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Indigenous Futures: A ten-year era for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

For the 2023-24 academic year, our theme is Indigenous Futures: A ten-year era for the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. It has been 100 years since the 1924 Indian Citizenship Act was passed. CNAIR sees this historic moment as an opportunity for engagement and reflection on the past 100 years and to imagine forward for the next 100 years. We are at the beginning of a new era of reform in Indian country in which citizenship, belonging, culture, language, law, policy, and much more will be remade given the significant social, political, ecological, and economic challenges that all communities face in the coming century.  Over the next decade, we aim to create collective engagement with the many layers and dynamics that are implicated both by the historical conditions that have created the present and what is critical in exercising self-determination over the next 100 years. CNAIR will focus this year’s programming on exploring this theme...Apply for a cosponsorship! Requests for cosponsorship should align with the theme and mission of CNAIR.

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Center for Native American and Indigenous Research

Winter 2024


100 Years Back, 100 Years Forward: Sovereignty, Community and Indigenous Futures

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

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