We would like to begin by acknowledging the land on which the University at Buffalo operates, which is the territory of the Seneca Nation, a member of the Haudenosaunee/Six Nations Confederacy. This territory is covered by The Dish with One Spoon Treaty of Peace and Friendship, a pledge to peaceably share and care for the resources around the Great Lakes. It is also covered by the 1794 Treaty of Canandaigua, between the United States Government and the Six Nations Confederacy, which further affirmed Haudenosaunee land rights and sovereignty in the State of New York. Today, this region is still the home to the Haudenosaunee people, and we are grateful for the opportunity to live, work, and share ideas in this territory.
Native American Community Services (NACS) is a non-profit organization providing quality health and social services to the off-reservation Native American population in Erie and Niagara Counties. In keeping with their “Tradition of Caring,” they have grown into a full-scale human services agency committed to helping the entire community, regardless of race or background.
Building on our traditional strengths in American Indian studies, critical race theory, feminism, class analysis, and community engagement, American Studies is an interdisciplinary field which encourages scholarly work on history, politics, visual cultures, literary and oral cultures, environmental and agricultural practices, religions, gender, sexualities, kinship systems, geography, and economics.