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Fostering innovative academic research and scholarship in the field of American Indian Studies
By championing innovative academic research and scholarship in the field of American Indian studies, the UCLA American Indian Studies Center serves as a focal point for scholars, staff, students and community members. The center’s research focus is broad and encompasses topics ranging from the contemporary urban Indian experience to issues within tribal communities. The center pays special attention to the underserved and often overlooked California tribes.
One of the center’s ongoing projects has been Partners for Justice, a research initiative designed to support the work of the United States Indian Law and Order Commission (ILOC), which was established by the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) signed into law by President Obama
in 2010. The ILOC is an independent, all-volunteer advisory group created to help with information-gathering on the state of criminal justice in Indian country—and to define the greatest challenges to securing equal justice for Native Americans living and working on Indian lands.
“It has been our privilege to support such an esteemed, highly respected and tirelessly committed group, engaged in work of such great significance to Indian communities all across the United States,” says Angela R. Riley, director of the center. The ILOC’s report, A Roadmap For Making Native America Safer, provides recommendations intended to make Native American and Alaska Native nations safer and more just for all U.S. citizens and to reduce the unacceptably high rates of violent crime that have plagued Indian country for decades.
The center welcomes contributions to help expand its education and research goals, both at UCLA and in the community.
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