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Beginning in fall 2017, the Center will award fellowships to support research and teaching in the area of Native American and Indigenous Studies and research.  Please check this page for updated information about the application process.


Heid E ErdrichIn November and December 2017, Rosy Simas (Seneca) and Heid E. Erdrich (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will be the Center’s inaugural short-term artists in residence. Rosy Simas is an award-winning Haudenosaunee (Seneca Nation, Heron Clan) mid-career choreographer based in Minneapolis, MN; she is a designer and director of dance, solo and collaborative performer, movement-based and multidisciplinary teacher, events curator, Indigenous and multicultural arts advocate, and mentor of diverse artists. Heid E. Erdrich is the author of five collections of poetry including her new book, Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media, from Michigan State University Press.

NAIS initiativesDuring the residencies, Simas will set a production of her piece Skin(s) on campus on December 1 and 2; Erdrich will give poetry readings on and off campus; and both artists will participate in a dialogue about their poetic and performative collaborations.


Archive Chicagou

Archive Chicagou is a collaborative project between Northwestern University and two Chicago organizations, the American Indian Association of Illinois (AIAI) and the American Indian Center (AIC), with the goal of creating spaces and practices for protecting materials that tell histories of Native American people and organizations in the Chicagoland area.  With the help of Northwestern undergraduate students, high school students affiliated with the AIC, and AIAI staff, project directors and contributors are building digital archives for organizational histories. For more information, email project director Kelly Wisecup at

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