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IPSG Bylaws

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Article 1: Name

The name of this organization is the Indigenous Peoples Specialty Group (IPSG) of the Association of American Geographers (AAG).


Article 2: Purpose

The purpose of IPSG shall be:

• To foster pure and applied geographic research and geographic education that
involves the indigenous peoples of the world, past and present

• To encourage approaches to research and teaching that empower indigenous
peoples, and

• To help build relationships of mutual trust between communities of
indigenous peoples and academic geographers.

The IPSG is organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Article 3: Membership

All members of the AAG, as well as non-geographers and foreign geographers, are eligible for membership in the IPSG

Regular Memberships: Any AAG member can become a member of the IPSG by checking off the appropriate IPSG specialty box on their AAG renewal form and by submitting dues for the specialty group. Regular members will have access to the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community at the AAG website. AAG Knowledge Communities are the online forums for anyone with an AAG account. See http://www.aag.org/cs/membership/knowledge_communities/ for more information. Regular members will also have access to the IPSG listserv, IPSG-AAG@ku.edu

Associate Memberships: Associate membership is a category of temporary membership in the IPSG that is available to Indigenous students and educators with potential interests in geography, but no formal AAG affiliation. Its goal is to advertise the potential value of geography and the IPSG to a broader Native and Indigenous audience. Associate members will only have access to the IPSG listserv, IPSG-AAG@ku.edu.

Article 4: Officers

An elected Board of Directors consisting of a Chair, a Chair Elect, a Secretary, a Treasurer, three Board members, a student member and a Past Chair will govern the IPSG. The Chair Elect will serve one year before assuming the role of Chair. The Chair will serve one year before assuming the role of Past Chair. All other Officers will serve two-year terms. All Officers will have one vote for a total of 9 votes. Any graduate student, faculty member, or other scholar devoted to work on indigenous peoples, provided that person is regular member of the IPSG and in good standing at their respective academic institution, is eligible to hold office.

Election Procedure:

Officers will be elected by secret ballot submitted to the past Chair after the annual AAG meetings and before the end of May. Upon election, the three Board members, Secretary, and Treasurer will serve a two-year term and the Chair Elect will serve a one-year term before assuming the role of Chair. The Chair Elect and student member will be elected each year. Two Board members will be elected in even-numbered years. The Treasurer, Secretary, and one Board member will be elected in odd-numbered years. Call for Nominations will be posted on the IPSG listserv around the time of the AAG annual meetings and nominations will also be taken at the annual Business Meeting. Self-nominations are acceptable. All 9 voting members have a responsibility to participate in email communications and decisions. If an officer of the IPSG Board who is serving for two years does not do so after one year, his/her position may go up for re-election.

Duties: The duties of the officers are as follows:

Chair. The Chair shall preside over the annual specialty group meeting, perform appropriate communication with the AAG central office regarding specialty group news, such as awards announcements and recipients, coordinate between other officers when appropriate, coordinate the annual student paper competition, coordinate the annual elections, write the annual Chair’s Report to the AAG, serve as a judge in both the Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship, and represent the specialty group at official functions.

Chair Elect. The Chair Elect shall assist and advise the Chair in their duties including: presiding over the annual specialty group meeting, performing appropriate communication with the AAG central office regarding specialty group news, such as awards announcements and recipients, coordinating between other officers when appropriate, coordinating the annual student paper competition, writing the annual Chair’s Report to the AAG, serve as a judge in both the Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship, and representing the specialty group at official functions. Specifically, the Chair Elect will be responsible for organizing the Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship, whether done by his/herself or delegating the responsibility to another board member.

Secretary: The Secretary shall be responsible for organizing and coordinating IPSG-sponsored sessions at the AAG annual meetings and providing a report on these activities to the Chair and/or Chair Elect for inclusion in the annual report. The Secretary shall also be responsible for the administration and up-keep of the IPSG web page, including posting of officers and by-laws, sponsored paper sessions, award recipients, and other specialty group news. The Secretary will also manage the IPSG listserv and the Indigenous Peoples Knowledge Community at the AAG website.

Treasurer. The Treasurer shall keep membership records, financial records, and administer the specialty group’s financial affairs. The Treasurer shall manage all dues and fees collected by the IPSG by coordinating with the AAG central office. The Treasurer shall also coordinate with the AAG for dispersement of IPSG funds to award recipients, invited speakers, and other specialty group events or expenses. The Treasurer shall submit an itemized annual report to IPSG members at the Business Meeting each year.

Board of Directors. The primary responsibility of the three IPSG Board Members shall be to judge both the annual Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship. The Board will also assist and advise the Chair on specialty group matters when needed, as well as implement short-term specialty group projects and events as the need for such projects arises through discussion by the IPSG membership.

Student Member. The primary responsibility of the Student Member shall be to serve as the IPSG Diversity Ambassador. Diversity Ambassadors share their experiences and give advice about college life, graduate school, job searches, networking, navigating the AAG Annual Conferences, and more to graduate or undergraduate students. The Student Member will also assist judging both the annual Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship.

Past Chair. The primary responsibility of the Past Chair shall be to coordinate the election of new officers. The Past Chair will also assist and advise the Chair on specialty group matters when needed and assist judging both the annual Student Paper Competition and the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship.


Article 5. Meetings

The IPSG shall hold at least one Business Meeting open to all members each year, usually during the AAG annual meeting. The time and place for this meeting will be published in the Annual Meeting program book.
Throughout the rest of the year, IPSG officers will organize and discuss matters relevant to the specialty group via email, phone, and regular mail and will subsequently post specialty group matters to the IPSG listserv.


