American Indian Studies

News & Events

Upcoming Events

  • The annual Lumbee Book Talk(PDF) will be held Thursday, June 30, 2016. Held in conjunction with Lumbee Homecoming, the event features Lumbee authors and authors who write about the Lumbee. The featured authors are Patricia (Pat) Lowry Chavis, Joan C. Blackwell and JoJo Brooks Shifflett. The talk begins at 2 p.m. in the UNCP Bookstore. For more information, contact Dr. Mary Ann Jacobs, chair of the Department of American Indian Studies, at 910.775.4262 or email
  • November 10, 2016: Honoring Native Foodways
    Honoring Native Foodways has four central goals: to celebrate Native American Heritage Month in November; to help UNCP students, faculty and staff honor, understand, and sample foods that are indigenous to the Americas; to emphasize healthy foods that have been part of traditional Indigenous diets for centuries, and which can still be easily prepared today; and to cultivate campus and community collegiality through that experience we all enjoy: eating!  Honoring Native Foodways invites the campus and local communities to this free public event. American Indian Foodways and Recipes booklet
  • April 6-7, 2017: Thirteenth Annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference

AIS News

  • September 2, 2015: UNCP votes to support Indigenous Peoples' Day
    Faculty Senate at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke joined the Student Senate and Staff Council to support a resolution urging the UNC Pembroke administration to celebrate Indigenous Peoples' Day instead of Columbus Day.
  • Associate Professor Jane Haladay wins award for best scholarly publication at the 2015 Native American Literature Symposium. Dr. Haladay won the Beatrice Medicine Award for best critical essay of the year on Native American literature, given by the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University. The article is titled "Keeping It Real: Simon Ortiz Resists 'The San Francisco Indians,'" published in Wicazo Sa Review, Volume 29, Number 2, Fall 2014, pp. 5-24.
  • Professor Jay Hansford C. Vest publishes new book, "Native American Oralcy: Interpretations of Indigenous Thought" (Vernon, BC: JCharlton Publishing, 2014)

    Native American Oralcy: Interpretations of Indigenous Thought is a work of criticism designed to challenge the misadventures of modernity in its divorce from the organic world.  Engaging Native American / First Nations oral traditions as they embrace an paradigm of thought that engenders accord with nature, this study challenges the creeping ideological abstractions that ensue with the mind-over-matter mentality of the Western literary paradigm.  It is an insight into the once and future wisdom essential to earth care.

  • Dr. Stan Knick's "Knowledge, Wisdom & The Traditional Mind: The Nottoway in the 21st Century" wins Best Regional Film at the 17th Annual Native American Film Festival of the Southeast.

Best Regional Film

Past Events