Explores the history, political economy, and epidemiology of American Indian health issues in the United States. Examines the effects of the pandemics brought by the European conquest, the changing Native views and practices in health, the Federal government's practical and legal assumption of responsibility for Native health, and the development of the administration and organization for Native health. Considers modern health issues ranging from diabetes to domestic violence, and the policy responses to them.
Surveys current research and perspectives on contemporary American Indian issues. Utilizes a seminar approach in which each student will prepare summaries of books and articles to be distributed to the other class members. Includes identity, political activism, historiography, health, political and cultural issues.
Explores special topics in American Indian Studies and related subjects. Examples of special topics may include health, specific tribal communities, education, political issues, the humanities in Native culture, economic and community development, comparative studies, social science perspectives, or other areas of student and faculty interest. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.