Kristina Ackley Lab I 1011Ext. 6020 ackleyk@evergreen.edu
Michael (Chixapkaid) PavelLab I 1015Ext. 6134 pavelm@evergreen.edu
Zahid ShariffLab I 3017Ext. 6389 shariffz@evergreen.edu

News and Particulars:

(!) The first class of Sovereignty: Reclaiming Voice and Authority on Tuesday, January 6 is cancelled due to weather.

New! Download the Winter Preview (12k pdf).


The purpose of our program is to identify and contextualize the issues within the framework of sovereignty. The issues of domination and resistance have and continue to mean that sovereignty is experienced locally and played out on the world stage. We might become aware of sovereignty issues when the guns are blazing, buildings collapsing, and people dying. At other times, it is when people participate in elections, speeches are made, treaties signed, councils (elected or hand-picked) are convened, environmental damage is permitted, or an international tribunal tries a corrupt dictator. And on yet other occasions, sovereignty manifests in a community's struggle for political autonomy as well as control over their resources. Not surprisingly, awareness of sovereignty will take us through different disciplines (humanities, Native American studies, history, cultural studies, political science, and law, among others).

Fall quarter we will begin by focusing on the politics of discovery, and the resulting effect it had on other societies. We will then consider how Indigenous communities in North America view sovereignty. Finally, we will examine the new American imperialism and its implications for culture and identity. We will prepare students for Winter quarter, when we will more closely deconstruct the challenges to and strengthening of sovereignty by nationalist indigenous rights movements, global efforts at decolonization, and through art and literature.

All Program and Seminar Schedule:

9am-11:00amAll-Program MeetingLonghouse 1007 & 1007a
1-3pmAckley SeminarLibrary 4004
Pavel SeminarLibrary 1600
Shariff SeminarLab I 1051
10am-1pmAll Program MeetingLibrary 1612
10am-12:00pmAll-Program LectureLonghouse 1007 & 1007a
1-3pmReserved for All-ProgramLecture Hall 4


(all books are on reserve at the library)

Hogan, Linda. The Woman Who Watches over the World: a Native Memoir. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2002

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai. Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples. New York: Zed Books Ltd., 1999.

Alfred, Taiaiake. Peace, Power and Righteousness: an Indigenous Manifesto. Oxford University Press, 1999.

Wilkins, David E. American Indian Politics and the American Political System. New York: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc., 2002.

Spiglitz, Joseph E. Globalization and its Discontents. New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2002

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. New York: Pantheon Books, 1978.

*additional readings will be announced later