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It’s time to register online for the 2014 Meeting of the American Indigenous Research Association!

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Indigenous Research Methodologies differ from the Western approach because they flow from tribal knowledge. Information is gained through relationship — with people in a specific Place, with the culture of Place as understood through our own cultures, with the source of the research data, and with the person who knows or tells the story that provides information. The researcher acknowledges a personal relationship with the story itself and how it is interpreted by both the teller and the researcher. In colonial academic models, the research project and data are separated from the researcher, who is merely an onlooker.

Though the data collected by Indigenous Research Methodologies can be analyzed quantitatively as well as qualitatively, just like data collected by Western research methods, the acknowledged relationship between researcher and data naturally challenges Western research paradigms. But Indigenous Research Methodologies are powerful and worthwhile despite this challenge, because they provide vital opportunities to contribute to the body of knowledge about the natural world and Indigenous peoples.

The American Indigenous Research Association’s mission is to educate researchers and the public about the importance of Indigenous Research Methodologies and to promote incorporation of these methodologies into all research that engages Indigenous peoples and communities. Membership in the Association is free and available to professionals, students, and community members alike. Visit this page to join us.

This fall of 2013 we held our inaugural conference at Salish Kootenai College in Pablo, Montana on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Registration for the 2014 Meeting is now closed, though a wait list is available, and you can see a list of Plenary Speakers and the meeting Agenda on this website. We continue to develop the agenda and add speakers, so check back frequently to see what great things we’re lining up! Thanks to our funders — Montana INBRE, Alaska EPSCoR, and the SKC Social Work Program — meeting registration is free. Space is limited by seating availability, however, so register early if you plan to attend.

News: Dr. Joseph P. Gone, keynote speaker for our upcoming 2014 meeting, has just been awarded a Guggenheim fellowship. Congratulations, Dr. Gone!

And more news! The newest book of Dr. Lori Lambert, founder and head of AIRA, is now in press! Research for Indigenous Survival: Indigenous Research Methodologies in the Behavioral Sciences will be available mid-summer. Congratulations, Dr. Lambert!

Citations for the text in the first paragraph of this page: Margaret Kovach, 2010. Indigenous Methodologies: Characteristics, Conversations, and Context;  Linda Tuhiawi Smith, 1999. Decolonizing Methodologies; Shawn Wilson, 2008.  Research is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods.