American Indian Student Association

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AISA stands as a welcoming association open to all UCLA students, although American Indians constitute less than 1% of the student body nationwide. We have cultivated a robust and supportive community that nurtures American Indian, Alaskan Native, and First Nation students in their educational pursuits at UCLA. Within the Native Bruin community, students unite to advance education and cultural understanding. Together, we challenge misconceptions surrounding American Indian art, language, history, and lifestyles. Our strength lies in our diverse backgrounds; every member enriches our community with unique perspectives, fostering a vibrant environment. At AISA, we've pioneered student-led outreach initiatives like American Indian Recruitment (AIR) and Retention of American Indians Now! (RAIN!), both headquartered in the Student Activities Center. These projects are tailored to empower Native individuals in their higher education journeys. We also host significant events annually, including Native American Heritage Week, the Youth Conference/Basketball Tournament, and the UCLA PowWow. Additionally, we pay homage to the GabrieleƱo peoples, the original custodians of the Los Angeles Greater Basin and Southern Channel Islands, acknowledging their enduring connection to the land.

Signatories: Maya Araujo, Cheyenne Faulkner, and Camryn Redmond

Advisor: Kristopher Kaupalolo

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