NAIS Mellon Mini-Grant & Residency Awards

As part of the NAIS Mellon mini-grant and residency initiative, the following projects have been awarded to date.


Project: Development of a Mead Art Museum exhibition and an Amherst College course entitled “Never Settled: American Art from Indigenous Perspectives." 
Start date: Summer 2021
Lead Institution: Amherst College
Department: Art & American Studies


Project: Create supplemental material to a special December 2020 issue of The Massachusetts Review on Native and Indigenous writers and artists for adoption into college and high school curricula.
Start date: Summer 2021
Lead Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst


Project: Decolonizing Museums: An Artist Residency and Undergraduate Seminar
Start date: Fall 2021
Lead Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Department: Anthropology


Project: Educational sessions with Indigenous guest speakers that focus on the needs, practices, and knowledge of Indigenous communities for the Five College libraries and beyond to support Indigenous students and contribute to an expanded NAIS curriculum.
Start Date: Fall 2021
Lead Institution: Hampshire College
Department: Library


Project: Development of a new course on Indigenous History for STEM Majors.
Start date: 
Fall 2021
Lead Institution: 
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department: 
History


Project: Residency with Native composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate over the course of one academic year, leading to the creation of a new course and an opera.
Start date: Summer 2021
Lead Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Department: Music


Project: To host Indigenous artists and makers as part of a course entitled "We Make Community by Hand."
Start date: Spring 2021
Lead Institution: Hampshire College


Project: To reimagine a course in the Spanish Department on the study of indigenous languages, peoples, and cultures that have informed Latin American and Latinx heritage since Conquest, with an advocacy and intellectual focus.

Start date: Winter term 2021
Lead Institution: Amherst College
Department: Spanish


Project: To create a teaching booklet about Land Acknowledgement in the Northeast for all five colleges in collaboration with members of Tribal nations from southern New England and all five Consortium campuses.

Start date: Winter term 2021
Lead Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department: Anthropology


Project: Five College faculty working group to research NAIS approaches ("essential vessels") to design their own Course Modules in subsequent project phase. 
Start date: Spring 2021
Lead Institution: Hampshire College
Department: Native American Studies


Project: To redesign an undergraduate course on Indigenous Australia to foreground Indigenous ways of knowing, being, and doing things (Martin and Mirraboopa 2003) at every level of teaching and learning. This course will be a pilot for developing a pedagogical framework that includes Indigenous ontologies and two-way learning, building capacity and curriculum to establish a rich and robust Indigenous Studies program.

Start date: Spring 2021
Lead Institution: Mount Holyoke College
Department: Anthropology


Project: Part 1: Interdisciplinary residency with indigenous (Yup’ik) contemporary dance and performance artist, Emily Johnson, conducted in collaboration with Five College Dance.
Part 2: Create a course/practicum and host a residency project with indigenous (Yup’ik) contemporary dance and performance artist, Emily Johnson.

Start date: Fall 2021
Lead Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department: Fine Arts Center


Project: To hire a visiting professor of Native American and Indigenous Studies within the In/Justice Learning Collaborative, which is centered on a shared curricular theme of dismantling white supremacy.

Start Date: Spring 2021
Lead Institution: Hampshire College


Project: To design a one-credit, undergraduate seminar course offered as a webinar to apply Indigenous knowledge to climate adaptation science. The course will feature 3-week mini-residencies from paired Tribal Elders and Scholars to present and lead discussions on respective topics.

Start date: Spring 2021
Lead Institution: University of Massachusetts Amherst
Department: Geosciences