University of California Los Angeles
The American Indian Studies Center is an Organized Research Unit (ORU), and as such, its mission is to promote research, education, and community service within an academic framework. As an ORU, the Center is headed by a Director who is a tenured member of the UCLA faculty. The Center’s goals are accomplished by assisting campus departments with recruiting American Indian faculty and supporting research by faculty and students. The Center acts as a focal point for faculty, pre and post doctoral fellows, and students to conduct research on issues about Native Americans. Institute of American Cultures (IAC) grants, external grants, committees, and teaching bring faculty and students to the Center from a variety of departments.