Native Pathways Program: Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (Quinault)

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Fall 2017, Winter 2018, and Spring 2018 quarters

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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:

  • Complete or be close to 90 transferable college credits or certified learning to equal 90 credits.
  • Complete an intake packet. To obtain the packet, contact .

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 2017–2018, the theme is Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development . The program equips students with foundational knowledge for working within administrative frameworks in public and governmental structures. Outcomes include an understanding of the theoretical and practical characteristics of public administration and how it specifically relates to tribal administration and governance.

In fall, students are introduced to the major trends and issues in Tribal Administration by comparing and contrasting different approaches to tribal management development and the factors contributing to successful nation building. During winter quarter, students will learn about Ethics for Tribal Vitality, which is an exploration of major ethical theories and their applications to a variety of current issues. Students will explore various Native perspectives on ethics and the ways in which they are manifest in contemporary Native America. Developing analytic skills and critical thinking abilities is a key aspect of this course through, among other things, the analysis of cases studies on current issues in Indian communities. In spring, students will be enrolled in Profiles in Leadership, which explores leadership in both mainstream and tribal contexts; students will examine how political and social forces create leaders and make history.

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 within the program taught at all sites at the same time and with the same readings and assignments, but it 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, and integrated into all teaching and learning at the sites and at Saturday classes. Strands 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.

Internship Opportunities

internships are encouraged

Program Details

Fields of Study

community studies cultural studies government history law and government policy law and public policy leadership studies political science

Preparatory For

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


Fall Open Winter Open Spring Open

Location and Schedule

Campus Location


Time Offered

Evening and Weekend

Advertised Schedule

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

Online Learning

Hybrid Online Learning < 25% Delivered Online Enhanced Online Learning

May be offered again in