Native American and Indigenous Programs

A combination of academic and public service programs that embrace Indigenous knowledge as a field of interconnected study.

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You will be immersed in unique programs founded upon Evergreen’s visionary leadership and tribal relationships throughout the Americas and the Pacific Rim. You will learn about the global effects of colonialism and explore enduring cultural and artistic ways of knowing. Programs are offered on the main campus, in evening and weekend studies, and through the Native Pathways program. Our partnership with s'gʷi gʷi ʔ altxʷ: House of Welcome (the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center) offers you unique opportunities to work in the Fiber Arts Studio, the Carving Studio, and various workshops. Culturally relevant curriculum is grounded in student-centered learning and empower learning across cultural differences.

Path of study is highly interdisciplinary, comprised of diverse teaching philosophies and research methodologies to prepare you for graduate studies or to work in a variety of fields within tribes, the public and private sector:

  • Government
  • Indigenous Visual Arts
  • Indigenous Research
  • Education
  • Community-based learning
  • Environmental Policy & Natural Resources
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty Studies
  • Ethical writing and research
  • Human Services
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Indigenous Literature
  • Public Administration
2019 Native Pathways Graduation

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    This Path can prepare you for careers in

    • Government
    • Tribal governance
    • Indigenous visual arts
    • Research and writing
    • Education
    • Social and human services
    • Environmental policy and natural resources
    • Public administration
    • Law
    • Tribal community non-profit administration

    Graduate school opportunities beyond this Path

    • Master's in Teaching
    • Master's in Education
    • Master's in Public Administration
    • Master's in Fine Arts
    • Law
    • Native American, American Indian, and critical Indigenous studies
    • Humanities and social sciences (Literature, History, Sociology, Political Science)
    • Social Work
    Faculty on this Path
    Title Expertise
    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
    Catalog Offerings for 2021-22
    Title Paths Class Standing Credits
    American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 16
    American Frontiers: Southwest Field Studies
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16
    Creative Writing: "Savage Conversations"
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Critical Indigenous Studies (CIS): Rooted, Legacies of Food Justice
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Foundational Studio Projects in the Visual Arts
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    14
    Indigenous Storytelling: Cultural Political Performance
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    8, 12, 16
    Native Digital Design: Layout and Typography
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    4
    Native Pathways Program: Tribalography (Olympia)
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    12
    Tradition and Innovation: Northwest Coast Indigenous Digital Design and Printmaking
    • Freshman
    • Sophomore
    • Junior
    • Senior
    16

    Programs planned 2021-25

    Foundational

    • Introduction to Environmental Studies
    • Catastrophe: Community Resilience in the Face of Disaster
    • American Frontiers: Homelands and Borderlands
    • Reality Check: Indian Images and (Mis)Representations
    • Even When Erased We Exist: Native American Women Standing Strong for Justice
    • Place, Memory, Narrative: Northwest Coast Native Art and Literature
    • Indigenous People and the Pacific World
    • Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry (4 credit course)
    • Critical Indigenous Studies I and II (4 credit courses)

    Advanced

    • Conceptualizing Place: Pacific Northwest Native Art and Geographies
    • Art as Archive: Indigenous Material Culture
    • Language and Power
    • Indigenous Storytelling as Resistance
    • Thinking In Indian: Democracy, Civic Engagement, Resistance
    • Filming Stories of the Land
    • Native Pathways Program
    • Critical Indigenous Studies III (4 credit course)

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