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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.


Myers Center Graduate Fellow Tria Wakpa Blu (formerly Tria Andrews) speaks with Third Woman Press about the power of using poetry, performance and yoga to sustain an interactive, decolonial, all-inclusive feminism. Read more here.

Call for Papers: 30th Annual California Indian Conference

UC Berkeley celebrates the 30th anniversary of the California Indian Conference (October 15-17) by bringing it back to where it began in 1985. Submissions for papers and presentations on any topic focusing on California’s Native American peoples are welcome. Past topics have included: education, Native languages, federal and state law, storytelling, repatriation/museums, literature, economic development, social and political issues, anthropology/archaeology, cultural maintenance and revitalization, dance, and arts.

Special attention will be paid to submissions that speak to the conference’s origins, what has been accomplished through these annual meetings, continuing conversations, what has changed over the years, and in what direction(s) the conference should head. We also encourage submissions from past panels that would like to reconvene and follow up on issues discussed at previous conferences.

Learn more about the conference and the call for papers here.

Please send proposals and inquiries to Submissions are due Friday, June 19

Marilyn Baptiste Wins 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize

Congratulations to Marilyn Baptiste, former chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation, who was awarded the 2015 Goldman Environmental Prize! The Goldman Prize is the world's largest award recognizing grassroots environmental activists, honoring individuals for sustained and significant efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, often at great personal risk. Baptiste led her community in defeating one of the largest proposed gold and copper mines in British Columbia that would have destroyed Fish Lake – a source of spiritual identity and livelihood for the Xeni Gwet’in.  (Marilyn spoke about this experience at a Myers Center brown bag lunch talk on April 16.)

Learn more about the Goldman Prize and Marilyn Baptiste's work here.

Video Now AVAILABLE: Indigenous Peoples' Day 2014

Indigenous People's Day is a day-long series of events, performances, and participatory activities. Watch the event here


The Myers Center is now accepting applications from tribal museum professionals for its annual Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI).  Sponsored in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology, and supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, NAMSI helps to develop the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. This year, NAMSI will be held from June 9-12 at UC Berkeley. The 2015 NAMSI is currently full, but we are still accepting applications from participants who wish to be placed on a waiting list.  Read more about the Institute's goals and workshops, and download an application here.

Affiliated Researcher nicole lim quoted in New york times

Myers Center affliated researcher Nicole Lim was quoted in the New York Times when asked to comment on Pope Francis's announced plans to canonize Rev. Junipero Serra:  "'If he is elevated to saintood,' said Nicole Lim, the executive director of the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center in Santa Rosa, 'then he should be held responsible for the brutal and deadly treatment of native people.'" Read more here.

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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