American Indian Treaties: Historical and Contemporary Analysis

Fall 2022
Native Pathways - Olympia
Freshman - Senior
Class Size: 25
4 Credits per quarter
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American Indian Treaties: Historical and Contemporary Analysis

“American Indian Treaties: Historical and Contemporary Analysis” is a 4-credit course designed for students to explore the historical inception of treaties between American Indian Tribes and the United States federal government. Students will be guided through the basic foundations of the historic treaty-making process with Tribes while studying how the treaties have been used to the detriment of Tribes and the modern legal and political interpretation of the treaties. It will examine how these treaties functioned both in the past and how they continue to form the basis for asserting Tribal sovereignty today. The course will also examine Indigenous perspectives of these matters to articulate the continuing political agency of Indigenous Peoples in what is now the United States that has existed since time immemorial. Students in this course will utilize digital tools such as textual analysis and mapping applications to analyze treaties and related documents to better grasp the patterns and meanings behind these documents through visualization so as to develop novel interpretations. This course is being offered hybrid with an in-person component and remotely (synchronous and asynchronous work). Students who want to attend remotely only will need to get in touch with the faculty. Assignments and activities include weekly class seminars, discussion forums, in-class workshops (or on Canvas for remote), a final analytical essay examining an American Indian Treaty of student's choice. Credit equivalencies: 2 History, 1 Federal Indian Policy, 1 Native American and Indigenous Studies.






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(4): 10312

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First Meeting Time: September 28th

*Students who want to attend remotely only will need to get in touch with the faculty.

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Native Pathways - Olympia


Date Revision
2022-04-15 Proposed