday, April 25 from 2-4pm


IFAIR Open House Tuesday 4/25 from 2-4pm in the Willard Room, Zimmerman Library

Learn more about the Institute for American Indian Research and share how your programs and courses incorporate and support Native American/Indigenous Studies. I hope this will be the beginning of an conversation for how we all support NAS/Indigenous Studies at UNM across departments and programs.

Dr. Denetdale to the Newberry for Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexualities Symposium


Indigeneity, Gender, and Sexualities:

A Scholarly Symposium

This program at the Newberry Library, Chicago, highlights indigenous concepts of identity and sexuality that surpass standard contemporary gender binaries. American Indian and other indigenous communities have historically celebrated multiple gender identifications, including two-spirit peoples, as well as the unique roles that women and men contribute to warrior societies, political leadership, and home life.

The symposium will feature preeminent Diné/Navajo historian Dr. Jennifer Nez Denetdale, as well as other scholars and local community members, who will explore artistic expressions of this powerful, unique indigenous history.



NCAIS Grad. Workshop in Research Methods – due Feb 13

Indigenous Languages and Literatures in the Colonial Archive
Graduate Workshop in Research Methods
Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS)
Amherst College, Amherst, MA
March 9-11, 2017

Presented by
Prof. Jenny L. Davis, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Prof. Birgit Brander Rasmussen, SUNY- Binghamton University
Mike Kelly, Head, Archives & Special Collections, Amherst College

This workshop will explore indigenous language and literacy resources in the collections of Amherst College. Traditionally the purview of historians, archives are now drawing researchers from a range of disciplines including literary scholars, linguists, art historians, along with tribal communities searching for language records as part of revitalization programs. Histories and archives have often served settler colonialism and participated in the erasure of Native voices, literacies, and anti-colonial resistance. How can scholars resist, rather than reproduce, the coloniality of such sites and practices? Can the archives be decolonized and if so, how?

Assistant professor of Anthropology and director of the Native American and Indigenous Language Lab at UIUC Jenny L. Davis will lead discussions about Native American language recovery and revitalization while Birgit Brander Rasmussen, author of the prize-winning study Queequeg’s Coffin: Indigenous Literacies and Early American Literature (Duke UP, 2012), will guide explorations of indigenous literacy practices. Mike Kelly (Head of Archives & Special Collections) will show highlights from the Kim-Wait/Eisenberg Native American Literature Collection including extremely rare publications by Samson Occom, William Apess, Gertrude Bonnin, Joy Harjo, Gerald Vizenor, and others. He will be joined by Kiara Vigil, Assistant professor of American Studies, and author of Indigenous Intellectuals: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and the American Imagination, 1880–1930. Given the archival complicity with settler colonialism’s erasure of Native peoples, languages, literacies, and knowledges, what kind of recovery is possible? If materials are scattered in ways that are difficult to trace using standard search engines, how may scholars and community members recover fragments that current cataloguing practices render invisible?
The workshop includes lodging and flight reimbursement up to $600.00 for the successful applicant.

UNM graduate students are eligible to apply.

To apply, send a letter of interest, a two-page c.v. and a letter of recommendation from a professor or advisor who knows your work to: Dr. Jennifer Denetdale at jdenet@unm.edu. Deadline to apply: Monday, Feb. 13th, 2017, 5:00 PM. If you have any questions, please send to jdenet@unm.edu.


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18th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference, Feb. 2-3 at UNM

Join us for the 18th Annual American Indian Studies Association Conference, which will take place at the UNM Student Union Building on Feb. 2 & 3, 2017.

For the program, click this link:
2017 AISA Conference Agenda (c)

No registration fee for undergraduate students, $50 for graduate students, & $150 for everyone else. The registration fee includes:

• All research conference events
• The following meals: Thursday Feb. 2—Continental Breakfast/Friday Feb. 3—Continental Breakfast, Lunch, & Closing reception
• Conference materials
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact Christian White, the graduate assistant for the Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR) at caw2157@unm.edu.

For registration, click here:


Presentation on Carlisle Indian School’s Digital Resource Center

Come hear about the Carlisle Indian School’s Digital Resource Center
Oct. 12, 2016
12-1 p.m.
Zimmerman Library B30
Dr. Jacqueline Fear- Segal (University of East Anglia) and Dr. Susan Rose (Dickinson College).
Come join us as we navigate Indigenous histories, memories, & reclamations from the Carlisle Indian Industrial School through the digital resource center. http://carlisleindian.dickinson.edu

Newberry Library Receives Indigenous Archives Award

Congratulations to the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies!

