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.


Ayer 324


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


The Newberry is now accepting fellowship applications for the 2017-18 academic year!
The Newberry Library’s long-standing fellowship program provides outstanding scholars with the time, space, and community required to pursue innovative and ground-breaking scholarship. In addition to the Library’s collections, fellows are supported by a collegial interdisciplinary community of researchers, curators, and librarians. An array of scholarly and public programs also contributes to an engaging intellectual environment.

The following fellowships are intended to support graduate students and faculty members from NCAIS member institutions:

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Long-Term Faculty Fellowship, which offers four to six months of support for a scholar to work in residence at the Newberry on a project relating to American Indian Studies; Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Short-Term Faculty Fellowship, which supports one month in residence for work in the Newberry’s collections; Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Short-Term Graduate Student Fellowships, available to PhD candidates for travel-to-collections grants at the Newberry or other research venues. Fellowship recipients are expected to present their research at the consortium’s annual graduate student conference or at a Newberry-sponsored seminar in American Indian and Indigenous Studies.

To learn more about eligibility requirements, application guidelines, and additional fellowship opportunities at the Newberry, please visit our website. Questions should be addressed to research@newberry.org.

Long-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars for continuous residence at the Newberry for periods of 4 to 12 months; the stipend is $4,200 per month. Applicants must hold a PhD by the application deadline in order to be eligible. Long-Term Fellowships are intended to support individual scholarly research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the fellowship program. The deadline for long-term fellowships is November 15.

Short-Term Fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars, PhD candidates, and those who hold other terminal degrees. Short-Term Fellowships are generally awarded for 1 to 2 months; unless otherwise noted the stipend is $2,500 per month. These fellowships support individual scholarly research for those who have a specific need for the Newberry’s collection and are mainly restricted to individuals who live and work outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. The deadline for short-term opportunities is December 15.

D’Arcy McNickle Center

The Newberry Library


Call for Applications: Graduate Spring Method Workshop


The ‘Textual Continuum’ : Media and Method in Native Archives

 Led by

Prof. Margery Fee, University of British Columbia

Prof. Phillip H. Round, University of Iowa


The Newberry Library

Chicago, IL

March 10-12, 2016

**Application Deadline: February 8, 2016**

The binary between orality and literacy, used to mark Native American cultures as backwards and white settler culture as uniquely civilized, has been called the “Great Divide” and “a relic of academic colonialism.” “Media and Method in Native Studies” moves beyond the longstanding scholarly obsession with writing to examine how Native people used a variety of media to disseminate their perspectives. This workshop will draw on the Newberry Library’s unsurpassed collection of Native American materials to offer students hands-on implementation of the newest interpretive methodologies in Indigenous media studies. It will be led by Margery Fee, author of the recent book, Literary Land Claims: The “Indian Land Question” from Pontiac’s War to Attawapiskat (Wilfred Laurier UP, 2015), and Phillip Round, whose monograph, Removable Type: Histories of the Book in Indian Country (UNC Press, 2010) won the MLA’s James Russell Lowell Prize. Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to locating and analyzing Native communicative forms in a variety of media, including courtroom and commission testimony, newspaper and periodical articles, speeches, art, and literature.

As a member of the Newberry Consortium in American Indian
Studies, UNM is entitled to send one graduate student to a
three-day workshop at the prestigious Newberry Library in Chicago. The successful applicant will be reimbursed up to $600 for travel and housing. A committee of UNM faculty members will choose our graduate representative from among the applicants. The participating UNM departments and schools include Native American Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, English, College of Fine Arts, History, Linguistics, the Law School, and University Libraries.

To apply please send a letter of application stating why
you hope to attend and how this workshop will help further
your research interests and graduate program, a short 2 page c.v.,
and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member
familiar with your work to our NCAIS faculty liaison, Dr.
Jennifer Denetdale (jdenet@unm.edu).

If you have questions about your application, you can email Dr. Denetdale or Dr. Cahill cdcahill@unm.edu. Applications are due on Feb. 8, 2016

2016 Indigenous Book & Author Festival

Coming in March:  4th Annual Indigenous Book and Author Festival.

Beyond Stereotype, Prejudice, & Racism. March 3 & 4, 2015

UNM Student Union Building, Albuquerque, NM