2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Reservation-Based/Community-Determined: Integrating Change in a Communal Society

Last Updated: 06/08/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Michelle Aguilar-Wells public administration, Gina Corpuz education, Mark Ferguson Muckleshoot, Dorothy Flaherty Quinault, Renee Swan-Waite Tulalip, Cindy Marchand-Cecil psychology, social work

Faculty Signature Required: New students must submit an intake interview form, signed by the program director. No signature is required for students continuing in the program from the previous year. To obtain the intake interview form and make an appointment, contact Michelle Aguilar-Wells, (360) 867-6286 or aguilarm@evergreen.edu

Major areas of study include indigenous culture and knowledge, Native American history, political science, critical thinking, economics, technology, writing, art, management and ethics.

Class Standing: Juniors or seniors; transfer students welcome.

Prerequisites: Students must have family or professional ties to tribal communities and/or one of the reservation sites. Faculty signature required.

The Reservation-Based/Community-Determined program is a regular, ongoing offering designed specifically for place-bound students at several reservation sites including Muckleshoot, Nisqually, Port Gamble, Quinault, Skokomish, and Lower Elwha. Students meet each week at their respective sites to build and sustain a learning community on the reservation. In addition, students from all sites meet regularly for Saturday classes at the "House of Welcome," the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, on The Evergreen State College campus. Tribes help to design the curriculum by considering those topics and skills that an educated member of an Indian tribe needs in order to contribute to his/her community. The interdisciplinary approach allows students to participate in seminars, and do participatory research while also studying in their individual academic areas of interest. The 08/09 academic year theme is Integrating Change in a Communal Society.

Students will engage in work that allows them to study change and leadership in all of its manifestations from around the world and in Indian communities, specifically their own. The program content will focus on areas of study that include political science, literature, economics, ethics, spirituality and the influence of change on traditions and society.

Credits: 12 or 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 75

Internship Possibilities: With faculty approval.

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: Travel expenses to The Evergreen State College campus four times each quarter.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in human services, tribal government/administration, cultural studies and education.

Planning Units: Native American and World Indigenous Peoples' Studies