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Native American studies department hosts international conference in Sacramento

By Karen Nikos-Rose on May 19, 2011 in

May 19-21, Thursday-Saturday — The UC Davis Department of Native American Studies hosts the third annual meeting of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association at the Hyatt Regency, Sacramento.

Research on a variety of subjects in Native American studies will be presented at the conference, including “Mapping the UC Davis Anthropology Museum’s Inventory List: A GIS Approach to Repatriation,” which addresses the use of geographic information systems to further cultural resource protection; and “Just Another Hoop to Jump Through? Using Environmental Laws and Processes for Indigenous Rights.” The latter paper is part of a two-panel series on Friday afternoon entitled “Indigenous Studies Speaks to Environmental Policy.”

On Friday evening, the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association will hold a reception at The California Museum’s Indian history recently installed exhibition, “California Indians: Making a Difference,” under project manager Christiaan Klieger, Registered attendees will be able to view this exhibit and all exhibits at the museum.

The reception will also feature poetry readings by distinguished California Indian poets including Janice Gould (Maidu/Konkow poet and scholar), who will be presenting a new book of poetry, “Doubters and Dreamers” (Sun Tracks, University of Arizona Press).

The program for the conference, which is open to the public (registration required), is at

NAISA is a professional international organization dedicated to supporting scholars and others who work in the academic field of Native American and indigenous studies.

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Karen Nikos-Rose, Research news (emphasis: arts, humanities and social sciences), 530-219-5472,

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