NCAIS Graduate Workshop in Research Methods “Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the Archives” March 19th – 21st 2014

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Workshop in Research Methods “Betting on Indian Country: Indian Gaming in the Archives” March 19th – 21st 2014 / University of Nevada, Las Vegas

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 program, a short 2 page c.v., and two letters of recommendation from faculty members who are familiar with your work to our NCAIS faculty liaison, Dr. Erin Debenport. Her email address is and her mailing address is Department of Anthropology MSC01-1040, Anthropology 1 University of New Mexico Albuquerque, NM 87131

This research workshop will examine Indian gaming in the context of gambling’s deep and global history. The workshop will be hosted by the University of Nevada at Las Vegas’ Special Collections and the Center of Gaming Research. UNLV’s Gaming Archives feature the Taxe Collection (more than 700 fictional and non-fictional records pertaining to gaming that date to the 19th century), trade publications and manuscript collections pertaining to casinos and resorts throughout the world (such as Mandalay Bay and the Sands). Readings and discussion will consider issues relating to the history, culture and politics of Indian gaming. Research in the archives will then enable students to place Indian gaming in comparative and global contexts. Students may pursue topics related to law and policy; the development of the service economy; comparative histories of gaming (e.g., Las Vegas, riverboats, and Atlantic City); gaming and literature; casino resort development; and tourism. led by William Bauer, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas Erin Debenport, PhD, University of New Mexico Each NCAIS institution is entitled to one slot in the three-day workshop. Students may participate in the workshop as part of an introduction to critical methodologies in American Indian Studies. Students should apply directly to their NCAIS Faculty Liaison by February 3, 2014. Housing will be provided and participants will be reimbursed up to $500 for travel.

For more information, including a preliminary book list see:

Lecture by Mishuana Goeman (Re)mapping Our Nations: Gendered Geographies and Native Narrative Markings.

In this lecture, Dr. Goeman addresses concepts of spatial justice by asking the question, whose land is it that is deemed public by interests that have always been about the privatization of land and bodies? Goeman argues that we might (re)map the social, historical, political, and economical in these moments to include a critique of colonialism and imperialism. The geographic language employed in our work toward spatial justice has potential potency of unpacking neo-liberal accumulations of private wealth, but recognition of colonial restructuring of land and bodies must be recognized in this process.

This event is sponsored by the American Studies Dept., Feminist Research Institute (FRI), Institute for Native American Research (IFAIR), the English Dept., and Women Studies.

Location Information:
Main Campus – Student Union Building 60

Contact Information:
Name: Michael Trujillo
Phone: 505 688 5737

Call for Applications Long and Short Term Fellowships 2014-15

Newberry Library Fellowships in the Humanities, 2014-15

The application deadline for Newberry Library Long-Term Fellowships is quickly approaching! Additionally, we offer Short-Term Fellowship opportunities for smaller-scale research projects. Please read on for more information.

The Newberry’s fellowships support humanities research in residence at the Newberry. If you study the humanities, we have something for you. Our collection is wide-ranging, rich, and sometimes eccentric. We offer a lively interdisciplinary community of researchers; individual consultations on your research with staff curators, librarians, and scholars; and an array of scholarly and public programs. All applicants are strongly encouraged to examine the Newberry’s online catalog before applying.


These fellowships support research and writing by post-doctoral scholars. The purpose is to support fellows as they develop or complete larger-scale studies which draw on our collections, and also to nourish intellectual exchange among fellows and the Library community. Fellowship terms range from four to twelve months with stipends of up to $50,400.

Deadline: December 1, 2013


PhD candidates and post-doctoral scholars are eligible for short-term fellowships. The purpose is to help researchers gain access to specific materials at the Newberry that are not readily available to them elsewhere. Short-term fellowships are usually awarded for a period of one month. Most are restricted to scholars who live and work outside the Chicago area. Most stipends are $2,500 per month.

We also invite short-term fellowship applications from teams of two or three scholars to collaborate intensively on a single, substantive project. Each scholar on a team-fellowship is awarded a full stipend.

Deadline: January 15, 2014

More information is available on our website:

Welcome New Assistant Director of the McNickle Center

The Newberry Library’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies is very happy to announce that Dr. Patricia Marroquin Norby will become the Assistant Director of the McNickle Center, starting on October 14th.  Dr. Norby holds a PhD in American Studies, with an emphasis on American Indians and Visual Culture. She earned her doctorate this past May from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities.  Dr. Norby has participated in various NCAIS programs and is deeply committed to encouraging the use of our collections.  Patricia is of Chicana/ Nde/ Purépecha heritage but grew up in the greater Chicago region.  Before coming to the Newberry Dr. Norby taught as an assistant professor of American Studies at UW-Eau Claire.  She is currently co-editing, with June Scudeler, a special issue of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal, published by UCLA. We feel fortunate to have Dr. Norby joining us.

Newberry Library Long Term Fellowships

The Newberry Library begins to accept applications for long-term fellowships on September 1, 2013. Applications must be received electronically by December 1, 2013, 11:59 pm C.S.T. (unless otherwise noted). This includes the applicant’s own materials and all letters of reference.

