Native Studies is not a place to study Indians, but rather a place to study the world from a Native perspective. —Mary Ellen Hillaire (Lummi)
Native American and Indigenous Studies
In programs on the Native American and Indigenous Studies Path, you’ll learn to pull from your lived experiences to cultivate your voice and gain skills that will set you up for success after college.
Get involved with Evergreen’s visionary Native leadership and tribal relationships through the Americas, the Pacific Rim, and the world. Learn about the effects of colonialism and decolonization and explore enduring Indigenous ways of knowing.
Programs on this Path are open to all Evergreen students with an interest in Native and Indigenous Studies. This Path addresses responsibilities and protocols for non-Native students to follow.
You can get involved in the Indigenous arts at Evergreen’s the s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ: House of Welcome Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, the fiber arts studio, the carving studio, and more on the Indigenous Arts Campus.
Native Pathways Program (NPP)
Some offerings on this Path are part of the Native Pathways Program. NPP is built on positive mentorship, academic rigor, community service, and Indigenous empowerment. Programs are hosted at different sites across western Washington, including at Evergreen’s Olympia and Tacoma campuses.
NPP course offerings span subjects from creative writing to environmental history and much more, but always through a lens that honors Indigenous knowledge and culture.
Highlights of this Path
Rigorous, flexible, dynamic learning
Programs on this Path are offered on the Olympia campus during daytime, evenings, and weekends. Native Pathways Programs also offer classes at various locations throughout Western Washington.
Whether you’re working during school or committing to your studies fulltime, you can create an academic curriculum and schedule that works for you.
This Path offers flexible options for both in-person and online learning.
Indigenous Arts Campus
The Indigenous Arts Campus is a one-of-a-kind resource. The campus includes s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ: House of Welcome Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, a fiber arts studio, and a carving studio.
With these facilities and the amazing faculty and staff on this Path, you’ll learn about Indigenous arts and cultures, craft your own works, and expand your understanding of Indigenous histories and cultures.
Comprehensive Indigenous studies
You’ll get to focus your studies through a Native lens. You can study treaty relationships, the global effects of colonialism and decolonization, tribal law, the diversity of Indigenous communities, cultural preservation efforts, and much more.
Programs on this Path are rigorous and comprehensive. You’ll gain skills in:
- Critical thinking
- Cultural competency
- Independent research
- Quantitative reasoning
- and more
Build lasting connections
Programs on this Path put you in close collaboration with your peers. A student-centered community will drive you forward, support you as you pursue your passions, and help you make real connections that will last far beyond college.
You’ll also have opportunities to work with Indigenous tribes throughout the region that connect with Evergreen on a regular basis, giving you the chance to learn from and work with them as a student.
This Path gives you lots of opportunities to make a difference in the community. Many students find internships or volunteer work through the Center for Community-Based Learning and Action (CCBLA). You can also work with the Center for Climate Action and Sustainability to support climate work with Indigenous nations.
Eyes on the future
Faculty and staff are deeply invested in your future and helping you pursue what you’re most passionate about. Whether you’re interested in education, environmental studies, natural resource management, tribal law, or anything else related to this Path, you’ll find the freedom and support you need to pursue your goals after graduation.
This Path is also excellent preparation for the Tribal Governance concentration of Evergreen’s Master of Public Administration program.
This Path can prepare you for careers in
- Community-based learning
- Environmental policy and natural resources
- Ethical writing and research
- Ethnic studies
- Human services
- Indigenous food sovereignty studies
- Indigenous literature
- Indigenous research
- Indigenous visual arts
- Public administration
Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path
- Fine Arts
- Humanities and social sciences
- Native American, American Indian, and critical Indigenous studies
- Public Administration
- Social Work
|Ackley, Kristina||Native American studies|
|Aguilar-Wells, Michelle||public administration, Native American studies, art|
|Eloheimo, Marja||Ethnobotany, Indigenous Studies, Climate Justice|
|Grossman, Zoltan||geography, Native American studies|
|McCarty, Alexander||3D studio art|
|Peterson, Gary||social work|
|Peterson, Yvonne||education, Native American studies, political science|
|Rains, Frances V.||Native American studies, history, women's studies|