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Call for Applications: 2018-19 Graduate Fellows Program

February 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.

Dr. Peter Nelson on Change and Persistence in Chipped Stone Tool Traditions

July 18, 2017

On Thursday, July 20, 6-8pm in the Hearst Museum Gallery (Kroeber Hall), Dr. Peter Nelson (citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, a former Myers Center Fellow, and Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies at San Diego State University), will give a lecture on “Change and Persistence in Chipped Stone Tool Traditions of the Northern Bay Area." Peter chips ceramic, glass and stone in order to help revitalize this practice in his community and learn more about the traditional technologies of his Coast Miwok ancestors.


Group of people in front of California Indian Museum

Native American Museum Studies Institute (June 13-16)

June 13, 2017

From June 13-16, the Myers Center welcomed 19 professionals and volunteers from tribal museums and cultural centers 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, and supported with generous funding from the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the goal of NAMSI is 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. Read more about the Institute's goals and workshops here. Watch a brief video about this year's NAMSI here.

Summer Workshop in Qualitative Methods: May 22 - June 30, 2017

May 22, 2017

This CER 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 six weeks of intensive methodological training in the design and practice of qualitative. Scholarships are available for students studying Native American issues. Learn more and apply here.

Community Voices: The Making and Meaning of the Xáxli'p Community Forest

February 22, 2017

The Xáxli'p Community Forest (XCF) is an evolving example of how Indigenous communities are redefining sustainability and asserting their sovereignty through natural resource governance. Written as part of a doctoral dissertation research project by Dr. Sibyl Diver, Postdoctoral Scholar at Stanford University and a former Myers Center mini-grant recipient, "Community Voices: The Making and Meaning of the Xáxli'p Community Forest" traces over twenty years of negotiations leading up to the XCF in British Columbia, Canada. The report also discusses current XCF efforts to restore the interconnected ecological and cultural systems that make up Xáxli'p Survival Territory. The report is intended as a resource for teachers, policy-makers, community advocates, community-engaged scholars, and others. To read the report and for more information, see

Myers Center Affiliated Graduate Student, Tasha Hauff, Offers Insight from Standing Rock

February 14, 2017

In January this year I moved to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation to take a position at Sitting Bull College teaching Native American Studies, including the Očhéthi Šakówiŋ language. Standing Rock is where I wanted to be because of its incredible work with indigenous language revitalization, particularly its growing PK-2nd grade immersion school. The Sacred Stone Spirit Camp, its overflow, and accompanying Red Warrior camp, all organizations protesting at the Dakota Access Pipeline construction site, are just thirty minutes from where I work and live. I am truly humbled by those who have dedicated days, weeks, and for some, months of their lives living right next to the Missouri River, becoming her protectors and advocates. Read more here.

Myers Center Mini-grants - Call for Proposals

February 13, 2017

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, March 13 by 4pm.

Myers Center Graduate Fellow Awarded Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship

January 22, 2017

Peter Nelson, PhD candidate in Anthropology, was awarded a Dissertation Fellowship from the Ford Foundation. Peter is a Coast Miwok person and an enrolled citizen of the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria. His dissertation research investigates the history of environmental change and Indigenous landscape management in his tribe's territory in order to inform and support sustainable practices and policies for the restoration and management of parks and open spaces.


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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