LAWRENCE, Kan. - The University of Kansas recently began offering a graduate degree in Indigenous Nations Studies at its Lawrence campus.
The program director Donald Fixico had hoped that within three years an Indigenous Nations Studies Journal would be ready for publication. Fixico beat his deadline, by a year.
The first issue of the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal is available by subscription. It gives an Indigenous voice to academia, Fixico said, through book reviews, articles on culture, politics and law and issues which concern Indigenous peoples throughout the world.
"It came together (as) a need to express Indigenous voices in academia," Fixico said.
The interdisciplinary, juried journal will be published twice a year, with the first issue focusing on Native American faculty members at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, asking "Why Indigenous Nations Studies?"
"It's an Indigenous voice in academia, something that isn't usually heard," Fixico said. "There are very few national publications like this."
The logo features a Plains warrior shield encircling a globe, symbolizing efforts to protect and preserve the Indigenous voice of high quality scholarship, a university press release says.
Fixico said he expects the second issue to be available in early November and hopes to publish twice each year after that. With the high cost of printing, Fixico said, "We're out there trying to hustle subscriptions!"
Learning about deadlines has been a challenge. "There are all kinds of deadlines!" But with the help of graduate students, Fixico is meeting them.
"I've got a graduate student who is putting it together. I kind of look over her shoulder," Fixico continued. "We've got a book review editor who is part of the faculty.
"When the time comes, everybody pitches in and helps. I had no idea just how much proofreading you have to do. From the time we get the first article, we had to proof read over six times. You race to get one deadline and then the next deadline comes up."
Future articles will come from colleges and universities throughout the country, he said.
For more information about the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal or to subscribe go to the Web site at www.ukans.edu/~insp/journal3.html#Top, or write to the Indigenous Nations Studies, 215 Fraser Hall, Kansas University, Lawrence, KS 66045.