Montana State University

Online Native American Studies course focuses on indigenous tribes of Montana

August 17, 2010

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Montana State University will offer two online graduate courses in Native American Studies beginning Aug. 30.

"Indigenous Nations of Montana" (Native American Studies 552) traces the history and complexity of Indian law, covering treaties, water rights, natural resource development and tribal businesses. The course offers three MSU graduate credits and is offered fully online.

Instructor Shane Doyle is a member of the Crow Tribe who hails from Crow Agency. He has 11 years of teaching experience in Montana. Most recently he worked with dozens of schools throughout southwest Montana to help implement Indian Education for All. For more information about the course, contact Doyle at

"American Indian Art Survey" (NAS 551) will also be offered this fall. The course will explore the functions and purposes of the visual arts of North American indigenous peoples by culture area, in both the past and the present. The course will look at the overlapping contexts of culture area politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality and gender. The instructor is Ceilon Asepenson. The course can be taken for three MSU graduate credits.

Both courses run from Aug. 30 through December and are available to anyone with a bachelor's degree.

The courses may be 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,