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WQ23 Brown Bags

22-23 Brown Bag Series: Indigenous Methodologies

Ice Worlds: Lights, Camera, Activism
Dr Patty Loew
Professor, Medill School of Journalism
Location: Parkes Hall, Room 120

FRIDAY, MARCH 3, 12-1pm
Birchbark Books, Tribal Archives & NAIS Methods
Dr Kelly Wisecup
Professor, Department of English
Location: Parkes Hall, Room 224

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2/2 Welcoming Dr. Brian Burkart

Dr. Burkhart is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and has taught at OU since 2018. Before that he was Director and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies at California State University, Northridge. His research specialization is in Native American and Indigenous philosophy, specifically Indigenous land-based conceptions of well-being and environmental ethics.

"Indigenous thinking through the land has a decolonial force that provides a transformative framework for Tribal engagement and Indigenous planning in the context of climate chaos. In this talk, I will present a summary of the basic framework of thinking through the land and its decolonial force. Thinking through the land, where land is the ground of kinship, gives rise to grounded reflective and normative decision-making procedures, I will argue, that provide a transformative framework for Tribal engagement and Indigenous planning in the context of climate chaos."

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2/16 Welcoming Dr. Stephanie Fryberg

Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, is the Director of The Research for Indigenous Social Action and Equity. Dr. Fryberg is also a Diversity and Social Transformation Professor of Psychology at the University of Michigan.
As a social and cultural psychologist, her research focuses on how social representations of race, culture, and social class influence the development of self, psychological well-being, physical health, and educational attainment. In addition to publishing articles in leading academic journals, Dr. Fryberg provided testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, received the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues Early Career Award, and was inducted into Stanford University’s Multicultural Alumni Hall of Fame.
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Project Highlights


Strengthening Resilience of Manoomin

A Northwestern University-led research team has received a $5 million grant from NSF to develop new methods to help mitigate the effects of climate change on the Great Lakes and its surrounding natural ecosystems." This project began with relationship building and a willingness by Northwestern researchers to step back and invite our Indigenous partners to frame the research,” said Patty Loew (Mashkiiziibii-Bad River Ojibwe, CNAIR Inaugural Director). ..“The result is a project that is both meaningful and respectful to our tribal collaborators.” 

Read about the project and new Great Lakes region CoPe Hub

Tribal Constitutions

Northwestern CNAIR Affiliates and Professor of Law Erin Delaney and Northwestern Assistant Professor of Sociology Beth Red Bird work together on The Tribal Constitutions Project. Delaney and Redbird started the Constitutions Project in order to examine the evolution of tribal sovereignty through over 2000 tribal constitutions from over 300 tribal nations from the last 150 years. 

Read about the Tribal Constitutions Project

Learning In Places

Despite the growing awareness of socio-ecological challenges facing humans in the 21st century, science learning still mostly takes place inside the classroom, disconnected from the natural world. The University of Washington Bothell Goodlad Institute for Educational Renewal, Northwestern University School of Education and Social Policy, Tilth Alliance and Seattle Public Schools are partnering to change this status quo and create more culturally and community relevant, field-based learning opportunities for students. 

Visit the Learning In Places Website


Fellowship Project Locations

Research Hubs

CNAIR  fellows are advancing research and scholarship for their particular disciplines, which also impacts Native American and Indigenous communities around the globe.  Their work emphasizes Indigenous methodologies and has impacts on public policy, education, and law.  Apply to a fellowship by Jan 9th!

CNAIR Fellowships

CNAIR Community


Events and News


Annual Reports

Read the 2021-22 Annual Report
Read our 2021-22 annual report here


CNAIR Guest Speaker: Dr. Stephanie Fryberg

3:30 PM - 6:00 PM, Evanston

Dr. Stephanie A. Fryberg, a member of the Tulalip Tribes of Washington State, is the Director of The Research for Indigenous Social Act...

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American Indian Center of Chicago Receives Three-Year Grant for Indigenous Food Sovereignty Project
Reproductive Justice in Indigenous Communities with Dr. Beatriz Reyes
We speak for ourselves
Northwestern partners with Indigenous scientists to conserve Great Lakes wetlands
CNAIR's 4th Annual Research Symposium

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