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American Indian Studies has a rich history at UW-Eau Claire. Established in 1976 by Ms. Veda Stone, the American Indian Studies program started as an effort to recruit more American Indian students to the University. As interest grew in the special interests and concerns of Indian students, curricula were developed that both featured Native perspectives, and also targeted Native audiences. More history...
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The UW-Eau Claire AIS program made a strong showing at the 56th Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association(WSSA) in Albuquerque, NM last week.
Undergraduate senior Kristina Malec presented her research on "Unemployment in Native American Communities." She received a grant from the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to present at the conference.
Graduate student Robert Bell presented his thesis: "Many Cultures, One Family: Celebrating Cultural Diversity at the Santa Fe Indian School."
Jenna Vater, UW-Eau Claire class of 2012 and AIS and public history double major, also presented at the conference. Her work, "By Far the Most Civilized People: Constructing Native Living History Programs in a Culturally Sensitive Way," captures her ongoing research for Montana State University's Native American studies master's program.
AIS faculty member Dr. Heather Ann Moody also attended the conference, presenting research from her recent Ed. D dissertation for the University of Minnesota-Duluth.