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The Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) is housed in the Department of Native American Studies at the University of California, Davis. Based on a hemispheric perspective, IRCA seeks to understand and express both the local and global dimensions of indigenous peoples in the American hemisphere. IRCA is an interdisciplinary, inter-institutional research program established with an interest in and commitment to the demographic, social, economic, political and cultural importance of indigenous peoples and the issues of self-determinatation, sovereignty and self-development. The Center has a particular interest in the global and transnational connections of indigenous peoples as well as their growing participation in the reshaping of local, regional and national identities and communities. IRCA provides an open forum for indigenous scholars, indigenous community, spiritual and political leaders and non-Indigenous researchers who are concerned with developing a hemispheric and interdisciplinary approach to the past, present and future realities of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. IRCA is sponsored by the University of California, Davis through the Native American Organized Research Program (NAORP).The NAORP was formally established in June, 1991 with the support of the UCD Office of Research.

The Dakota Access Pipeline in Context


A map developed by a working group of UC-Davis affiliates in coordination with the Native American Studies (NAS) Department and the Indigenous Research Center of the Americas (IRCA) to provide deeper historical context to the conflict over the Dakota Access Pipeline in the Area surrounding the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North Dakota and South Dakota. 

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Cover page of Bonfil y la civilización del común. Crónica de un itinerario utópico.

Bonfil y la civilización del común. Crónica de un itinerario utópico.


Biographycal narrative of Mexican anthropologist Guillermo Bonfil Batalla. Lecture delivered at the UNAM-PUMC program at inaugural session of the Cátedra Guillermo Bonfil.

Cover page of Witness to Sovereignty

Witness to Sovereignty


this is an introduction to Professor Varese's upcoming book.