Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program

Five College Native American and Indigenous Studies Program The Five College NAIS Program engages students and faculty in conversation to address issues and knowledge systems critical to Indigenous communities.
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12/17/2020

Come work with us!

Job Opportunity (please share widely):
Hampshire College is looking for a scholar/artist/expert to fill a Visiting Assistant or Associate professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies position beginning as soon as Jan 2021! (Hampshire will also consider applications from candidates who expect to finish their terminal degree by Fall 2021.) The area specialization is open to humanities, arts, and humanistic social sciences. The visitor will be part of Hampshire's exciting new and innovative curriculum by contributing to the In/Justice Learning Collaborative and advising students.

This position is part of the Five College NAIS initiative “Gathering at the Crossroads” and is supported by a major grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Successful candidates will be welcomed into the NAIS community in the Five Colleges.

https://jobs.hampshire.edu/index.cgi?&JA_m=JASDET&JA_s=900

We are so excited for this upcoming talk by our very own Dr. Sonya Atalay! We hope you can join us!
10/22/2020

We are so excited for this upcoming talk by our very own Dr. Sonya Atalay! We hope you can join us!

🗓SAVE THE DATE for this Weissman Center for Leadership event co-sponsored by MHCAM on 10/28 @ 4:30pm EST.

Centering Anishinaabe epistemologies and concepts of well-being, Dr. Sonya Atalay explores how reclaiming ancestral remains, traditional knowledge, Indigenous language, and sacred sites contribute to healing and well-being. This talk will discuss use of arts-based research and knowledge mobilization methods--including collaborative comics, storybaskets and counter mapping--as part of Indigenous storywork. This work shows us that repatriation is a teacher, one that provides a model for imagining decolonial research futures.

Register here: https://events.mtholyoke.edu/event/sonya_ataly_repatriation_reclaiming_and_indigenous_wellbeing_braiding_new_research_worlds#.X5HGLZNKjVp

Come work with us! We are growing and hiring two NAIS staff members for 3 year fellowships! The review of applications h...
10/20/2020
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Come work with us!
We are growing and hiring two NAIS staff members for 3 year fellowships! The review of applications has already begun, but the committee is still accepting applications. Be sure to get your application in quickly. We look forward to hearing from you!

JOB INFORMATION:
Five Colleges, Incorporated has been awarded a $2.5 million, four-year grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to help its member campuses transform how they approach Native American and Indigenous studies (NAIS), with the goal of enhancing teaching, learning and scholarship in the field.

To support the goals of the Mellon NAIS grant focused on faculty and curriculum development, student development, and community engagement, Five Colleges, Incorporated is hiring two staff positions, described below. Please note that Five Colleges, Incorporated uses job-posting software hosted by Smith College. Clicking on the links below will redirect to the Smith College posting and application page. Please also note that applicants can only upload their cover letters at the start of the application process or need to email it separately.

1) NAIS CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT FELLOW

This 3-year, grant-funded term position will provide development guidance for the new curricular components of the Mellon NAIS grant. The fellow will work closely with faculty from across the member campuses to develop curriculum ranging from course modules to semester-long courses and potentially a Five College major in NAIS.

https://smithcollege.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/smithcollege

2) NAIS COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT FELLOW

This 3-year, grant-funded term position will focus on three types of "community development" - developing community among (Native and non-Native) students who are interested in NAIS, developing the capacity of the Five College community (faculty, staff, administrators) to serve the needs of Native and Indigenous students and faculty, and developing relationships between the Five College campuses and the Native communities of the area.

https://smithcollege.wd5.myworkdayjobs.com/smithcollege

LeAnne Howe will offer a reading next Thursday, June 20, in Amherst (Old Chapel, UMass Amherst). Mark your calendars!htt...
06/11/2019
Reading Series | Juniper Summer Writing Institute | UMass Amherst

LeAnne Howe will offer a reading next Thursday, June 20, in Amherst (Old Chapel, UMass Amherst). Mark your calendars!

https://juniperinstitute.umasscreate.net/reading-series/

LEANNE HOWE’s Savage Conversations from Coffee House Press, February 2019, is set in 1875 and is the story of Mary Todd Lincoln and a Savage Indian spirit she invented who tortures her nightly. A citizen of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, her awards include the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of work; the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures; a 2012 United States Artists Ford Fellowship; a 2010 Fulbright Scholarship to Jordan; and an American Book Award in 2002 for her first novel, Shell Shaker.

Each night during the Juniper Institute, faculty and guest poets & writers read from their new and selected work. Readings are free and open to the public. There is plenty of free parking and the event is in an accessible venue.

This weekend!
05/10/2019

This weekend!

Remembering MMIW
05/01/2019

Remembering MMIW

May 5th if you can show your support and wear Red ❤️

Dawnland will screen in Amherst May 7! Get your tickets soon, before it sells out!
04/30/2019

Dawnland will screen in Amherst May 7!
Get your tickets soon, before it sells out!

