Announcement from the Department of American Indian Studies
SLN 10222 RSCH INDGENOUS STDY I&S 5 credits
INTERRUPTING THE ONGOING PSYCHOLOGICAL COLONIZATION
OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLE
Historical practices mandated the cultural assimilation and colonization of North American Indigenous peoples, but according to both Indigenous and non-Indigenous scholars, the inevitable legacy of colonialism is likely to influence every aspect of the lives of the subjugated persons for eternity. This course will examine 1) the foundations of psychological colonization and 2) how understanding these foundations can provide a roadmap for ameliorating the ongoing disruptions to self and identity development, families, education, and the future development of tribal communities. Theoretical and empirical evidence will be drawn from the experiences of indigenous communities in the U.S. and Canada, and at times from other colonized groups from around the world. A central issues throughout the course is whether and how the techniques and technologies of contemporary psychology should be appropriately adapted and/or adopted for use in Indigenous cultural communities. This course is designed for upper-level students who have had at least one course in American Indian Studies.
SLN 23665 AMER IND & THE LAW I&S,DIV 5 CR
How do indigenous peoples organize themselves to achieve development? Is it to do with money? Is it to do with culture? Is it to do with identity? Is it to do with the environment? Actually, what is development for indigenous peoples?
AIS 275, URBAN INDIANS, 5 credits
SLN 10216 INTR INDGENOUS STDY I&S
This course will cover issues of concern to today’s urban American Indian/Alaska Natives. Topics will include ancient cities in the Americas, reasons Natives relocated to modern day cities and examine the cultural, social, economic and political outcomes of such a migration. Students will take an in-depth look into the contemporary Indian identity, issues encountered by Indians in the urban setting and the resulting outcomes as demonstrated in major metropolitan cities: Indian organizations; federal programs; pan-Indian identities; healthcare; social/Indian child welfare, urbanization of traditional homelands, and cultural survival/resilience.