Provides an overview of modern and historical American Indian communities in the United States. Explores political and historical issues of major tribes and Indian communities by region. Provides students with information and perspectives on key social and cultural issues: spirituality, relations with the Federal government, notable individuals, art, literature, dance, media, health, education and activism.
Investigates the history of Utah's five principal cultural groups from the pre-Columbian period to the present. Considers how economic processes, cross-cultural influences, and changing Federal and State policies have shaped American Indian communities and individuals in and around Utah. Examines how identity and culture in native communities have been defined and redefined through the processes of migration (both native and non-native), conquest, assimilation efforts, and cultural persistence.
Discusses the Federal Indian Policies that dictated the educational philosophies and practices of native people. Offers a historic overview of Indian education from first contact with European settlers through contemporary American Indian/Alaskan Native education. Examines the effects of Federal Indian Policies related to the use of boarding schools and the long-term effects the experience had on Native students.
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.
Introduces students to the important and unique body of law known as American Indian Law. Covers the history of federal Indian law and policy; the federal-tribal relationship; tribal sovereignty and self-government; state authority in Indian country; Indian religion and culture; concepts of property in Indian law; and hunting, fishing, and water rights.
Examines American Indian law in treaties, statutes, case law, regulations, and executive orders. Analyzes various policy approaches to the federal trust relationship, tribal sovereignty over internal affairs, civil jurisdiction over tribal lands, management of natural resources of tribal lands, and cultural preservation. Studies the traditional and modern forms of various Indian tribal governments.
Examines evidence of the first Americans, origins of agriculture, and development of cultures and civilizations in North, Central, and South America. Surveys the most recent archaeological research on major American societies, emphasizing the balance between Native and Euro-American perspectives on history and science. Examines the effects of the European conquest of the Americas on Native populations and cultures, and on global historical processes.
Surveys the histories of native communities of the Great Plains. Emphasizes geopolitical relations of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries and the conditions of resistance to conquest. Highlights the identification and use of primary sources, both for scholarly activity and making sources available to native peoples.
Surveys the cultural geography and social institutions of Indians of the American Southwest and their antecedents. Compares Southwestern Indian cultures and other social groups in the United States. Focuses on historic and contemporary relations among Indian cultures and with the United States federal and state governments.
Surveys American Indian history from the Wounded Knee Massacre of 1891 to the present. Examines how American Indians shifted from armed conflict to the employment of legal and political strategies for achieving self-determination.
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.