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The Joseph A. Myers Center is housed at UC Berkeley's Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (ISSI). The Center's mission is to provide the people of Indian country with pragmatic research products that can be employed to improve the quality of life for Native Americans throughout the US. Read more here.

Call for Nominations | Honoring Nations 2015

The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is now accepting applications for Honoring Nations 2015. Honoring Nations is an awards program that identifies, celebrates, and shares outstanding examples of tribal governance. Learn more here

Applications must be received by 5:00 pm EST on Wednesday, January 28, 2015. 

CRNAI Fellow Tria Andrews' article in lakota voice

CRNAI Graduate Fellow Tria Andrews draws on her dissertation research to ask "When Does Giving Thanks to U.S. Senators Lead to Arrest?"  

"November is Native American Heritage Month, a nationally designated time in the U.S. for honoring Native peoples and encouraging them to share their cultural practices and understandings. The November 18 arrest of Greg Grey Cloud--an enrolled member of the Crow Creek Sioux Tribe and co-founder of Wica Agli (Bringing Back the Men)--for singing an honor song in the Senate proves that much progress still needs to be made in eliminating a hostile environment for Native peoples and cultures."

Read the full text of the article here.

Myers center ANNOUNCES NEW Publication

The Myers Center announces the publication of a working paper by former Fellow Pam Mei Wai Graybeal: Municipal Parks: An Environmental Justice Analysis of Conditions and Use in the San Francisco East Bay.

MYERS CENTER Hosts Native American Museum Studies Institute

In January 2013, 22 professionals and volunteers from tribal museums and cultural centers gathered for four days of training in museum skills. The participants, from California, Arizona, Oklahoma, Alaska, Washington, and South Dakota, came from a range of institutions, including some in the planning stages, and they all rated the training very highly. One person commented on the "variety of materials, topics, and participant sharing." In addition to learning from presenters from the Myers Center, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center, the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, the Center for Digital Archaeology, the C.N. Gorman Museum, and the Huhugam Heritage Center, they enjoyed the opportunity to get to know each other and share experiences. One participant was especially pleased by "meeting all the other participants and learning from institutions that are already established and those with great knowledge."

Participants at NAMSI 2013


Researchers at the Myers Center recently completed a pilot project that examined fatality and injury rates involving pedestrians and motorists on main thoroughfares in or near Indian country in Humboldt County, California.  Every year thousands of motorists die and millions more are injured on the nation’s roadways.  But while the number of fatal crashes nationally has declined by 2% over the past 25 years, the number of vehicle-related fatalities in or near Indian country has increased over 50%.  In order to understand the reasons for this increase and to begin developing safety countermeasures, we need better data documenting the problem.  This pilot study combined analysis of CHP’s Statewide Integrated Traffic Records System (SWITRS) database and other sources of crash data with GIS mapping to document the areas in or near Indian country in Humboldt County with the highest rates of vehicle related injuries and fatalities over the past five years.  The Myers Center plans to expand this pilot study into a statewide analysis of fatality and injury rates in or near Indian country in California.  The results of the analysis will be used to help Native nations document the dangers associated with roadways that, while they run through Indian country, are the responsibility of the state to ensure safe passage. To read a report summarizing the pilot study's findings, click here.

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Institute for the Study of Societal Issues
2420 Bowditch Street #5670
University of California
Berkeley, CA 94720-5670
TEL: 510.643.7237
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