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This is a survey course designed to acquaint the student with no previous experience in American Indian Studies, with the variety and scope of the Native American cultures in North America. It presents an interdisciplinary perspective drawing from several fields of study (e.g. history, anthropology, archeology, sociology, religion, linguistics, art and literature). Students will study and learn important aspects regarding various tribal groups representing major geographical regions of North America.
Drawing from several federal, state and tribal archival documents, as well as from other reliable individual accounts, historic documents and books, this course is a comprehensive documented history of the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation. This survey history course presents an interdisciplinary perspective of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation from pre-1800 to 2000. Along with the Assiniboine and Sioux, students will study and learn important contributions and relationships regarding various other tribal groups and non-Indians represented and living on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
This course is designed for students who are interested in United States Indian history, and for those who are pursuing a degree in American Indian Studies and/or Education. This course will acquaint the student with the diverse scope of Native history in the United States. It presents an interdisciplinary perspective drawing from several fields of study (history, anthropology, archeology, sociology, religion, linguistics art and literature). Students will study and learn important aspects regarding various tribal groups representing major geographical regions of the United States, and their interactions with emigrant Europeans and subsequent Americans. In addition. This course utilizes a variety of media to introduce more definitive and elaborate instruction regarding the immense impact of colonization and contemporary work to decolonize education and general media and literature, and acknowledge different ways of knowing and being.
"Federal Indian law," as it is called in the cases and statutes, is a framework imposed by the United States government for its own purposes on peoples who were present before the United States and who are still present. In this context, the difference between "American Indian" and "Native-American" is nonexistent. Both are names given by outsiders. There are no American Indians or Native Americans. There are many different peoples, hundreds, bearing their own names.
"Legalization" is a name for the process of incorporating into a legal system that which exists outside and independent of the system. "Legalization of American Indians" means the process by which United States law reached the lives of peoples who were in existence prior to that law.
The Western system of government by law is the product of long and bloody struggles among the peoples who came to colonize this land and later imposed "federal Indian law" on the indigenous peoples. Some say the system developed into its present form by incorporating information indigenous peoples offered to the colonists. In any event, the legal system that created "federal Indian law" did not come full-blown into the world. It has a history and that history is still happening. A study of the "legalization of American Indians" sheds light on that history as it is intertwined with the ongoing histories of the indigenous peoples to whom it is directed. (P. d’ Errico 2001).
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Indigenous research is ceremony and is framed in Indigenous, Native American, and First Nations, method and theory. Indigenous method and theory is orientated to addressing issues that remain critical to Indigenous populations, healing, emancipation, self-determination and decolonization. Research framed in Indigenous method and theory is based on respect, relationality, and reciprocity, and works to create social change. Such social change addresses the past real world consequences of colonization in the present. Indigenous theory and methodology contribute to work which will serve Indigenous communities and to contribute to making the present and future a better place for all people. In this course students will study Indigenous method and theory through the literature Indigenous researchers and scholars from the USA, Canada, and New Zealand. This course brings Indigenous ways of being, doing, and knowing to the center of academic studies and research across diverse field of academia.