The Yale Group for the Study of Native America (YGSNA) began in 2003 as an interdisciplinary working group interested in topics relating to Native American peoples, past and present. It has become Yale’s overarching graduate student as well as scholarly working group dedicated to study of Native American and Indigenous peoples. Generally meeting twice a month during the academic year and usually for lunch, YGSNA showcases works in progress and is composed of graduate students, faculty, and staff from across campus. Additional YGSNA activities have included visits to relevant collections on campus, social events, and guest speakers. In June 2013, many YGSNA graduate students presented at the Transnational Futures of Indigenous History conference at Oxford University, which Yale co-hosted. In 2014 YGSNA became a participating organization with the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Members also actively participate in the Newberry Library’s Consortium on American Indian and Indigenous Studies (NCAIS) and attend the Native American and Indigneous Studies Association (NAISA) annual meetings, a conference co-hosted by Yale in 2012 at Mohegan Sun.
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