The University of New Mexico hosts the 25th annual American Indian Studies Association (AISA) Conference on Feb. 1 and 2. This conference is not only a celebration of Indigenous culture and history, but an imperative recognition of ongoing research and community.

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“This conference is well known, particularly for its community focus. AISA is a community who cares for one another and supports advancing research to support Native American

communities, people, and students,” Native American Studies Department Chair Tiffany Lee said. 

UNM’s Native American Studies department and Institute for American Indian Research have played a direct role in the planning and execution of this conference.  This is also thanks to the Henry Luce Foundation, along with several UNM department co-sponsors.  

Students, scholars and creators from all over the country, as well as Mexico and Canada will be venturing to Albuquerque to attend. The theme of this year’s event is Indigenous wellbeing.

“Scholars and students in Native/Indigenous Studies will share their research, creative works, and initial ideas related to the theme. We are planning all the details with AISA so we are deeply involved in every aspect of the conference,” Lee said. 

There are over 30 sessions planned that include paper panels, films, workshops, creative performances and plenary panels. Over 50 artists will also be in attendance, selling their art, jewelry and clothes. 

The AISA is also offering discounted hotel rates, graduate student travel funding and other benefits for attendees. 

There will also be a pre-conference for undergraduate and graduate students who cannot attend the full conference. 

“This conference provides a space for Native scholars and scholars of Native studies to come together, network, and transform our understanding of the issues that impact our Native communities,”

Registration for the main conference and the pre-conference is still open, and can be found here through the last day of the conference. A full itinerary will be released ahead of the Feb. 1 and 2 event.