The emphasis of this program is on indigenous sovereignty and decolonization, with topics in tribal law, food sovereignty, cultural appropriation, local and global tribal/indigenous social movements, and tribal economics. We will survey the history of fighting for indigenous sovereign rights (inherent and acquired) of tribes/nations in North America, Canada, and South America. Students will study in-depth the Coast and Interior Salish peoples and their specific battles for sovereignty. Through an indigenous lens, students will examine and articulate what sovereignty is, and is not, and understand and analyze the complexities of the western framework sovereignty operates within. Deriving a holistic learning about sovereignty includes the cultural lens, and by using the medicine wheel teaching method of spirit, body, intellect, and emotional, student will create praxis of sovereignty - theory and practice.
This program teaches from a Native-based perspective within the context of the larger global society and is designed for students who have social, cultural, or economic ties to tribes. The curriculum addresses three themes that rotate yearly. For 2018-2019, the theme is Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations.
The program is taught at all sites at the same time with the same readings and assignments, but allows for faculty/student innovation and site specification. Integrated Skills, including critical thinking and analysis, research and writing, public speaking, collaboration, personal authority, and indigenous knowledge, are taught across the curriculum, integrated into all teaching and learning at the sites and at weekends classes.
New students accepted in winter and spring. 12 credits allowed without signature. Signature required for 13 to 16 credits, variable credit.
This program is designed for students with strong social, cultural or economic ties to local tribal communities, on or off Indian reservations. TO be formally admitted to the Native Pathways Program, prospective students must meet the following criteria:
- Have 90 transferable college credits or the equivalent when entering teh program.
- Complete an intake form. To obtain the form, contact firstname.lastname@example.org .
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public administration, political science, social sciences, human services, education, law, and tribal administration and government.
Internships are encouraged. Students pursuing this option must complete an in-program Internship Learning Contract in consultation with the faculty and Academic Advising. Please go to Individual Study for more information.
Students attend classes at the tribal sites and four Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse.