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Annual Report 2018 - 2019


We thank everyone who has been a part of a second amazing year at the Center for Native American and Indigenous Research. We are happy to share our accomplishments and showcase our affiliates and fellows as
well as the programs and partnerships that took place during the 2018–19 academic year.

Through hosting our inaugural undergraduate and graduate research fellows, CNAIR supported research on such topics as Cherokee language programs, Indigenous relations to land and identity in Peru, and music
of the Brothertown Indian Nation.

In May 2019, we hosted the first of what is to be an annual symposium, where fellows presented their research to a packed house of community members, parents, administrators, and CNAIR affiliates. Citizen Band
Potawatomi cartographer Margaret Pearce, our artist in residence, gave the keynote lecture “One Place Because of Another: Mapping Indigenous Geographies.” As artist in residence, she spent part of spring quarter at Northwestern, visiting classes, conducting individual meetings, and onsulting on collaborative research projects.

The center continues to foster collaborative relationships with local Native American and Indigenous organizations and with tribal communities throughout the Great Lakes region. In one such collaboration, journalism students visited the Oneida Nation in Wisconsin to help at its traditional white-corn harvest, working alongside tribal members and learning about the significance of the corn in Oneida culture and techniques for harvesting and storing.

The center has recently moved to a larger space, and looking ahead, we are excited that the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences has approved a new minor in Native American and Indigenous studies. We’re grateful to
our on- and off-campus partners and affiliates, who have contributed time, talent, and resources to support our vision.

Baamaapii (see you soon),
Patty Loew
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