Native Pathways Program: Local to Global: Protecting Sovereignty and Sustainable Futures (Olympia)

Fall 2018
Winter 2019
Spring 2019
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 12
Credits per quarter

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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 fall focus will be sovereignty and Indian law. In winter, the program will emphasize leadership. Spring quarter's topic will be reclaiming, protecting, and practicing sustainability.

The five curricular elements of the program are Core Course, Integrated Skills, Strands, Integrated Seminar, and Independent Study. The Core Course is a 9-credit unit 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 Saturday classes. Strands, another element, are 2-credit courses taught on four Saturdays per quarter; these allow for breadth in the program and make it possible to invite professionals and experts in specific fields to offer courses that otherwise might not be available to students in the program. The Integrated Seminar, Battlegrounds , held on the same four Saturdays as the Strands, is a 1-credit workshop generally built around Native case studies. The program also includes student-initiated work through independent study.

This offering will prepare you for careers and advanced study in:

public administration, political science, social sciences, human services, education, law, and tribal administration and government.


Credits per quarter


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 teh form, contact .
Online learning:
  • Enhanced Online Learning - This offering requires access to web-based tools, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.
Internship Opportunities:

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.

Class Standing: Junior–Senior
Class Size: 12

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - 6:00 pm
LH CLASSROOM 5 - Purce Hall 5 - Classroom

Advertised schedule:

Students attend classes at the tribal sites and four Saturdays per quarter at the Longhouse.


Located in: Tribal

2018-08-24Please see new quarter specific Native Pathways Program catalog listing
2018-08-02Title updated: Was Foundations for Sustainable Tribal Nations and is now Local to Global: Protecting Sovereignty and Sustainable Futures