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Courses in Native American Studies in NE

Associate of Arts Native American Studies

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.

NASP 1010 INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES (3)

This course examines major issues facing Native Americans today. Focus will be on the analysis of issues in light of tribal efforts toward self-determination. (Previously known as NAS 101)

NASP 1020 CULTURES & PEOPLES OF NATIVE AMERICA (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 103)

NASP 1030 NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY TO 1890 (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 200)

NASP 1040 NATIVE AMERICAN HISTORY SINCE 1890 (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 201)

NASP 1050 NATIVE AMERICAN PERSPECTIVES IN PHILOSOPHY (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 250)

NASP 1060 ISSUES IN NATIVE AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGY (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 280)

NASP 1070 NATIVE AMERICAN GENEALOGY RESEARCH (3)

This course provides the backgrounds, rationales, and importance of Native American genealogies; as a “hands-on” research-based course utilizing historical records providing valuable source materials such as tribal census rolls, enrollments, allotment records, treaty provisions, and necessary federal legislation through internet research; including all other resources such as birth, death, marriage, and baptism records located in various counties, states, and tribes, etc.  Archival research includes internet sources, as well as archival research methodologies in the care, recording, locating, retrieving of family genealogies.  In addition, field trips are included as part of research methodology resulting in development of personal family genealogies using students’ skills and knowledge.  (Previously known as NAS 205)

NASP 1080 NATIVE AMERICAN EDUCATION (3)

An overview of traditional education practices as well as early missionary and Federal schooling efforts. Major legislation and contemporary trends will be addressed. (Previously known as NAS 212)

NASP 1090 NATIVE AMERICAN ARTS (3)

This course provides an examination and comparative study of Native American art forms including historic, traditional and contemporary forms. (Previously known as NAS 104)

NASP 1100 NATIVE AMERICAN MUSIC (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 130)

NASP 1130 NATIVE AMERICAN MYTHOLOGY (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 155)

NASP 1140 NATIVE AMERICAN SPIRITUALITY (3)

A comparative examination of world views of Native Americans and Western Euro-Americans clashing with the spirituality as expressed by American Indians as a “way of life” as opposed to “religions”.  The course examines the traditional belief systems of spiritual expression through the practices and acceptance of dreams, visions, and ceremonies in order to live a life of balance and harmony.  Synchronicity and adaptation to western religions as distinctive Native American forms of Christianity are studied in this course. (Previously known as NAS 205)

NASP 1410 OMAHA LANGUAGE I (4)

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. (Previously known as NAS 110)

NASP 1420 OMAHA LANGUAGE II (4)

This is a continuation of the Omaha I, with more intense development of vocabulary and grammar. Continues discussion of Omaha cultural traditions. (Previously known as NAS 111) *Prerequisite: NASP 1410 or permission of instructor

NASP 1510 DAKOTA LANGUAGE I (4)

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 (Previously known as NAS 120)

NASP 1520 DAKOTA LANGUAGE II (4)

This is a continuation of Dakota I, with more intense development of vocabulary and grammar. Continues discussion of Dakota cultural traditions. (Previously known as NAS 121) *Prerequisite: NASP 1510 or permission of instructor

NASP 2110 NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 245)

NASP 2120 ORAL HISTORY IN TRIBAL TRADITION (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 206)

NASP 2200 SANTEE DAKOTA TRIBAL HISTORY (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 202)

NASP 2210 OMAHA TRIBAL HISTORY (3)

This course is a study of the history and background of the Umonhon People beginning with the proto-history of origin stories including retracing the footprint of earlier movements; the history of early contact with European fur traders and explorers, encountering treaties, removal, and the reservation system.  The course examines the present impact of continued loss of land, cultural and language erosion, in addition to challenging particular treaty stipulations, federal legislation such as P.L. 280, and case law such as Blackbird Bend and Nebraska v. Parker decisions.  (Previously known as NAS 206)

NASP 2220 PONCA TRIBAL HISTORY (3)

This course examines Ponca history including the forced move to Indian Territory and the perilous return to their homelands in Nebraska. (Previously known as NAS 203)

NASP 2230 DAKOTA CULTURE AND TRADITION (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 222)

NASP 2240 OMAHA CULTURE AND TRADITION (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 244)

NASP 2300 TRIBAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 213)

NASP 2310 FEDERAL INDIAN POLICY (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 215)

NASP 2320 FEDERAL INDIAN LAW (3)

A brief overview and introduction to that particular complex body of law pertaining specifically to American Indians rooted in tribal, federal, and state relationships; including treaties (a political relationship), case law, and federal legislation.  Students will examine the evolving definition of tribal sovereignty resulting from case law such as the Marshall Trilogy and other federal legislation in the development of tribal/state/federal jurisdiction, civil and criminal law, taxation issues, the federal trust responsibility, the legal system, etc.  The course introduces the role and function of the three branches of government with particular attention to the Supreme Court.  Students will use online research skills to locate federal Indian legal information.  (Previously known as NAS 216)

NASP 2330 TRIBAL MANAGEMENT (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 220)

NASP 2340 GRANT WRITING IN TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT (3)

This course introduces the student to the process of gathering 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). (Previously known as NAS 210)

NASP 2350 GRANT WRITING IN TRIBAL DEVELOPMENT II (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 211) *Prerequisite: NASP 2350 Grant Writing in Tribal Development I. Recommended: INFO 1010 Intro to Computers.

NASP 2430 OMAHA LANGUAGE III (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 253) *Prerequisite: NASP 1420 or equivalent experience

NASP 2440 OMAHA LANGUAGE IV (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 254) *Prerequisite: NASP 2430 or equivalent experience

NASP 2530 DAKOTA LANGUAGE III (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 251) *Prerequisite: NASP 1520 or equivalent experience

NASP 2540 DAKOTA LANGUAGE IV (3)

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. (Previously known as NAS 252) *Prerequisite: NASP 2530 or equivalent experience

NASP 2900 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

(Previously known as NAS 290)

NASP 2990 INTERNSHIP (1-4)

Internship