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na:tinixwe mixine:whe (Hupa) Language Immersion Summer Camp - in the News

April 8, 2019

The language immersion summer camp organized by Sara Chase (UCB PhD candidate and former Myers Center mini-grant awardee) and members of the Hoopa Tribal Education Association, was recently featured in the New York Times. "For decades, native speakers of Hupa, also known as na:tinixwe mixine:whe, have dwindled. Only about 20 people are fluent enough today to teach the language and pass it on, tribe members estimate. The camp is a bet that immersion at a young age can help change that. 'That’s always the goal,' said Sara Chase, a member of the tribe who organized the camp with the Hoopa Tribal Education Association. 'How do you create new speakers?'”  Read more! 

Native Youth College and Career Institute

January 28, 2019

The Myers Center, in partnership with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and Native American Student Development, will host a Native Youth College and Career Institute from June 24-27, 2019.  Do you know high school students who would be interested in attending a 4-day institute to learn more about higher education and UC Berkeley? Visit for more information and to indicate interest.

2019 Native American Museum Studies Institute at UCB

January 24, 2019

The Myers Center is now accepting applications for its 2019 Native American Museum Studies Institute, which will be held at ISSI from June 17-20. Offered annually, this four-day intensive training helps to increase the capacity of tribal community members to repatriate, conserve, and revitalize tribal cultural heritage, foster tribal representations and partnerships, and educate tribal and non-tribal communities through museum development exhibits. Participants come from tribes in varying stages of developing their museums/cultural centers. Read more information and download an application here.

Myers Center Holds Advanced Native American Museum Studies Institute

July 18, 2018

In June, the Joseph A. Myers Center at UC Berkeley provided four days of intensive training to 20 Native museum professionals and volunteers from more than a dozen tribal museums and cultural centers in various stages of development. This free training helps to increase the capacity of tribal community members to conserve and revitalize their cultural heritage. The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians provided 10 participants with travel stipends, making it possible for them to attend. Thank you San Manuel!

Reconnecting with Native Food, Revitalizing Native Culture

July 18, 2018

Friends of the Myers Center Vincent Medina (Muwekma Ohlone) and Louis Trevino (Rumsen Ohlone) co-found Cafe Ohlone by Mak-’amham in Berkeley. The Ohlone-run cafe features contemporary Ohlone cuisine using only ingredients gathered in traditional ways on their native lands. Read more here.

Prof. Shari Huhndorf Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

April 18, 2018

Professor Shari Huhndorf has been awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for the 2018-2019 year to pursue a work on her third book, “Indigeneity and the Politics of Space:  Gender, Geography, Culture.”  Shari (who is Yupik, from Alaska) has written two previous books Going Native:  Indians in the American Cultural Imagination (Cornell, 2001) and Mapping the Americas:  The Transnational Politics of Contemporary Native Culture (Cornell, 2009).  Shari is Class of '38 Professor and Chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – May 22 - June 21, 2018

March 9, 2018

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods – May 22 - June 21, 2018
This workshop provides mentorship, hands-on research experience, and advanced training in designing and executing a project using qualitative methods for advanced undergraduates and beginning graduate students. Students will receive five weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative research. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues. Learn more and apply here.

Call for Applications: 2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program

January 13, 2018

The Myers Center is currently seeking applications for the 2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program, a training program based at the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues.  UC Berkeley graduate students who have completed at least three years of graduate studies and whose research promotes the well-being of Native communities are eligible to apply. Read more about the program and download an application here.

Nahuatl Language Classes Nov. 27 - Dec. 7

October 23, 2017

The Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issues, in collaboration with student and community-based groups, will offer a 2-week intensive Nahuatl language and cultural exchanges for beginners and advanced speakers, Mondays - Thursdays, Nov. 27-Dec. 7, 2017. Classes are free and open to all UC Berkeley Students, Faculty, Staff and Bay Area community members. Workshops will take place at ISSI. Read more about this free program here.

UCMEXUS grant to preserve Zapotec Indigenous Language (Diidxa záa)

September 22, 2017

Congratulations to Dr. Juan Esteva Martinez, whose UC MEXUS-CONACYT Collaborative Grant was selected for funding. The project involves developing technology, including an app, to preserve and promote the Zapotec indigenous language (Diidxa záa). Dr. Esteva Martinez, who is also Director of the McNair Scholars Program at UCB, has been leading the Program for the Study and Practice of Indigenous Languages and Culture at the Myers Center for the past two years.


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