[Brookings] Missed opportunities to understand racism in the COVID-19 era

Randall Akee and KJ Ward Thursday, May 13, 2021 Recent events have made clear the pervasive and continuing animus towards various race and ethnic groups in the U.S. The current COVID-19 epidemic has become the latest impetus for acting on old biases of “otherness” or not belonging towards Asians and baselessly holding them responsible for … Read more

[NPR] Randy Akee interviewed on “Relief for Native Americans will go beyond expanded vaccine distribution”

Native Americans have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. They have been more than three times as likely to get the virus as white Americans. In response to the crisis, many tribal communities pushed their efforts and are reporting high vaccination rates. On top of that, the most recent COVID-19 relief bill, which was … Read more

US Census Response Rates on American Indian Reservations in the 2020 Census and in the 2010 Census

US Census Response Rates on American Indian Reservations in the 2020 Census and in the 2010 Census Randall Akee Paul Ong Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear May 15, 2020 The U.S. Census is the backbone of the U.S. official statistics system. A decennial census is constitutionally mandated to determine proportional representation in Congress. It also provides population counts … Read more

[ABC News] Pandemic shows need for Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders participation in census

Professor Randy Akee quoted in the article— For decades, government officials have struggled to accurately count Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders nationwide. Members have been mislabeled or gone uncounted because of an unwillingness or inability to participate in the census. Every 10 years the U.S. Census Bureau undertakes a massive effort to count the American … Read more

Professor Randall Akee to chair the Interdepartmental Program in American Indian Studies at UCLA

A Message From Dean Hunt Dear Colleagues, I am delighted to share the news that Professor Randall Akee has agreed to chair the Interdepartmental Program in American Indian Studies for a three-year term, beginning July 1, 2020. As you know, AIS is in the process of preparing a proposal for departmentalization status, and working with … Read more

American Indian Reservations and COVID-19: Correlates of Early Infection Rates in the Pandemic

April 25, 2020 The SARS-CoV-2 virus is causing widespread devastation as rates of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) grow across the world. The United States is experiencing one of the largest outbreaks with over half a million confirmed cases as of mid-April 2020. However, outbreaks on tribal lands are largely ignored by the federal government, mainstream … Read more

Dr. Randall Akee Appointed Editor-in-Chief of the American Indian Culture and Research Journal!

Dr. Randall Akee has been appointed Editor-in-Chief for the American Indian Culture and Research Journal. As the editor-in-chief, Dr. Akee will serve for three years and will help shape content, manage peer review, and manage the publishing process of the journal. In print since 1971, the American Indian Culture and Research Journal (AICRJ) is an internationally renowned … Read more

Dr. Randall Akee and Dr. Wendy Teeter Named to be part of the UC President’s Native American Advisory Council

Two UCLA American Indian Studies faculty members were named to be part of the UC President’s Native American Advisory Council created by University of California President Janet Napolitano. The first meeting is set for February 1 to discuss Native American student and faculty recruitment along with an issue important to many tribes: the return of … Read more

[Houston Chronicle] Professor Randall Akee on “Family separation policy repeats our dystopian past” [Opinion]

By Randall Akee September 10, 2018 Just when we thought there couldn’t be any more reasons to oppose the administration’s “Zero Tolerance” policy toward immigrants seeking asylum across the U.S.-Mexico border, another horror surfaces: the death of an immigrant child who had been held in custody by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at an … Read more