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Ethnic Studies 055
American Indian History from 1900

Description
This course covers contemporary American Indian history, from 1900 to the present, focusing on relations between the United States and American Indians as individuals and tribes. It examines federal policies directed at American Indian issues and tribal responses to these policies. The evolving political status of tribes as sovereign entities forms the core of the course's concerns. Sample topics include citizenship, religious freedom, education, courts and jurisdiction, child welfare, taxation, and economic development.

This course concentrates on the period after 1900 but uses earlier documents (treaties, Presidential addresses, federal policies, and military strategies) to evaluate the contemporary picture. Several of the primary and secondary sources used for this course will use decolonizing methodologies to highlight Indigenous knowledge bases including linguistics traditions, evaluation of Western vs. Indigenous perspectives, and Native political philosophies.

Required Texts
Anti-Indianism in Modern America: A Voice from Tatekeya’s Earth. Cook-Lynn, Elizabeth (2007)

In the Court of the Conqueror: The 10 Worst Indian Law Cases Ever Decided. Echo-Hawk, Walter R. (2010)

Peace, Power and Righteousness: An Indigenous Manifesto. Taiaiake Alfred (1999)

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Course Requirements
Attendance and participation (10%)
Analytic review (5%)
Annotated bibliography (5%)
Mid-term examination (25%)
Research paper (25%)
Final examination (30%)

Course offered Fall 2014

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