The mission of the American Indian Studies Department is to educate, inspire, and prepare students for engaged careers and/or graduate school and to be an educational hub and site for community participation and learning focused on the Indigenous peoples of the northern Americas.



Joanne Barker, Professor and Chair


News and Announcements


Congratulations to the

American Indian Studies Graduates of 2021


Angelique Chantelle Archuleta, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Emilio Fentanes, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Cheyenne Lacosta Garcia, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Araceli Garcia-Ponthier, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Pilar Moreno, B.A. in American Indian Studies

Cum Laude Honors

American Indian Studies Department Graduate Hood


Christin Ashley Ornells, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Tania Rose Salabye, B.A. in American Indian Studies


Shawnee Marie Sample, B.A. in American Indian Studies

Summa Cum Laude Honors


Sophia Blackdeer-Young, American Indian Studies Minor


Gwen Louise Howell, American Indian Studies Minor


Kristi Lozinto, American Indian Studies Minor


Sierra Stark, American Indian Studies Minor


Congratulations to the Spring 2021 Johnet Scholarship for Native Americans Recipients


Cathleen Manuel, M.A. in Ethnic Studies Student

Coastal Pomo and Southern Marin Miwok/Pit River, Modoc, and Yuki


Kristi Lozinto, Dietetics: Diet & Nutr Sci-BS

Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians tribal member


Joseph Orozco, B.A. BECA



NOVEMBER 2021 PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, Red Scare: The State's Indigenous Terrorist (American Studies Now Series. Lisa Duggan and Curtis Marez, eds. University of California Press). Book page here.


NEW CD: Paul Steward and his father, as the band Twice as Good, have released a CD with original music, Double Down. You can listen here.

CONGRATULATIONS: John-Carlos Perea's book chapter, "Native 'Noise' and the Politcs of Powwow Musicking in a University Soundscape," is part of an edited collection, Music and Modernity among First Peoples of North America, that has won the 2020 Ellen Koskoff Prize for Edited Collections from the Society for Ethnomusicology.



NEW PUBLICATION: John-Carlos Perea, “Music in Native America: The Intertribal Powwow.” In Global Music Cultures, eds. Bonnie C. Wade and Patricia Sheehan Campbell. New York: Oxford University Press.


Invited Research Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Encounters with Ethnomusicologists: Teaching Music/Teaching Culture.”

World Music Pedagogy Professional Development Webinar Series. October 17, 2020.


Invited Conference Roundtable Presentation: John-Carlos Perea, “Navig​ating a Path toward Tenure: Focus on Underrepresented Minorities.”

Annual Meeting of the Society for Ethnomusicology. Sponsored by the SEM Diversity Action Committee and the SEM Board.


RADIO: Check out Prof. Eddie Madril as one of the local hosts of the Bay Native Circle on KPFA.



NEW PODCAST: Roger Kuhn, Unsettling Eros & Decolonizing Sexuality (2020)

with the Queer Spirit Community.



NEW PUBLICATION: Joanne Barker, guest editor, Indigeneity, Feminism, Activism, special issue of American Indian Culture and Research Journal 43(3).