Survey of contemporary Native-American people, cultures, and issues. Focus on modern experiences through readings from Native-American autobiographies, contemporary narratives and literature, and reports of important topical issues, e.g., water rights, Indian gaming, treaty law.
This course will cover issues of concern to today's American Indian / Alaska Natives. Topics will include identification, demographics, tribal sovereignty and government relations, treaty rights, education, media representation, cultural appropriations, economic development, and cultural/social issues contemporary American Indian / Alaska Natives face.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Lectures will be designed to provide for student interaction and comments, with select classes reserved for guest speakers, video/film critique, and classroom debates. Besides required textbooks, additional readings will come from periodicals, web sources, and reports on important topical issues.
None required, but familiarity with the history of US-Indian relations can be helpful in classroom discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments include completing readings and participating in classroom discussions, essays on relavent current issues published in the media, one midterm and a final exam, plus a final paper.