A Big First: Spring-run Chinook Return! – San Joaquin River Restoration Program
04/28/2019
A Big First: Spring-run Chinook Return! – San Joaquin River Restoration Program

A Big First: Spring-run Chinook Return! – San Joaquin River Restoration Program

A Big First: Spring-run Chinook Return! Posted on April 24, 2019April 25, 2019 by Josh Newcom For the first time in over 65 years, threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook adult salmon have completed their life cycle and returned to the Restoration Area. While spring-run have been placed as adul...

Executive director position!
04/25/2019
Employment - nibezun

Executive director position!

Employment Current Open Positions: Executive DirectorNibezun is a unique and exciting Native American led nonprofit startup located on sacred Wabanaki land along the Penobscot River in Passadumkeag, Maine. At Nibezun, we celebrate culture as medicine, provide an inclusive space for healing, and prom...

Indigenous food as pedagogy at Amherst College today!
04/16/2019

Indigenous food as pedagogy at Amherst College today!

Support this powerful and much needed gathering!
04/09/2019
Healing Turtle Island

Support this powerful and much needed gathering!

Important - Please read and share -

This year's gathering is rapidly approaching. Though we are expecting an even bigger turn out this year, we are seriously behind in our fund raising. We need everyone's help to get back on track. As you know, there is no fee to attend this gathering but there is a substantial cost to host the event.

If everyone that attended last year donated $35 we would be able to meet our goal. Can you please make a donation today and then personally ask 10 of your friends to do the same. We are all in this together and together we can continue to keep this collective dream moving forward.

Please make a donation today, and help us spread the word. Kci Woliwon. Looking forward to seeing you all in a few short months!

You can use the link below to make a donation, or mail a check payable to: Spiret Foundation to PO Box 2102, Bangor, Maine 04402

http://spiret.org/support/

An exciting position!
04/09/2019

An exciting position!

Nibezun is currently accepting applications for our first Executive Director Position!

Nibezun is a unique and exciting Native American led nonprofit startup located on sacred Wabanaki land along the Penobscot River in Passadumkeag, Maine. At Nibezun, we celebrate culture as medicine, provide an inclusive space for healing, and promote sustainability for all people and future generations.

Applications will be accepted until May 15, 2019.
Contact Lisa Henries with any questions at [email protected]

Full job description and details to apply:
https://nibezun.org/executive-director/

Greetings everyone. The Symposium kicks off TODAY!Join us at Hampshire College this afternoon and evening for the openin...
03/28/2019

Greetings everyone.
The Symposium kicks off TODAY!

Join us at Hampshire College this afternoon and evening for the opening events of the 5th Annual 5C NAIS symposium, 'Survivance Stories: Indigenous Struggle, Resistance, and Innovation'

All events are free and open to the public. Join us in the top-floor lounge of Franklin Patterson Hall. Sign-in and socializing begin around 4:30. Welcome is at 5. We have presentations from our incredible undergraduates, a reception (with food!), and our keynote speaker Geo Soctomah Neptune at 7pm in the Main Lecture Hall.

Then join us tomorrow all day for an incredible program of invited indigenous speakers, 5C scholars, a catered lunch, and more!

We hope you're excited; we certainly are!
See you this afternoon!

TOMORROW!Keynote Speaker Spotlight! Today we're highlighting the work of Geo Soctomah Neptune, who will be the Keynote S...
03/27/2019

TOMORROW!
Keynote Speaker Spotlight! Today we're highlighting the work of Geo Soctomah Neptune, who will be the Keynote Speaker at the 5th Annual 5CNAIS Symposium.

Geo Neptune is a member of the Passamaquoddy Tribe from Indian Township, Maine, and is a Master Basketmaker, a Drag Queen, an Activist and an Educator.

Geo and their work are well known in New England and around the US and Canada.

Geo's keynote is titled: “Werk in Beauty and Grace: Embracing Two-Spirit Traditions and Identities”

As a two-spirit (indigenous cultural gender role that is a sacred blend of both male and female), Geo’s work narrates the journey toward embracing this sacred role: a keeper of tradition, a teacher, and a role model for Passamaquoddy and other Wabanaki youth. Geo hopes to inspire other two-spirits from across turtle island to accept their truth and embrace their sacred responsibility.

Join the 5C NAIS program March 28-29 at our 5th Annual Symposium: "Survivance Stories: Indigenous Struggle, Resistance, and Innovation"
See Geo's keynote and more!
See our facebook event page for more details.

Stay tuned over the next week for more speaker highlights!

Check out Geo's work on facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/GeoNeptuneBaskets/

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!Today we're highlighting the work of community-based speaker and language learner/educator R...
03/26/2019

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!
Today we're highlighting the work of community-based speaker and language learner/educator Roger Paul.

On a secluded Indian Reservation in Down East Maine, the 14th child of a Passamaquoddy mother and a Wolastoq father was born into a community of traditional Language speakers. Around 6 years of age the nuns required the children to learn English. Some of the older siblings had already been taken to the residential school in Shubenacadie Nova Scotia. In order to protect the younger ones, they were dispersed and raised by many relatives between the US and Canada. Roger Paul was one of those fortunate children who escaped the wrath of the Residential schools. Always moving from one Wabanaki community to another Roger learned to speak various dialects of the Wabanaki Languages. Growing up in his culture and language he realized that he had to pass this on to the following generations. Presently working on his Master’s in Linguistics at MIT, he has been, and will continue to teach language, culture, and history of the Wabanaki Peoples of Turtle Island, and their vital role in the communities, in which they are ever-present.

