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Acclaim for Beth Piatote's New Book of Short Stories

The Beadworkers: Stories by Myers Center affiliated faculty member Beth Piatote was featured by as one of "October's must-reads… Beth Piatote’s marvelous debut short story collection explores crossroads in the lives of unforgettable Indigenous characters." The book also got a great review on Publishers Weekly!

Native American Museum Studies Institute (June 17-20)

From June 17-20, the Myers Center welcomed 18 tribal museum professionals and volunteers from across the country for its annual Native American Museum Studies Institute (NAMSI).  Participants received four days of training in museum and cultural center development, repatriation, conservation, youth outreach, and more.  Many thanks to our co-sponsors, the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center and the Pheobe A. Hearst Museum, and to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, which provided generous funding used to provide travel stipends to many of our participants. Read more about the Institute's goals and workshops here.


Myers Center Mini-grants - Call for Proposals

The Myers Center invites UC Berkeley undergraduates and graduate students, who are conducting individual research projects on issues affecting Native American communities in the U.S. today, to apply for mini-grants. Proposals that support undergraduate thesis or graduate dissertation research are strongly encourages. Undergraduates may apply for grants up to $500. Graduate students may apply for grants up to $1000.  Read more about the Myers Center Mini-grant Program and download an application here. Applications are due on Monday, October 14 by 4pm.

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

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

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

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.

Reconnecting with Native Food, Revitalizing Native Culture

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.

Myers Center Holds Advanced Native American Museum Studies Institute

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!

Prof. Shari Huhndorf Receives Guggenheim Fellowship

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

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.


Joseph A. Myers Center for Research on Native American Issue
The Myers Center is part of the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues 
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