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American Indian Studies

The aim of the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group, organized by Josh Garrett-Davis (History) and  Rebecca Rosen (English), is to be a hub for students and faculty interested in the multidisciplinary field of Native American and Indigenous Studies.

Spring 2016

Native Testimony

May 6-7, 2016
105 Bobst Center

Friday, 4:30 - 7:00
Saturday, 9:30 - 6:30

The second graduate conference of the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group will feature work on Native American and Indigenous Studies topics by graduate students, as well as remarks from faculty commentators. Keynote speaker will be Christine DeLucia, Assistant Professor of History at Mt. Holyoke College

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4:30 pm Tue, Apr 12, 2016 
Dickinson Hall 211

Most Americans in the Progressive Era believed that Indians were incompatible with cities. But Native people were joining the flood of people moving to urban areas for job opportunities and in response to federal polices. Washington, D.C., the capital city from which federal Indian policy was helmed, became home to a vibrant Indigenous community. This paper traces the networks, maps, and strategies used by that community, especially Native women, to navigate the city and carve out Indigenous spaces for themselves. 


Reimagining History with a Photograph:
Alexander Gardner at Fort Laramie, 1868

Martha A. Sandweiss
Professor of History, Princeton University

Wednesday, March 2, 2016
4:30 – 6:00 pm
McCormick 106


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

103 Chancellor Green
12:30 PM-1:20 PM

Lunch will be served
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Conversation with Brian Herrera

"As a Native Daughter of California…”:
Parsing Virginia Calhoun’s Claim on Ramona


Fall 2015

Comparative Literature and the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group sponsored a reading group with Natalie Diaz at 4:30 in East Pyne 127. They discussed Diaz's collection of poems, "When My Brother was an Aztec."

Diaz gave a lecture on "Beauty and the Sacred" sponsored by the Lewis Center for the Arts, Comparative Literature and the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group. The lecture was at 4:30 in McCosh 60.

Spring 2014

Tiya Miles in Conversation wtih Martha Sandweiss

Thursday, March 6
4:30 pm
Robertson Hall, Woodrow Wilson School, Bowl 001


Martha Sandweiss and Tiya Miles

Fall 2013


American Indian Studies Working Group Conference
Translation in American Indian Studies

Saturday, November 23, 2013
Bobst Center

Keynote speaker will be Phillip Round
University of Iowa, Department of English


The Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group & the Modern America Workshop present:
Andrew Graybill
Associate Professor of History
Director, William P. Clements Center for Southwest Studies
Southern Methodist University
The Red and the White:
A Family Saga of the American West
A history centered around the mixed-race Clarke family in Montana (Piegan and white), and the causes and legacies of the 1870 Marias Massacre.
Monday, November 25
4:30 p.m.
Dickinson 211

Spring 2013

Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group

Daniel Richter
McNeil Center for Early American Studies

February 13, 2013
4:30 PM
211 Dickinson Hall

Announcing an American Studies symposium, "Re-Membering Native America: Archives, Bodies, and Community," at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. We invite you to join us for a full day of engaging conversation at the Alexander Library Teleconference Hall on Friday, February 15 from 9:30 am to 4 pm. Please distribute widely to faculty, graduate students, and other interested persons.

CLARA SUE KIDWELL Bacone College and a founding figure of American Indian Studies
SARAH RIVETT Princeton University
PHILLIP ROUND University of Iowa
CAMILLA TOWNSEND Rutgers University
MISHUANA GOEMAN University of California at Los Angeles
SHARI HUHNDORF University of California at Berkeley
FAYE GINSBURG New York University
The symposium is co-sponsored by the Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences Humanities Dean; the Office of Undergraduate Education; the Departments of Anthropology, Comparative Literature, English, History, Journalism and Media Studies, Religion, and Women’s and Gender Studies; the Centers for Cultural Analysis and for Race and Ethnicity; and the Institute for Women’s Leadership. This symposium is free and open to the public.
For more information, contact Caroline Wigginton at .
Caroline Wigginton, Ph.D.
ACLS New Faculty Fellow
Departments of American Studies and Women's and Gender Studies
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
131 George Street, RAB 024
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Off: (732) 932-9174 Fax: (732) 932-1169

Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group

Marge Bruchac
University of Pennsylvania, Department of Anthropology

Consorting With Savages: Indigenous Informants & American Anthropologists

March 13, 2013
4:30 PM
219 Burr Hall

Fall 2012

Timothy Powell
American Philosophical Society and the University of Pennsylvania
Digital Knowledge Sharing:
Collaborations Between American Indian Communities and the American Philosophical Society
Wednesday, September 19
4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
McCosh 40
Reception to follow

Timothy Powell will discuss an innovative new project at the American Philosophical Society that rethinks the relationship among scholars, archives, and indigenous communities. The APS is working closely with Ojibwe First Nations in Canada, the Tuscarora Nation, the Penobscot Nation, and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians on a project called “digital knowledge sharing.” Contemporary research on indigenous cultures often requires working collaboratively with American Indian Nations. The APS project brings Native American elders, tribal historians, and teachers to Philadelphia on a regular basis; these fellows digitize archival materials (including audio recordings, images, and text) and take them back to their communities for language and cultural revitalization.  In return, the partnering tribes have provided highly valuable information about the materials in the APS collections. This collaborative model offers an exciting model for scholarship in many different fields, including history, anthropology, literature, art history, linguistics, and American studies.

Dr. Timothy Powell is a faculty member in the Religious Studies Department at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Powell also serves as Director of Native American Projects at the American Philosophical Society, where he currently directs an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant to digitize the entire Native American audio recordings collection, which totals more than 3,000 hours.