About Roger's Presentation "Language Will Teach Us Who We Are":

"We as indigenous peoples need our Language to maintain who we are. My talk will cover how important our Languages are to the survival of our worldview, our identity, and our future."

Join the 5C NAIS program THIS WEEK! March 28-29 at our 5th Annual Symposium: "Survivance Stories: Indigenous Struggle, Resistance, and Innovation"
See our facebook event page for more details.

Stay tuned daily for more speaker highlights!
See you at the symposium!

Sat., April 6!! Join in the conversation on Indigenous people's struggles!
03/26/2019

Sat., April 6!! Join in the conversation on Indigenous people's struggles!

Sat., April 6!! Join in the conversation on Indigenous people's struggles!

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!Today we're highlighting the work of community-based researcher Abraham Francis.We will let ...
03/25/2019

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!
Today we're highlighting the work of community-based researcher Abraham Francis.

We will let Abraham introduce himself:
I am working on applied research to develop a biocultural land Stewardship strategy for existing and newly settled Native American Land Claims on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, Akwesasne. My research interests include environmental research, health, education and cultural foundations as a means to empower Indigenous Communities. I have a BS in Microbiology and MS, May 2019, in Natural Resources from Cornell. My past experiences include community empowerment, engagement and research with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and other community organizations.

At the symposium, Abraham will present "Akwesasronon Voices: Connecting community and forest stewardship"

Description: There are strong relationships present between Indigenous communities and the land and must be centered in environmental conservation approaches. The research presented engages the the Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) community of Akwesanse and draws on their context specificity, historical and environmental history and cultural context, to inform biocultural forest stewardship strategy. The stories and knowledge of Akwesasronon is centered in this conversation and helps in understanding the complex interconnectivity present within Indigenous kinship networks, knowledge systems, and values with the land.

Join the 5C NAIS program THIS WEEK! March 28-29 at our 5th Annual Symposium: "Survivance Stories: Indigenous Struggle, Resistance, and Innovation"
See our facebook event page for more details.

Stay tuned daily for more speaker highlights!
See you at the symposium!

Happy Monday Everyone! The symposium is almost here!! Just four more days! Join us at Hampshire College on Thursday afte...
03/25/2019

Happy Monday Everyone!
The symposium is almost here!! Just four more days! Join us at Hampshire College on Thursday afternoon and evening and at Amherst College all day Friday. See our events page for details or feel free to contact us. See you later this week!!

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!Today we're highlighting the work of artist Natani Notah.Natani is an interdisciplinary arti...
03/24/2019

Symposium Speaker Spotlight!
Today we're highlighting the work of artist Natani Notah.

Natani is an interdisciplinary artist, poet, and graphic designer. She is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation (Diné) and is also of Lakota and Cherokee descent. Notah has exhibited across the United States and is the recipient of numerous awards including The San Francisco Foundation’s Murphy Cadogan Scholarship and the 2018 International Sculpture Center’s
Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award. Notah holds a BFA and minor in Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Cornell University, and an MFA in Art Practice from Stanford University. She is the recipient of the 2018-2019 Headlands Center for the Arts Graduate Fellowship and currently lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Natani's presentation is entitled, "Sisterhood and Shaping Self-Determination"
The presentation will survey the process and conceptual underpinnings of mixed media sculptures, installations, and performances made in response to intergenerational trauma from a Native American, feminist perspective. Moreover, the artist will speak about self-determination
and how that informs the future shape of Indian Country.

What Natani has to say about her work:
My art practice explores contemporary Native American identity through the lens of Diné (Navajo) womanhood. Inspired by acts of decolonization and Indigenous feminism and futurism, my work dares to imagine a world where Native sensibilities are magnified. By way of fragmented abstraction, bodily scale, and the marrying of natural and synthetic materials, my work provokes conversations about what it means to be colonized. Additionally, drawing upon minimal forms derived from Diné symbolism, my drawings, sculptures, and installations become living bodies of sharp resistance to assimilation.

Check out Natani discussing her work in the International Sculpture Center @ Grounds for Sculpture Residency last summer! https://vimeo.com/320013343

Join the 5C NAIS program March 28-29 at our 5th Annual Symposium: "Survivance Stories: Indigenous Struggle, Resistance, and Innovation"
See our facebook event page for more details.

Stay tuned daily for more speaker highlights!
See you at the symposium!

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https://dawnlandvoices.org/ Call for submissions! The new issue of Dawnland Voices is being put together now. Please share widely. We are looking for Indigenous writers and artists to submit. Accepting short fiction, personal essay (500 words), poetry and art. Please send submissions to: [email protected] with "Dawnland Voices" in the subject line. Kci Woliwon!
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