1998-1999 Native American Studies

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Regeneration: A Celebration With the Land

Fall, Winter, Spring/Coordinated Study
Faculty: Carol
Minugh, Alan Parker
Enrollment: 50
Prerequisites: Junior and senior standing.
Faculty Signature: Yes
Special Expenses: Up to $50 for materials.
Internship Possibilities: With faculty permission.
Travel Component: Field trips.

Regeneration is a major concept in understanding the relationship indigenous people have to land, the politics of people and land and policies governing land use. This program will combine focused study of Native American culture, (including an analysis of the effects of natural resource policies on nature and people, tribal and aboriginal rights) with project work and academic research. To design these projects, students are asked to reflect on: What do I need to do? How do I propose to do it? What do I plan to learn? What difference will my work make? All students will answer these four questions and propose an individual or group project directly relating to the program theme by Monday of the third week of each quarter.

Students will share common activities: reading, reviewing and discussing texts and articles, court cases, films and slides that represent images of regeneration and indigenous culture. This material will combine studies in natural resource policies, indigenous history, federal policy and literature, as well as a discussion of human beings/relationships in the natural world. These studies are expected to raise issues for students and provide context as they formulate projects.

Individuals and groups will discuss projects with faculty and colleagues to share expertise and help one another maximize learning. The program will allow people from a variety of communities to learn about the culture and issues important to indigenous people and to create intercultural understanding.

Credit awarded in Native American policy, natural resource policy, Native American studies and credits tailored to student's projects.
Total: 12 or 16 credits each quarter. Students may enroll in a four-credit course each quarter with faculty signature.
Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in Native American studies, natural resources, tribal policy, cultural studies and American Indian law.
This program is also listed under Social Science.


Tribal: Reservation Based/Community Determined

Fall, Winter, Spring/Coordinated Study
Faculty: Paul
Tamburro, TBA
Enrollment: 50
Prerequisites: Consult coordinator.
Faculty Signature: Yes
Special Expenses: No
Internship Possibilities: Yes
Travel Component: None

This community-determined program seeks students who work or live on a reservation and are tribal members or Indian.

The program emphasizes community building within the Native American communities in which classes are held. The curriculum is a direct result of students and tribal officials determining what an educated member of an Indian nation who wants to contribute to the community needs to know. The interdisciplinary approach provides opportunity for students to participate in seminars while also studying in their individual academic interest areas.

Development of the curriculum for the academic year begins with community involvement the previous spring. Students and tribal representatives work to identify educational goals and curriculum topics for the program. A primary goal of this process is the development of students' ability to be effective inside and outside the Native community. After the suggestions are received, the faculty develop an interdisciplinary curriculum and texts, methods and resources to assist the learning process. Students play a major part in making the learning appropriate to them in their community.

Within the framework of the identified curriculum is the overall premise that an "educated person" needs to have skills in research, analysis and communication. Material is taught using a tribal perspective, and issues related to tribal communities are often the topics of discussion.

For program information, contact Paul Tamburro, program director, The Evergreen State College, LAB I, Olympia, WA 98505.

Credit distribution relates to specific curricular foci and topics adopted in the program.
Total: 12 or 16 credits each quarter. Students may enroll in a four-credit course each quarter with faculty signature.
Program is preparatory for careers in human services, tribal government/management, education and community development.
This program is also listed under Environmental Studies.