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Charlotte Cote
AIS 431
Seattle Campus

History of American Indian Education

Traditional and European-introduced methods of schooling, the federal role in Indian education, and contemporary Indian education issues. Special attention to Indian concepts of learning; boarding school education; the role of the Bureau of Indian Affairs; current trends in bilingual and bicultural education for Indians.

Class description

This course introduces students to Native American/First Nations education in the United States and Canada. We will analyze the historical context in which the education of indigenous people developed, examining federal policies that were instituted in regards to Native American/First Nations education. We will then investigate the ways that Native people have taken control over their education, making it more culturally responsive. We will conclude by analyzing the visions Native people have for educating their future generations as part of the process of self-determination.

This course is intended to give students a comprehensive understanding of Native education from an indigenous perspective especially when we closely explore the impact of the Boarding/Residential School system on Native culture, identity, language, spirituality and social systems.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Lecture, class/small group discussions.

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Take-home essay assignments, short essay in-class assignments.

The basis on which grades are assigned will be discussed the first day of classes.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Charlotte Cote
Date: 11/15/2010