Montana State University

MSU adds Indian Law to online Native American Studies courses

November 16, 2009

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Montana State University will offer two online Native American Studies courses in the spring.

A new online course, "Federal Indian Law and Policy" (Native American Studies 530), offers three MSU graduate credits and is offered fully online in the spring. It will trace the history and complexity of Indian law, covering treaties, water rights, natural resource development and tribal businesses.

William Eggers III, a Crow tribal member, attorney and adjunct instructor at Little Big Horn College, Rocky Mountain College and MSU is instructor for the course. Eggers is a former First Assistant United States Attorney, Special Deputy Attorney General and Montana state representative.

MSU will also offer the online course "Native America: Dispelling the Myths" (NAS 550) in the spring. Through readings, videos, online conversations and creative projects, students will wrestle with a series of assumptions commonly held by non-Indians and sometimes Indians alike. The instructors of that course are Kristin Ruppel and Rebecca Wingo, both of MSU's Department of Native American Studies. The course offers three MSU graduate credits.

Both courses run from January through May and are available to anyone with a bachelor's degree. The courses are particularly helpful to Montana teachers who need training to fulfill the state's Indian Education for All mandate. Both courses also apply toward MSU's new online graduate certificate in Native American Studies.

For more information or to enroll in the courses, visit Montana State Online at Select "All Online Courses" and then "Native American Studies."

Janine Hansen, (406) 994-5240,