- Editors’ Note
this issue marks our last as the founding coeditors of Native American and Indigenous Studies. Establishing the association’s flagship journal has been a gratifying challenge. We have learned an immense amount about the vitality and reach of critical Indigenous studies globally, the generosity, dedication, and rigor of Indigenous studies scholars, and the undeniable momentum that gives us confidence in the future of the field. We are also the happy recipients of an education in the ins and outs of publishing an academic journal in the twenty-first century, an enterprise every bit as complex as you can imagine it to be multiplied several times.
We are deeply grateful, first and foremost, to the scholars and writers who sent us their work, without whom we of course would have had nothing to publish. Academic editing, as we have learned on the job, is a matter of collaboration and corroboration, enlisting the expertise of others in pursuit of the process of making worthwhile knowledge. Editing this journal, in other words, has required tons of help from immense numbers of people around the world, and we are grateful to our many colleagues who have contributed to NAIS’s launch and growth through their service as involved and invaluable members of the editorial board, readers of manuscripts, and reviewers of books, films, and exhibits.
Our efforts have benefited as well from the invaluable work of graduate students and staff members on our home campuses who put in thousands of hours of work processing manuscripts, answering email messages, sending out books, and keeping up with our social media accounts. At the University of Illinois we thank John McKinn, Kyle Mays, Jessica Landau, and Dulce Talavera; at the University of Kansas we thank Ariane Tulloch and Sierra Watt; at the University of Minnesota we thank Jameson R. Sweet and Sasha Suarez. We are grateful as well to the members of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association, who make up the subscriber base of the journal. Both of us have served as elected leaders of the association, so we know that NAISA members are critical readers and discerning scholars with high expectations. We are therefore grateful to everyone who has passed along encouragement over the past six years. Knowing that NAIS was for at least some of those whom we count as our most valued colleagues, peers, [End Page 1] and friends something to be read cover to cover has given this labor all the more meaning and pleasure.
Finally, we want to extend our sincere thanks to our esteemed partners at the University of Minnesota Press, who have so generously worked alongside us (and guided us through the occasional misstep) with good cheer at all times, especially Jason Weidemann, Doug Armato, Alicia Gomez, Anne Carter, Susan Doerr, Daniel Ochsner, and Amy Smith. We look forward to seeing the great work of new editors Kelly McDonough and Tsianina Lomawaima and wish them all the best. The journal is in terrific hands! [End Page 2]