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First Peoples: New Directions in Indigenous Studies is celebrating the culmination of a successful five-year publishing collaboration. Over the course of the initiative, our publishing partners-the University of Arizona Press, the University of Minnesota Press, the University of North Carolina Press, and Oregon State University Press-have published more than 50 books that exemplify cutting edge Native American and Indigenous studies scholarship. First Peoples books have fundamentally expanded global dialogues on queer Indigenous studies, Indigenous geographies, settler colonial studies, and many other emerging trends in Native American and Indigenous studies scholarship.


Building upon the success of First Peoples and their own publishing strengths, our partners will continue their deep commitment to publishing outstanding Native American and Indigenous studies scholarship.

The University of Arizona Press has a continued commitment to publish in Indigenous studies across a broad spectrum of topics, including critical theory, history, language, culture, policy, environmental studies, traditional knowledge, and ethnohistory, on a global and national level. The Press has established two series highlighting the best books on these topics. Critical Issues in Indigenous Studies aims to transcend disciplinary boundaries by anchoring intellectual work within an Indigenous framework that reflects Native-centered concerns and objectives. Native Peoples of the Americas publishes archaeological, ethnographic, ecological, and ethnohistorical scholarship addressing themes such as Native strategies for survival, acquisition of Native knowledge, and loss of Native lands. To submit a proposal or manuscript, contact Allyson Carter, Editor-in-Chief, via or Kristen Buckles, Acquisitions Editor, via .

The University of Minnesota Press's focus on Native and Indigenous studies is cross-disciplinary, encompassing all areas of our editorial program from general interest titles to works on Native peoples in our region to path-breaking scholarly monographs. Seeking to publish the very best in cutting-edge critical Native studies, the University of Minnesota Press serves as a necessary vehicle for delivering Native critical thought across the disciplines of political science, sociology, literary studies, American studies, education, and critical race studies. In addition, the Press is committed to publishing works that reveal the connections between Indigenous peoples globally around issues of political recognition, decolonization, environmental justice, and human rights. The University of Minnesota Press is honored to serve as the publisher of NAISA's flagship journal, Native American and Indigenous Studies. To submit a proposal or manuscript for consideration, contact Jason Weidemann, Senior Acquisitions Editor, via .

The University of North Carolina Press's publishing commitments in Indigenous studies are broad and interdisciplinary, including work in history, sociology and anthropology, American studies, religious studies, politics, gender and sexuality studies, and literary studies. Chronologically, the scope of the Press's list reaches from the precontact era in the Americas to the present day, and geographically, the Press's interests are global, with a particular focus on the Indigenous people of the Western hemisphere. UNC Press is particularly eager to consider new work for scholarly audiences and general readers that examines present-day Indigenous communities and cultures in context. For the latest information about new books and initiatives in Indigenous studies, visit the Press's web site. To submit a proposal or manuscript for consideration, contact Mark Simpson-Vos, Editorial Director, via .

The Oregon State University Press has a strong list of books on the history, language, and culture of Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, such as To Harvest, To Hunt; Teaching Oregon Native Languages; and Empty Nets: Indians, Dams, and the Columbia River. Other titles include Robin Wall Kimmerer's Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses and Chad Hamill's Songs of Power and Prayer in the Columbia Plateau. Forthcoming books by Native scholars address traditional ecological knowledge, Native management of natural resources, Native American cartography and geography, NAGPRA, Indigenous responses to the climate crisis, and Indigenous-academic collaborations. Inspired by the noteworthy books published as part of the First Peoples initiative, OSU Press looks forward to collaborating with scholars on other books in Native American and Indigenous Studies in the Pacific Northwest, Hawai'i, and beyond. To submit a proposal or manuscript for consideration, contact Mary Elizabeth Braun, Acquisitions Editor, via .