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Native American and Indigenous Studies Association Annual Conference

Join the American Indian Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles and its Southern California co-hosts for NAISA 2018 to be held in Yaanga (Downtown Los Angeles) on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Tongva.


May 17 - 19, 2018


Intercontinental Hotel
900 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA, 90017

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Los Angeles is home to the largest Indigenous populations in the US. It is our aim to highlight the incredibly rich landscape of Indigenous Los Angeles at NAISA 2018. Our meeting will be set in downtown on what used to be the village of Yaanga before Tongva dispossession. As the city grew, so did Indigenous populations in Los Angeles. Many American Indians, Latin American Indigenous peoples, Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians have come to the rich land of the Gabrieliño/Tongva for a variety of reasons, whether it was from following the rich trade of sea otters, fishing or whaling, or being driven from their homes by the economic tyranny of federal Indian policy, or fleeing persecution of the Mexican government against Indigenous peoples. 

Today we meet as communities to learn from each other, devise anti-colonial strategies and ignite conversations about a decolonial future. We hope that you will join us for this exciting conference!