READ IT: Two NAS Grad Students featured in News Article about presenting at the California Indian Conference!
UCD NAS Grad Students Lori Laiwa and Abel Ruiz are both quoted in the article about the California Indian Conference which was held this past weekend. Many of the UCD NAS Grad Students and faculty were there and some presented!
FROM THE ARTICLE: Lori Laiwa, a Pomo, and Abel Ruiz were both UC Davis graduate students who traveled to Chico to visit and present during the conference. They met up with a professor Laiwa knew from San Francisco State University, Kathy Wallace, who describes herself as a Karuk, Mohawk, Yurok and a member of the Hupa Valley tribes.
Laiwa and Wallace said they attend many such conferences, and it is always a pleasure to see old friends. In addition, both women presented on recent research and participated in several workshops. Ruiz also presented on his research topic, addressing the crowd on the Native American Gravesite Protection and Repatriation Act.
"It's a place where indigenous people can share their projects," Ruiz said.
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Abel Ruiz is originally from the community of Tlachichila, Zacatecas, Mexico and he treats Santa Ana, Califas, as his second home. His research interests include (but are not limited to): the application of Geographic Information System (GIS) for indigenous empowerment, indigenous countermapping, decolonization theory, and NAGPRA.
Robin Thomas is a Ph.D. candidate in Native American Studies. She lives in Ukiah, California, which is on traditional lands of Pomo peoples. Her dissertation focus is on Native American student labor at Sherman Institute, as well as the work of families, tribes and communities in reclaiming students from the boarding schools during the first half of the twentieth century. Her research interests include community labor and self-determination; practical approaches to decolonization, repatriation and protecting sacred sites; and land reclamation for Native peoples. She received her M.A. in history from Sonoma State University in 2005.
UC Davis Hosts the Native American Indigenous Studies Association Conference - UCD Grad Students Present
On May 19-21, the UC Davis Department of Native American Studies hosted the official meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association (NAISA). The program featured three days of presentations and activities. Several UCD NAS Grad Students presented including:
Brook Colley & Gina Caison: Uneasy Remains: Backyard Documentary, Human Remains, and the University of
Angel Hinzo: One People, Two Nations: The Ho-Chunk/Winnebago and the Implications of the
2000 Enrollment Addendum
Patricia Killelea: Between These Songs: Sherwin Bitsui’s Decolonizing Poetics in “Floodsong”
Cutcha Risling Baldy: NAGPRA 20 Years Later: What Works
Abel Ruiz: Indigenous GIS Mapping: Past and present challenges
James D. Sarmento: Reclamation and Revitalization: identity and language ideology in Native American
Silvia Soto: Zapatismo and the Buried Knowledges of an Indigenous Consciousness
Christine Willie: Meet at the Top: Diné Knowledge and Scientific Knowledge Contemplate Dibé
Welcome to the Davis Native American Studies Graduate Student Blog. This blog was started as a place to update on all of the amazing work that is being done by the Graduate Students in the UC Davis Native American Studies Department. The Graduate Program in Native American Studies was approved in 1998, making UC Davis only the second university in the nation to offer a Ph.D. in Native American Studies. In Fall 1999, the Department welcomed its first group of students enrolled in the M.A. and Ph.D. Programs in Native American Studies.
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