NAIS Mellon Mini-Grant & Residency Awards

As part of the NAIS Mellon mini-grant and residency initiative, the following six projects were awarded funding in the fall of 2020. 


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: 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: To host an interdisciplinary residency with indigenous (Yup’ik) contemporary dance and performance artist, Emily Johnson, conducted in collaboration with Five College Dance.

Start date: Spring 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