Native American Studies Courses offered at NICC
Designed to provide students with a foundation in Native American issues and concerns with a special emphasis on Isanti (Dakota) and Umonhon (Omaha) cultures, as well as increasing knowledge base about the reservations and tribal governance. NAS majors select from one of two areas of concentration: History and Traditional Culture or Contemporary Tribal Leadership.
Formerly BIO 104
This is a survey course to introduce students to the various disciplines in the natural resources area. Discussion of conservation history and certain environmental problems.
This is a survey of the archeology, languages, religions, technologies, achievements and cultural developments of native North American people from their earliest history in the Americas to the present. This course closely examines social and cultural change issues.
This course provides an examination and comparative study of Native American art forms including historic, traditional and contemporary forms.
This is a beginning course, which will introduce students to the basic structure, grammar and phonetics of the Omaha language. Also discussion of Omaha cultural tradition.
This is a continuation of the Omaha I, with more intense development of vocabulary and grammar. Continues discussion of Omaha cultural traditions. Prerequisite: NAS 110 or permission of instructor.
This is a beginning course, which will introduce students to the basic structure, grammar and phonetics of the Dakota language. Also discussion of Dakota cultural tradition
This is a continuation of Dakota I, with more intense development of vocabulary and grammar. Continues discussion of Dakota cultural traditions. Prerequisite: NAS 120 or permission of instructor.
This course is a study of contemporary and traditional tribal specific music. Emphasis will be placed on particular types of songs and their significance in tribal history.
This is a study of the mythology of Native Americans: origins, symbolism and tribal variations. The oral tradition in creation, trickster, and hero stories of indigenous people is emphasized.
This is a study of events, personalities and trends in Native American history to 1890. The interaction between native peoples and European colonists and immigrants is closely examined.
This course is a comprehensive study of Native Americans since 1890. Trends in U.S. policy and Native movements to regain new forms of sovereignty are examined.
This is a study of tribal history up to and including the present based on materials from government archives, agency and tribal records as well as from more traditional community sources.
This course examines Ponca history including the forced move to Indian Territory and the perilous return to their homelands in Nebraska.
This course is a study of the Omaha people and the events which have led to contemporary political and economic conditions. Content is based on materials from government archives, agency and tribal records as well as from more traditional community sources.
This course is a comparative introduction the worldviews, ritual practices, and spirituality of Native Americans. Course will examine traditional tribal religions, syncretism and revitalization movements prompted by contact with European-Americans (such as the Ghost Dance and Native American Church) and distinctive American Indian forms of Christianity.
Students will collect various kinds of material (video, audio, written) from local people then organize and formulate the collected material into a cohesive whole for use by oral historians, researchers and future classes. This course prepares students to do fieldwork on their own.
This is a course in which students will learn about the genealogy to Native American Indian history, culture, and family. Students of any ancestry or background will gain value in learning about a central aspect of Native American culture, and in doing research that is geared toward either their own family genealogy or the researching of the genealogies of public figures, or historical figures. Students will be guided through a research process and set of research methodologies for vital statistics, land, tax, census, historical material and online resources. Students will also learn family genealogies of their descendants. By completion of the semester, students will be expected to assemble a genealogy and family history.
This course introduces the student to the process of fathering information and writing that is essential for successful grant proposal writing. Students will become acquainted with the expectations that many grant sources communicate through “requests for proposals” (RFPs).
Grant Writing for Tribal Development II gives students the opportunity to write “real” grants using skills and knowledge gained from NAS 210. Students should be computer literate and able to navigate successfully on-line. Students will be required to locate, download, print and be prepared to “submit” completed grant in class. Pre-requisite: NAS 210 Grant Writing in Tribal Development I. Recommended: CA 104 Intro to Computers
An overview of traditional education practices as well as early missionary and Federal schooling efforts. Major legislation and contemporary trends will be addressed.
This course will review the history of traditional forms of Native American self-government as well as the development of contemporary forms including a close look at the Indian Reorganization Act and tribal constitutions. (Satisfies Gen. Ed. requirement)
An examination of the development of U.S. Government policies toward and about Native Americans and a study of the philosophies behind the policies. A close look at the impact of those policies is central to the reading and discussion of this course.
This course provides a brief overview of Indian policy as a background to the field of Indian law, studies various components of Indian law, such as civil and criminal jurisdiction, treaty rights, federal trust responsibility, tribal judicial systems, tribal sovereignty, taxation and regulation, freedom of religion and Indian Child Welfare Act. Experience in reading cases and statutes is helpful.
A look at the ways in which managerial styles affect and enhance the development of both the organization and the workers supervised. Issues of financial management unique to tribal organizations are also studied. Contemporary theories, principles and practices of management and supervisions relevant to tribal organizations will be presented.
This course serves as an examination of the traditional culture of the Santee Dakota people in the context of the larger Oyate (Nation) of the Seven Council Fires.
This course serves as an examination of the traditional culture of the Omaha people in the context of the historic and contemporary life of the Omaha Nation.
The study of literary forms utilized by Native American authors. Emphasis will be placed upon the writers' points of view, the structure of their literary techniques, and the contribution of Native American writers to American Literature.
Course examines the traditional understanding of various Native American peoples. Includes comparisons of traditional tribal cultural understandings regarding origin and nature of the world, values and ways of life.
This course will continue to focus on the development of conversational skills in the Dakota language. Students will continue to develop and strengthen pronunciation skills and an understanding of the structure of the language while increasing Dakota vocabulary. Students will develop and strengthen reading and writing skills in Dakota. Translation of text and documents as well as public speaking skills will be introduced to students.
Prerequisites: NAS 121 or equivalent experience.
Use of advanced grammatical patterns and conversational skills in the Dakota language are emphasized with a focus on conversational fluency. Increasingly complex vocabulary items and contextual use of language are examined. Prerequisites: NAS 251 or equivalent experience.
This course will continue to focus on the development of conversational skills in the Omaha language. Students will continue to develop and strengthen pronunciation skills and an understanding of the structure of the language while increasing vocabulary. Students will develop and strengthen reading and writing skills in Omaha. Translation of text and documents as well as public speaking skills will be introduced to students.
Prerequisites: NAS 111 or equivalent experience
Use of advanced grammatical patterns and conversational skills in the Omaha language are emphasized with a focus on conversational fluency. Increasingly complex vocabulary items and contextual use of language are examined.
Prerequisites: NAS 253 or equivalent experience
Examines the social relationships with women and men, cultural values, changes, traditions, expectations, leadership and family roles of Native American women. Historic and contemporary issues will be the focus.
The roles available to Native American men have changed in recent generations. In many tribal communities men are re-examining their roles as relatives and members of families, cultural and economic leaders, artists and poets. This course will explore many of the roles, options and realities.
An introduction to the understanding of Native American psychology. Issues of cultural identity, gender roles and expectations, the impact of Euro-American colonialism, the impact of the boarding school system, family violence, and changes in parenting styles and values and chemical dependency will be examined. A collection of relevant readings that apply to these issues will serve as the texts for this focused study.
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