UCLA American Indian Welcome
UCLA American Indian Welcome

Annual UCLA American Indian Welcome for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members

Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Elizabeth FastHorse
Native Bruins: Past, Present & Emerging – Elizabeth FastHorse

This September we are highlighting Native Bruin Elizabeth FastHorse, Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians, A 2011, 2014, 2018 graduate and current PhD UCLA Native Bruin. Miiyuyam! Notung Elizabeth FastHorse. Noon Payomkawish. Nopiiwin Wa$xayam. Elizabeth FastHorse. Is a tribal member from the Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians. She grew up on the Rincon Indian Reservation with ... Read more

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Click on the bold links below to hear the audio files for the pronunciation for the Tongva-language words.

AIS and AISC at UCLA acknowledge the Tongva peoples as the traditional land caretakers of Tovaangar (Los Angeles basin, So. Channel Islands) and are grateful to have the opportunity to work for the taraaxatom (indigenous peoples) in this place. As a land grant institution, we pay our respects to Honuukvetam (Ancestors), ‘Ahiihirom (Elders), and ‘eyoohiinkem (our relatives/relations) past, present and emerging.

Have questions about creating your own land acknowledgment? Check out the guidelines or visit the Special Advisor to the Chancellor on Native American and Indigenous Affairs website for other resources.

Welcome to the UCLA American Indian Studies Center

The UCLA American Indian Studies Center (AISC) was founded in 1969 as a research institute dedicated to addressing American Indian issues and supporting Native communities. The AISC serves as a hub of activities for Indigenous students, staff, faculty, alumni, and community, as well as serving as a bridge between the academy and indigenous peopleslocally, nationally, and internationally. We foster innovative academic research by students and faculty, publish leading scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies, and support events and programming focused on indigenous issues.

The Center also works in collaboration with some of the country’s most influential and respected scholars writing and teaching in American Indian Studies today, who have made UCLA one of the highest ranked and most respected universities in the field. We invite you to explore our website to learn more about us.

Shannon Speed

Shannon Speed
Director, American Indian Studies Center
Professor, Department of Gender Studies and Anthropology

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