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Since its founding in 1991, the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) has served as a forum for sharing knowledge and reflections on indigenous cultures and the inherent decolonial struggles for higher levels of autonomy, sovereignty, and self-determination in Native nations across the hemisphere. Read More

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In addition to the creation and circulation of new and existing tools, IRCA affiliates will assist in widening the network to include a greater range of native and non-native scholars, activists, artists, students, and others in partnerships allied with the IRCA mission. Read More

Re-Activating Insurgent Learning

RE-ACTIVATING INSURGENT LEARNING: interculturality, indigenous autonomy, & grassroots globalization

Date: February 22
Time: 12 noon
Location: 126 Voorhies Hall UCD


  • Gustavo Esteva, universidad de la tierra OAXACA
  • Manolo Callahan, chicana/o studies UCSB
  • marisol de la cadena, anthropology UCD


SPONSORED BY: DHI & Estudios Culturales en las Américas Research Cluster

Re-activating Insurgent Learning Flyer

Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration over Rivers

In celebration of the Native American Studies Department 40th anniversary at UC Davis, Laura R. Graham screened her collaborative documentary film “Owners of the Water: Conflict and Collaboration over Rivers.”

The film is available for purchase at Documentary Educational Resources.

You can preview the documentary at YouTube.


Dr. Varese to speak at international conference

Date: Monday, May 28, 2018

IRCA founder and Associate Director, Professor Emeritus Stefano Varese, will be speaking at the international conference with comparative analysis of the Indigenous Palestinian People and the Andean-Amazonian Indigenous peoples in his talk “El Estado oligárquico y las naciones indígenas en el Perú neo-liberal.”


Standing Rock Teach-in

Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Open community event in the UC Davis Art Annex, everyone is welcome. Please share widely. Refreshments will be served and the teach-in will include:

  • Welcome
  • Reports, updates, photos from the folks returning from Standing Rock
  • Q&A, updates
  • Discussion of what the Davis / UC Davis community can do to send supplies, support.
  • Paper, envelopes, and lists of letter writing targets will be provided. Attendees are encouraged to bring their laptops and devices to join in a collective letter writing blitz.

Bring your questions, ideas, and friends. Anyone interested is welcome to stay afterward to talk to others, join working groups, or learn other ways to help.

Hosted by the UC Davis Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA), the Department of Native American Studies, and the Strategic Native American Retention Initiative, among other allies.

The Art Annex is located south of the Art Building and about halfway between the Memorial Union and Mrak Hall on the UC Davis campus.

Pollinating Ríos Vivos y Mesoamérica Resiste

Date: Sunday, November 15, 2015
Please join us for two multi-media events with the Beehive Collective on Tuesday, November 17 in Hart Hall 3201 from 10 am-12 pm and 1-3 pm.
The Beehive Collective is an all-volunteer collective that tells complex global stories through collaborative, anti-copyrighted images created with affected communities.  All of their work is licensed under the Creative Commons.  The current tour is focused on resistance to corporate globalization, resource extraction, and land grabbing in Mesoamerica and South America
Co-sponsored by: Cross-cultural Center, Department of Native American Studies, Department of Chicana/o Studies,  Hemispheric Institute of the Americas (HIA), the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA), and the Social Justice Initiative (SJI)
This is a fragrance free event.

Indigenous Mexican Migration to the U.S. and its Impact on the Communities of Origin

Date: Tuesday April 29, 2008
Time: 12:00- 2pm
Location: OLSON 206

Indigenous Mexican Migration to the U.S. and its Impact on the Communities of Origin: A Discussion on Women, Social Justice and Indigenous Communities Governance in Trans-border Migration

Centolia Maldonado Vásquez & Bernardo Ramírez Bautista

Handicrafts & Spices Exhibition
Video Presentation: Mujeres que se organizan avanzan (15 minutes duration)

Centolia Maldonado Vásquez is currently the District Coordinator and Director of Economic Development Projects of the FIOB in Juxtlahuaca, Oaxaca. Centolia is also member of the outreach committee of ECOMIX (Espacio de Economías Solidarias) a state-wide NGO that provides technical assistance to grassroots organizations in Oaxaca. Centolia’s organizational experiences, particularly with women, have been documented in Sueños Binacionales and Mujeres que se Organizan Avanzan.

Bernardo Ramírez Bautista, an indigenous lawyer, is the Regional Coordinator of the FIOB in the Mixteca region. He is also the Director of the Justice Advocacy Program (Procuración de Justicia) for indigenous communities in Oaxaca and coordinates the program- Leadership Development for Traditional Indigenous- for elected officials at the municipal and local levels.

This event is sponsored by: Department of Native American Studies-NAS, Hemispheric Institute on the Americas-HIA, Indigenous Research Center of the Americas-IRCA, Chicana-Latina Research Center-CLRC, Center for the Study of Human Rights-CSHR

For more information please contact Stefano Varese

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