2017 Meeting Report

This year, American Indigenous Research Association, Inc. (AIRA) became a new 501c3 organization. Our 2017 meeting was held October 19-21 with a range of amazing presentations. We hosted over 100 people from nearly 80 Indigenous tribes and nations. And the backdrop of fall colors on Flathead Lake was inspirational. We were delighted to provide scholarships to the many Salish Kootenai College students from Psychology and Social Work who wanted to attend, but had no grant funding.

Dr. Lori Lambert, AIRA President and conference chair

Flathead Lake in Fall

We were honored to have as our keynotes: Dr. Ed Galindo (Yaqui) from the University of Idaho who spoke about his work with Beaver families; Dr. Jeff Bendremer from The College of New Rochelle, New York who talked about his journey in developing a Tribal Historic Preservation curriculum at Salish Kootenai College; Dr. Gail Small, (Northern Cheyenne) and Montana State University, spoke about the need for mentors in higher Education. And Ruth Ann Swaney

(Three affiliated Tribes) traveled all the way back from her new position in North Dakota to relate the results of her PhD data “Academic Journeys of American Indians in the field of Natural Resources: How their Indian identity & tribal culture influenced their experiences.”

We had international presenters from Mongolia, Tonga, Canada, Mexico as well as from the United States. Some were seasoned doctoral graduates and others were on their way to doctoral status. So grateful to have all of them share their impressive work with Indigenous Research methods.

Dr. Ku Kahakalau’s interactive workshop “Developing your own
Indigenous methods of gathering data” was well attended. Dr. Ku is our newest

Board Member. Other new Board members include: Carol Baldwin, Carmen Taylor, Co Carew, Eric Burrell, and Marsha Small.

Want to attend in 2018? Be sure to JOIN AIRA and to SIGN UP for our newsletter mailing list so you can get all the notifications, call for papers, and announcements as they come out! If you use Indigenous Research Methods in your work, whether you’re a student, lab tech, faculty member, or Elder; in social science, engineering, the life or physical sciences, or even the arts — be part of what AIRA is doing!

We are grateful for all of the participants. You made this happen!!

Videos of the keynotes and power points to follow shortly.