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Native American and World
Indigenous Peoples Studies
2001 - 2002
Affiliated Faculty:
Kristina Ackley, Meyer Louie, Carol Minugh, Alan Parker, Gary Peterson and David Whitener

Offerings Beginning Spring Quarter
Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies (NAWIPS) offers a variety of opportunities for academic work.
The area programs focus on the indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the Americas and the world. The college offers these educational opportunities through campus programs and the reservation-based program that targets community building through designing a curriculum that responds to the educational goals of the Indian nations they serve.

Destiny: Welcoming the Unknown
Fall, Winter, Spring/Coordinated Study
Faculty: Kristina Ackley, Raul Nakasone(F), Corky Clairmont(W)
Enrollment: 48
Prerequisites: None. This all-level program will offer appropriate support for sophomores or above ready to do advanced work.
Faculty Signature: Kristina will require a signature for spring quarter. The students must submit
independent project prosposal to Kristina. Faculty interview required.
Special Expenses: Approximately $100 per quarter for field trip expenses.
Internship Possibilities: Yes
Travel Component: None

This program is a part of the Native American and World Indigenous Studies area. While the program will not be a study specifically of Native Americans we will explore Native American historical perspectives and will look at issues that are particularly relevant to Native Americans. We will concentrate our work in cultural studies, human resource development and cross-cultural communication. The program will examine what it means to live in a pluralistic society at the beginning of the 21st century. We will look at a variety of cultural and historical perspectives and use them to help us address the program theme. We will also pay special attention to the value of human relationships to the land, to work, to others and to the unknown.
We will ask students to take a very personal stake in their educational development throughout the year. Within the program's themes and subjects students will pay special attention to how they plan to learn, what individual and group work they want to do and how they plan on doing it, and what difference the work will make in their lives. Students will be encouraged to assume responsibility for their choices. The faculty and students will work to develop habits of healthy community interaction in the context of the education process.

  • Credit awarded in Native American history, cultural studies, philosophy, and content areas dependant on student's individual project work.
  • Total: 16 credits each quarter.
  • Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in education, the arts, anthropology, multicultural studies, tribal government and Native American studies.
  • This program is also listed in First-Year Programs, Culture, Text and Language and Social Science.

Tribal: Reservation- Based/Community-Determined
Fall, Winter, Spring/Coordinated Study
Faculty: Yvonne Peterson, Gary Peterson, Michelle Aguilar-Wells, Jeff Antonelis-Lapp
Enrollment: 60
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, transfer students welcome.
Faculty Signature: Yes. For information consult the coordinator, Yvonne Peterson, The Evergreen State College, Lab I, Olympia, WA 98505, (360) 867-6485.
Special Expenses: Expenses related to at least two visits to the Olympia campus each quarter and two visits to the various Reservation sites.
Internship Possibilities: No
Travel Component: Four weekend visits to the campus or Reservation site each quarter.

This community-based and community-determined program seeks tribal members and other students who work or live on a reservation.
The program emphasizes community-building within the Native American communities. Classes are held in computer, writing and research skills and critical thinking. Students and tribal officials design the curriculum by asking what an educated member of an Indian nation needs to know to contribute to the community. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to participate in seminars while also studying in their individual academic interest areas.
Curriculum development for the academic year begins with community involvement the previous spring. Students and tribal representatives identify educational goals and curriculum topics. A primary goal of this process is the development of students' ability to be effective inside and outside the Native community. Using suggestions received, the faculty develop an interdisciplinary curriculum and texts, methods and resources to assist the learning process. Students make the learning appropriate to their community.
Within the framework of the identified curriculum, the premise is 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. Scholarship and critical thinking skills are assessed as part of student evaluations.
This program is primarily designed for upper-division students seeking a liberal arts degree. Program themes change yearly on a rotating basis. The theme for 2001-02 is Healthy Communities. Natural resources is integrated into the program each year.

  • Credit awarded will depend upon topics adopted in the program.
  • Total: 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 human services, tribal government and management, natural resources, community development, Native American studies and cultural studies.
Offerings Beginning Spring Quarter

Cultural Resource Management: Scope and Promise
Spring/Group Contract
Faculty: Llyn DeDanaan
Enrollment: 40 undergraduate students; 10 graduate students
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, transfer students welcome; graduate standing for graduate credit.
Faculty Signature: No
Special Expenses: No
Internship Possibilities: No

Cultural resource management, as a field of study, calls upon knowledge of federal and state law, archeology, conservation, anthropology, curation, oral history, preservation and museology. We will spend 10-weeks surveying treaties, legal issues, case studies and current controversies that impact sacred sites, sacred places and the gathering of plant resources. We will study the National Historic Preservation Act as amended, the American Indian Religious Freedom Act of 1978, and The Native American Cultural Protection and Free Exercise of Religion Act of 1994, as well as study model programs and government-to-government collaboration in management. Our work will incorporate issues of treatment of cultural resources including storage, preservation, interpretation and theory in modern museology. We will interrogate the role of anthropology and archaeology as well as the role of National Parks Service and National Forest Service in the development and definition of the field of cultural resource management.
Students can expect library research projects and weekly written assignments. Tentative book list includes: Sacred Sites, Sacred Rites by Andrea Lee Smith; Guidelines for Evaluating and Documenting Traditional Cultural Properties; Texts of United States Cultural Protection Legislation (including Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act and Executive Order 13007 concerning the protection and preservation of Indian religious practices); and Cultural Resources Archaeology: An Introduction; An abridged student edition of Practicing Archaeology. Seminar books may include: Indians, Fire and the Land in the Pacific Northwest ed. Robert Boyd; Religious Freedom and Indian Rights: The Case of Oregon v. Smith by Carolyn Long; and Native American Spirituality: A Critical Reader, ed. Lee Irwin.
Total: 8 credits for undergraduate students; 4 credits for graduate students.
This program is also listed in Social Science.

Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies 2001 - 2002

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Last Updated: August 25, 2017

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Olympia, Washington 98505

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