Article 6. Committees

The IPSG has two standing committees, the Student Paper Award Committee and the Indigenous Travel Fund Scholarship Committee, both to be organized by the Chair Elect. Ad-hoc committees shall be developed as needed at the discretion of the Officers, and may include, but are not limited to, community outreach, awards, speaker or session series, teaching matters or research endeavors.


Article 7. Student Paper Competition & Awards

Section 1: Student Paper Competition and Award

The Student Paper Award is given for a meritorious student paper that addresses Indigenous critical cartography, geographic research, education, methodologies, and/or theory. Special consideration will be given to papers that do one or more of the following:

* Foster geographic research and education that involves Indigenous people of the world, past and present.

* Prioritize Indigenous people(s)' perspectives, voices and epistemologies.

* Encourage approaches to research and teaching that support Indigenous goals of self-determination over their territories and/or cultures.

* Help build relationships of mutual trust between Indigenous communities and academic geographers.

* Contribute to decolonizing the discipline and practice of Geography.

Criteria: Students must submit a manuscript of their conference paper for evaluation electronically two weeks before the start date of the Annual AAG conference. Papers will be evaluated based on their overall contribution to new knowledge and understanding in the geographies of Indigenous peoples.

Eligibility: To be eligible for this competition, papers must be written by a student who is currently enrolled in a Masters or PhD program. Although papers co-authored in collaboration with a person/people at the community-scale will be accepted, papers co-authored with a faculty member will not be considered. Papers can be no longer than 3,000 words—conference length. The paper must be presented at either the AAG annual meeting or any regional geography meeting or another professional conference Papers should not be published at the time of submission. Papers should be in English, with translation provided for any quotes or sections in another language. Student participants do not have to be members of the IPSG to enter the competition. The same individual may receive the award twice in different years for different papers. In submitting a paper, authors are responsible to include responses to these eligibility criteria in the paper itself: graduate school affiliation of authors and which conference and when the paper is presented.

Award Committee: The award committee shall consist of the IPSG Board of Directors, which includes both faculty members and graduate students. Members of the award committee must recuse themselves from judging the papers of current or former students, but they may participate in discussions during which final selections are made.

Award. The Student Paper Award shall consist a cash award of $150 and a one-year honorary student membership in the IPSG. Whenever possible, the award recipient will also receive recognition in the AAG Newsletter. The committee reserves the right not to award a prize if submissions are not of sufficient quality.

Section 2: Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship Competition and Award

Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship provides opportunities for Native graduate and undergraduate students and community members to attend the AAG, to increase diversity in our discipline, and to bring Indigenous perspectives forward.

Criteria: Applicants must submit two documents: A one-page (250 word) statement describing the applicant’s Indigenous/Native background, including their interests in geographically oriented Indigenous issues. Note that graduate students must indicate the title of their paper; AND, a letter of support from a tribal leader, OR a faculty member, OR IPSG member.

Eligibility: All Native American, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native graduate or undergraduate students or community members within the Western Hemisphere are eligible to apply for the Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship. The same individual may NOT receive the award twice.

Applicants must attend both the AAG Annual Meeting and the IPSG Business Meeting to receive their award. Undergraduates and community members are encouraged to present or co-present, but it is not required. Graduate students must register and present a paper or poster to the conference to receive their award. Applications will be evaluated based on their ability to enrich geographic conversations and debates with the Indigenous perspectives.

Award Committee: The award committee shall consist of the IPSG Board of Directors. Members of the award committee must recuse themselves from judging applicants of current or former students or associates, but they may participate in discussions during which final selections are made.

Award: The Indigenous Peoples Travel Scholarship Award shall consist a cash award of $300 and a one-year honorary student membership in the IPSG. Whenever possible, the award recipient will also receive recognition in the AAG Newsletter. The committee reserves the right not to award a prize if submissions are not of sufficient quality. The award must be used towards travel, accommodation, and/or registration expenses associated with attending the AAG meeting.


Article 8. Dues & Fees

IPSG Officers may assess annual dues from its membership. Dues may be used to defray the costs of awards and for registration fees, honoraria, and/or travel expenses for invited speakers at the annual meeting of the AAG as well as the normal operating and maintenance expenses incurred in running the specialty group. Other IPSG expenses may be covered by dues if approved by a majority of the IPSG Officers.

Dues amounts must be approved by the AAG Council and a simple majority of the IPSG membership. As of June 2003, IPSG dues are $6 annually for AAG members, $1 for students, and $1 for associate members. IPSG Officers may also establish reasonable fees for the distribution of publications, workshops, symposia, or other activities.

No part of the net earnings of the IPSG shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to, its members, trustees, officers or other private persons except in the case of awards, honoraria or expenses incurred by the Officers in the fulfillment of their duties or honorarium and expenses to invited speakers. These expenses must be reported to the Treasurer to be accounted for in the annual financial report


Article 9. Ratification & Amendment of By-Laws

These by-laws will become effective when 1) unanimously approved by the IPSG officers, 2) approved by the majority of members of the IPSG discussion listserv who vote on this issue, 3) approved by a simple majority vote at the Business Meeting in Philadelphia, 2004, and 4) approved by the AAG.

Any IPSG member may propose an amendment to the by-laws. Proposed amendments must be submitted to the Chair at least two months before the annual Business Meeting. All IPSG members will be notified of the proposed amendment by email on the IPSG listserv before the Business Meeting, to allow time for discussion and input.

Revision of the by-laws is subject to the approval of the majority of IPSG Officers and a simple majority vote from the members who vote on the amendment(s) from the IPSG listserv and will go into effect immediately following that meeting.

Article 10. Dissolution Clause

Upon dissolution of the IPSG, the Officers shall, after paying or making provisions for the payment of all the liabilities of the specialty group, dispose of all assets of the organization to the AAG.

 

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