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Our Mission

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

Our Vision

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

Fundador del IRCA recibe distinguida medalla

El Dr. Stefano Varese, fundador del IRCA y Profesor Emérito de UC-Davis, fue galardonado con la Medalla Haydee Santamaría por el Consejo de Estado de la República de Cuba en reconocimiento a sus contribuciones intelectuales a las Américas.


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IRCA founder receives distinguished medal

Dr. Stefano Varese, founder of IRCA and UC-Davis Professor Emeritus, was awarded the Haydee Santamaría Medal by the Council of State of the Republic of Cuba in recognition of his intellectual contributions to the Americas.

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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.”


Director of IRCA awarded Mellon New Directions Fellowship

Dr. Liza Grandia is one of 13 national winners of the 2017-18 Mellon New Directions Fellowship for her proposed interdisciplinary research on “Toxic Trespass”  [download here]

Read the news announcement from UC Davis, and interview with the Director of IRCA, Dr. Grandia.

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