Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group (PAIISWG)

The Princeton American Indian and Indigenous Studies Working Group (PAIISWG) is organized by Isabel M. Lockhart. Current members include Paulina Severiano, John N. Paniagua, Julia GrummittKimia Shahi and Blake Z. Grindon.

PAIISWG aims to be a hub for graduate students and faculty from Princeton and beyond who work on Native American and Indigenous studies topics. 

The group was founded as the Princeton American Indian Studies Working Group in 2011 by Rebecca M. Rosen and Joshua N. Garrett-Davis.

Please email for general inquiries and/or requests to join the group. Also, please consider subscribing to the Princeton Indigenous Studies listserv.

Upcoming Events

PAIISWG Lecture: Christian Crouch

Fri, Mar 29, 2019, 4:30 pm

Christian Crouch is an associate professor of historical studies and director of American studies at Bard College.


Indigenous/Settler Conference

Thu, Apr 4, 2019, 4:30 pm to Sat, Apr 6, 2019, 5:00 pm

Conference organizers: Isabel Lockhart, Martin Premoli, Blake Grindon, Lindsay Ofrias, Jonathan Aguirre, Paulina Pineda Severiano

Location: TBD

Past Events

Reading Group Discussion: Decolonizing Methodologies

Wed, Nov 28, 2018, 4:30 pm

PAIISWG hosts a reading group meeting to discuss Linda Tuhiwai Smith's Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples (2012).

For more information and a copy of the reading, please email Isabel Lockhart at

Location: Chancellor Green, Room 103

Arctic Journalisms, Civic Spaces, and Indigenous Publics

Mon, Nov 5, 2018, 4:30 pm

Mobilizing indigenous experiences with and narratives about climate change through various media provides important insight for broad global publics about what it means to live with climate change both in the observable present and the predicted future.

Location: East Pyne Hall, Room 111

Princeton University Art Museum Visit: India Young

Mon, Oct 22, 2018, 11:00 am

PAIISWG visits Dr. India Young at the art museum to learn about Princeton’s work with the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA).

Please email by October 19th if you are interested in joining.

Location: Princeton University Art Museum

Reading Group Discussion: Memory Lands

Wed, Oct 10, 2018, 4:30 pm

PAIISWG hosts a reading group meeting to discuss Christine DeLucia’s Memory Lands: King Philip’s War and the Place of Violence in the Northeast (2018).

Location: Chancellor Green, Room 103

Poetics and Politics of Indigenous Women

Wed, Apr 25, 2018, 2:00 pm

Location: 239 East Pyne

Centering Sovereignty: How Standing Rock Changed the Conversation

Wed, Apr 4, 2018, 4:30 pm
Location: 100 Jones Hall

Our Beloved Kin: A Digital Awikhigan

Thu, Mar 15, 2018, 4:30 pm

Awikhigan is an Abenaki word that originally referred to writing and drawing on birch bark but has evolved to include bound books, letters, and maps, as well as works of art. Now it encompasses digital storytelling and GIS mapping.

Location: Center for Digital Humanities, Firestone Library Floor B

Decolonizing Climate Justice: Indigenous Movements

Tue, Feb 13, 2018, 12:00 pm

The Inuit Petition on human rights and climate change and the #NoDAPL movement against an oil pipeline are among recent Indigenous-led movements connected to climate justice. This seminar seeks to provide an overview of the many different Indigenous-led efforts to achieve climate justice, including engagements with climate science.

Location: Hinds Library, B14 McCosh Hall

Genealogies of Violence and Animations of Indigenous Law in Louise Erdrich’s “LaRose”

Wed, Oct 4, 2017, 4:30 pm

Beth Piatote is associate professor of Native American studies and comparative ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley.

Location: McCosh Hall, Room 40

Drawing the Kivgik: Inupiaq Art and the Colonial Archive

Wed, Feb 22, 2017, 4:30 pm
Location: East Pyne 010