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Join UB’s Native Graduate Association

This organization was formed to create a community among the Native American Students here at UB. Our aim is to focus on the cultures of our ancestors and to enrich awareness of others on the campus and the surrounding community. NGA is open to all people of all races who want to learn more about the indigenous people of this land and we welcome you to join us.



To the 2011 Wolf-Fire Student Scholarship Honorees, in support of their work within Native American communities:

Laticia McNaughton, American studies

Joe Candillo, American studies

Stephen Demchak, American studies

Mia McKie, American studies

Anne Lally, Anthropology

Mohammed Abdullahi Mohamed, who completed his M.A. in American Studies in June 2009, was appointed Prime Minister of Somalia in October 2010.  He completed his M.A. thesis, “U.S. Strategic Interests in Somalia from the Cold War through the War on Terror,” with the mentorship of Professor Donald A. Grinde and Professor Peter Ekeh.

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Congratulations to recent AMS graduates Devyn Gordon, Katherine Goewey, Stephanie Mancuso, and Jennifer Christian!



A special congratulations to all our recent graduates:

Ph.D. – Ruth Barnes Shaw, Nicholle Dragone, and Kush Bhardwaj
M.A. – Jadaiman DaCosta, Sophia Azeb, Pamela Davidson, Christine Ditzel, Dan Elkan, Laura Morris, Shannon O’Sullivan


Fellowships and Grants

Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa Api and Kritika Agarwal won grants from the Mark Diamond Research Fund for work on their dissertations.

Kritika Agarwal, Dzheni Dilcheva, and Jessi Lee Jackson were awarded Presidential Fellowships.

Anne Garner received a scholarship and appointment of Mentor at Empire State College, NY.

Laticia McNaughton won a Schomburg Fellowship.

Gregory Young won a CIT Scholarship from Finger Lakes Community College Center for Teaching, a New York Council for the Humanities Scholar-Facilitator Travel Award, a Quebec Summer Seminar Scholarship, and a UB Humanities Institute Scholarship to Attend the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College.


Publications/Research and Creative Projects

Sierra Adare-Tasiwoopa Api conducted research for an education film for Educational Fundamentals, a 501©3 non-profit.

Robert Antone

  • Assisted the lead researcher in all aspects of the Mnaasged Self Evaluation, an independent research project funded by Indian and Northern Affairs of Canada to evaluate the Prevention Programs in the area First Nation communities who have collaborated to form the Mnaasged Child and Family Services
  • Assisted in Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Aboriginal Research Pilot Project. The goal is to draw on traditional Aboriginal knowledge and understandings of learning and teaching relationships to prepare assessment strategies and tools that reflect the needs and desires of First Nations communities and students in Canada.

Ruth Goldman

  • Guest Artist, Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, December 2010. “Gender & Sound” – lecture & film screenings sponsored by the WLU Campus Women’s Center, Women & Gender Studies Program and Film Studies Program.
  • Director, Editor: Strata Vision (with Judy Brown and Venenzo Mistretta) February 2011.
  • Video Installation created for “It’s Complicated” Squeaky Wheel Peep Show 2011, Buffalo, NY.

Jessi Lee Jackson:

  • “Fear and Loathing: the Challenge of Anti-prison Work.” with Erica R. Meiners. Women’s Studies Quarterly. Spring/Summer 2011.
  • “Situational Lesbians & the Daddy Tank: Women Prisoners Negotiating Queer Identity and Space, 1970-1980.” Genders. Spring 2011.
  • “Feeling Like a Failure: Teaching/Learning Abolition Through the Good, the Bad, and the Innocent.” with Erica R. Meiners. Radical Teacher. August 2010.
  • “Defining Safety” in the Spring/Summer 2011 issue of make/shift.

Urzula Piasta, “Seneca Resistance: Surviving the Kinuza Dam,” American Indians in American Popular Culture, Volume III, Praeger Press, 2011.

Aleksandra Szaniawska

  • Participant in “Forms of Multilingualism” research project conducted by Dr. Janina Brutt-Griffler, Summer & Fall 2010.
  • "’I Had Memory. I Had Anger. I Had Despair’: Searching for the ‘Mother Tongue’ in Jamaica Kincaid’s Lucy" in The Americanist: Warsaw Journal for the Study of the United States.

Mark Tattenbaum researched and wrote the World English Premier of “Father Maximilian’s Cell.”


Outstanding Teaching

Aaron Lefkovitz was nominated for the Medaille College Graduate Assistant of the Year, Spring 2011.

Katherine (McMahon) Grennell won the American Studies Department’s Outstanding TA award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award/Honorable Mention from the UB Graduate School.


Outstanding Service

Amber Meadow Adams accepted a seat on the Curriculum Development Committee of the Board of Directors of the Haudenosaunee Institute of Indigenous Knowledge, a partner institution with Syracuse University.

Kritika Agarwal served as President of the American Studies Graduate Student Association.

Kritika Agarwal, John Burdick, Stephen Demchak, Dan Elkan, Paul McCutcheon, Laticia McNaughton, and Carolyn Stirling served on the

Planning Committee for the 7th Annual Indigenous and American Studies Storyteller’s Conference at UB, Spring 2011.

Ruth Goldman is the Co-facilitator and Programmer of "PUSHing People Power," a monthly film series for the community organization, PUSH Buffalo. She is also on the organizing committe of the Feminist Research Alliance at UB.

Amy Kedron founded and directed a nonprofit organization called Buffalo First, which allowed her to organize and observe local independent business owners in Buffalo for four years. The nonprofit continues to do great things for Buffalo and it work has been covered by Reuters and Business Week. 

Laticia McNaughton is the Graduate Student Coordinator, Haudenosaunee and Native American Studies Research Group at UB; a Corporate Board Member, Native American Community Services of Erie County and Buffalo; and a volunteer with Neto Hatinakwe Onkwehowe, Native American Arts and Culture non-profit, assisting with events promotion and fundraising activities.