October 2016

This month, the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies will receive the 2016 International “Guardians of Culture and Lifeways” Archives Institutional Excellence Award from the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums (ATALM). In honoring the center with this award, ATALM recognizes the center’s mission to expand, deepen, and enrich our understanding of American Indian history. For 45 years, the McNickle Center has fulfilled its mission by connecting scholars and public audiences with the Newberry’s unparalleled collections related to Indigenous peoples of North and South America.

“Receiving this award from ATALM is a great honor and comes at an auspicious moment for the McNickle Center, as we celebrate our 45th anniversary,” said McNickle Center Director Patricia Marroquin Norby (Purépecha/Nde). “I am thrilled to accept this award on behalf of the center and to continue its legacy of helping students, teachers, and scholars work with American Indian archives and historical materials from Indigenous perspectives and ways of knowing”

Walter Echo-Hawk, Board Chair for ATALM and founder of the Native American Rights Fund, will present the award to Marroquin Norby on October 11 during an ATALM conference in Phoenix.

According to the ATALM Awards Committee, “We selected the center because of its significant contributions to preserving and advancing Native culture for 45 years and to recognize Marroquin Norby’s work with the center and celebrate her leadership.”

The McNickle Center provides annual scholarly and public programming; archival workshops and research institutes; funding for residential fellowships; a writing workshop and seminar series; and the “D’Arcy McNickle Distinguished Lecture Series,” which honors the pathbreaking work of contemporary Indigenous scholars, activists, and artists who engage with American Indian and Indigenous histories, cultures, and experiences through writing, art, performance, film, and music.

The center draws on the Newberry’s Edward E. Ayer Collection, one of the strongest collections of materials relating to American Indians in the world. The collection includes over 130,000 volumes, 1 million manuscript pages, 2,000 maps, 500 atlases, 11,000 photographs, and 3,500 drawings and paintings. The center is also home to the Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies, whose 22 member institutions send students to the Newberry every year for onsite archival and academic training.

Since 1971, the McNickle Center has provided a meeting ground where scholars and the public can discuss, celebrate, and contribute to American Indian history and culture. In addition to fostering new research, the center facilitates conversations about how to maintain the American Indian and Indigenous archives that support scholarly work. Critical to these conversations are a range of considerations, including repatriation, preservation, documentary heritage, and material accessibility to Indigenous communities.



2016 UNM Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Rearticulations of Native Savagery:

Standing Rock and the Resurgence of Indigenous Activism An Indigenous Peoples Day celebration

Hosted by the Institute for American Indian Research (IFAIR)
October 11, 2016 | Zimmerman Library’s Willard Room | 9:30 AM – 12 NOON

9:30-10:30 AM Featured Talk
“Victory is Possible: Indian Refusals and The Politics of Extraction”
Melanie Yazzie (Diné), Ph.D. (UC Riverside, UCLA Post-doc Fellow)

10:45 AM -12:00 Noon Panel
Norman Brown (Diné), on American Indian Movement and Clemency for Leonard Peltier

Lazarus Nance Letcher (Black, Queer & Trans), on Intersections of Indigenous Activism & Black Lives Matter—a Black Queer Reading

Jennifer Marley (San Ildefonso), on the Persistence of Settler Colonialism as the Santa Fe Fiesta and Indigenous Refusal

Moderator: David Uahikeaikalei‘ohu Maile (Kanaka Maoli), American Studies

The refusal of the Standing Rock Sioux to allow the Dakota Access Pipeline to cross their homelands has led to a gathering of Indigenous nations and peoples not seen for at least a
century. At the University of New Mexico, we celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day by reflecting upon the history of Indigenous activisms and stand in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux. Indigenous Day events address the following questions:
(1) How can we imagine justice for Indigenous peoples and their nations?

(2) What does justice for Indigenous peoples look like?

(3) How have earlier struggles for Indigenous liberation
shaped present-day struggles against settler violence and its links to capitalism and neoliberalism?

(4) What are the possibilities for solidarity with other organizations and groups, like Black Lives Matter, who also seek justice and liberation?

After the panel, everyone is invited to a potluck lunch hosted by the Department of Native American Studies Department, Mesa Vista Hall 3080!

This event is co-sponsored by: UNM Indigenous Nations Library Program, Native American Studies, and KIVA Club

See Flyer Here: 9-29-2016