Native Pathways Program: Prospering in a Postcolonial World (Tacoma)

Spring 2019
Evening and Weekend
Class Size: 20
Credits per quarter

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Taught by

Kendra Aguilar Square
public administration

In this program we will examine sustainable movements, current sustainable practices, and elements that create surviving sustainability for native/indigenous communities within the contemporary world. This program will tackle the question of what postcolonial means on a personal, community, and world stage. Students will critically analyze sustainable movements and practices in education, health, food sovereignty, social justice, and tribal/indigenous economies. We will explore the concept of decolonization and what that means to indigenous survival and success in the contemporary world. 

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. 

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:

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.

$25 to cover costs of a cultural meal

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: 20

Scheduled for: Evening and Weekend

Final schedule and room assignments:

First meeting:

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 5:30 pm
TAC 206

Located in: Tribal

2019-02-25$25 fee added