Long-term fellowships are available to postdoctoral scholars who want to be in residence at the Newberry for periods of four to twelve months. Applicants for postdoctoral awards must hold a PhD at the time of application (unless otherwise noted). These grants support individual research and promote serious intellectual exchange through active participation in the Newberry’s scholarly activities, including a biweekly fellows’ seminar. The stipends for these fellowships are $4,200 per month; awardees must indicate in their applications how many months they intend to be in residence at the Newberry. Applicants may combine these fellowship awards with sabbatical or other stipendiary support. Scholars may apply for any of the long-term fellowships using the same application. Each fellowship has specific eligibility requirements. Preference is given to applicants who have not held major fellowships for three years preceding the proposed period of residency. Please read the individual descriptions carefully to determine eligibility.

There is a specific NCAIS fellowship, but UNM members would be eligible for several of the other fellowships as well. See

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies Faculty Fellowship

This fellowship is designed for faculty members at institutions participating in the consortium. Preference is given to scholars at an early career stage. Applicants must request at least four and no more than six months of support.

NCAIS Graduate Student Workshop in Research Methods

This spring workshop run by faculty members from a consortium member institution highlights research methodology. In the past, they have included such topics as Museums as Archives and Oral Tradition and History. The workshop is held in early spring, so look for the call for applications in the late fall. You will apply directly to your UNM faculty liaison.

Newberry Library Short Term Fellowships

The Newberry Library begins to accept applications for short-term fellowships on September 1, 2013. Applications must be received electronically by January 15, 2014, 11:59 pm C.S.T. This includes the applicant’s own materials and all letters of reference. See

Among the fellowships, these may be of especial interest to the UNM-NCAIS members:

Newberry Consortium in American Indian Studies (NCAIS) Graduate Student Fellowships

This fellowship supports PhD candidates at institutions participating in the consortium. 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. The fellowships offer support for one to two months of dissertation research and carry stipends of $2,500 per month. Awards may be used to fund research at the Newberry, or at other libraries, archives, and in the field.

Frances C. Allen Fellowship

This fellowship is for women of American Indian heritage. While candidates for this award may be working in any graduate or pre-professional field, the particular goal of the Allen Fellowship is to encourage American Indian women in their studies of any field related to the Newberry’s collection. Allen fellows are expected to spend a significant part of their tenure in residence at the Newberry’s D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies. The tenure of the fellowship is from one month to one year; the standard award is $2,000 per month; supplemental funding may also be available on a case by case basis. Please note: applicants for the Allen Fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the Information webform. See

Susan Kelly Power and Helen Hornbeck Tanner Fellowship

This fellowship for PhD candidates and postdoctoral scholars of American Indian heritage supports one or two months of residential research in any field in the humanities using the Newberry collection. Applicants for this fellowship need not be from outside the Chicago area. Please note: applicants for this fellowship must fill out a supplementary form in addition to the Information webform.

ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships

Newberry Library — ACLS/Frederick Burkhardt Residential Fellowships for Recently Tenured Scholars Due Date: September 26, 2013, 9 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Application deadline: September 26, 2013, 9 pm Eastern Standard Time. The American Council of Learned Societies offers fellowships supporting advanced scholarly work in the humanities at one of its participating national residential research centers, which includes the Newberry. Stipend is $75,000 for one academic year (nine months). Applicants must apply directly to the American Council of Learned Societies.

Apply for 2014 Summer Institute

Faculty Members you are encouraged to apply to teach the 2014 Summer Institute: Call for proposals for the 2014 NCAIS Summer Institute. Please email your proposals to Dr. Scott Stevens at by Friday, 30 August 2013.

The institute brings together an instructor (or instructors) from the consortium faculty and one graduate student from each member institution to the Newberry for an intensive four-week institute focused on interdisciplinary themes central to American Indian Studies. Summer institutes usually cover a topic central to American Indian Studies and with appeal across disciplines. The selection process of each member institution’s participant is according to the individual program needs and existing protocols of the member institution. Please see past summer institutes at <>. Generally they will take place from early/mid July to early August.

Kathleen Washburn Recieves Long-Term Faculty Fellowship

Dr. Kathleen Washburn (English) will be in Chicago at the Newberry this year as the recipient of the Long-Term Faculty (NCAIS) Fellowship. She will be working on her project, “We Moderns, Native American Literary Crossings, 1890-1935.” It addresses the proliferation of Native writing during a period of radical change to illustrate how new forms of print culture in English are vital to imagining modern indigenous subjects and community.

NCAIS Annual Graduate Student Conference

The NCAIS annual Graduate Student Conference took place this year on July 19th-20th in Chicago. UNM was well represented by Dr. Erin Debenport, professor of anthropology,  and W. Oliver Baker, a graduate student in the English Department. Both Dr. Debenport and Oliver are at the Newberry participating in the NCAIS summer institute, “Competing Narratives: Native American and Indigenous Studies Across Disciplines.”