2011-12 Catalog

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Offering Description

Defending Mother Earth: Science, Energy and Native Peoples


Spring 2012 quarter

Frances V. Rains Native American studies, history, women's studies , Rebecca Sunderman physical and inorganic chemistry
Fields of Study
Native American studies, chemistry, physics and writing
Preparatory for studies or careers in
chemistry, physics, Native American studies, environmentally-related fields and science education.

This program brings together a variety of climate and energy issues occurring on Native American homelands. Students will explore the science and ethics of energy production and consumption, the environmental impacts of energy, and topics in alternative energy. For example, we will investigate the impacts of hydro-power on Native communities and cultures, while learning the science associated with this energy source. Students will also examine contemporary Native American struggles to resist cultural and environmental devastation to their communities, and their efforts to affirm tribal sovereignty and Indigenous knowledge. A solid understanding of these issues requires background in both the science of energy and knowledge of Native American Tribal sovereignty. We will approach our learning through a variety of modes, including hands-on labs, lectures, workshops, field trips, group work, research papers, and weekly seminars on a variety of related topics.

Online Learning
Enhanced Online Learning
Greener Store
Required Fees
$80 for fall quarter field trips.
Offered During

Program Revisions

Date Revision
March 6th, 2012 Enrollment lowered to 40.