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Annual Report 2017 - 2018

Boozhoo, Posoh, Shekoli, Ahau—

We’re excited to say “hello” in some of the languages that reflect our growing community of Indigenous scholars.

What a wonderful first year CNAIR has had! Guided by our mission to advance scholarship, teaching and learning, and artistic and cultural practices, we began by building relationships. The Chicago area has a rich diversity of Native Americans representing more than 100 tribes. Through partnerships with the American Indian Center of Chicago and the Chicago American Indian Community Collaborative, and in collaboration with the Field Museum of Natural History, the Newberry Library, and the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian, CNAIR affiliates conducted meaningful community- driven research.

Our mission to advance teaching and learning led to enriching experiences for students. For example, in fall 2017, undergraduates from the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications visited the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin and helped harvest, shuck, and braid corn during the annual White Corn Festival. Students in an undergraduate course on race and indigeneity in the Pacific visited Hawai‘i and presented their research at an on-campus symposium and a national conference in Los Angeles. A group of Medill graduate students visited Hopi, Navajo, and Zuni communities—a trip that generated conference presentations, coverage in national publications, and a PBS documentary.

We were particularly excited to provide an interdisciplinary intellectual space for graduate students in the Native American and Indigenous Studies Cluster, where they share their works in progress, discuss readings, and attend lectures by prominent scholars.

As part of our mission to advance artistic and cultural expression, our programming included Indigenous dance, literature, poetry, and film events for Northwestern students, faculty, and staff and the greater Chicago community.

We are delighted to share this report of our first year. In collaboration with Northwestern centers, departments, and schools and Native American organizations, we have brought exciting people and events to the University, highlighting the scholarship, leadership, and issues unique to Native American and Indigenous communities. Our students and faculty, with the encouragement and collaborative spirit of our partners on campus and in Native communities, have made this year a great success. We are grateful for the support we’ve received and remain committed to building on that success.


Patty Loew
Doug Medin

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