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Department of Native American Studies

Montana State University
P.O. Box 172340
Bozeman, MT 59717-2340

Tel: (406) 994-3881
Fax: (406) 994-3343
E-mail: NAS@montana.edu
Location: 2-179 Wilson Hall

Department Chair

Walter Fleming

 

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Online Graduate Certificate Program Courses

SPRING 2011:

NAS 530z: Federal Indian Law and Policy / Instructor: William J. Eggers III, LLB, JD
January 12 - May 6, 2011 / 3 graduate credits / $790.05
For detailed information, and to enroll: MSU Extended University / NAS 530
Course Description:
Indian law comprises of a collection of Supreme Court decisions, federal laws and policies which are completely separate and distinguishable from non-Indian Federal/ state laws and policies. Indian laws and policies evolved out of legal fictions, reactions to historical events, fear, discrimination, the impact of Manifest Destiny, greed and power politics. Treaties, termination, assimilation, self determination, criminal prosecution, water rights, health services, development of natural resources and tribal businesses continue to be hot topics for contemporary Indians, tribes and non-Indian supporters and competitors. This course traces the history of Indian law from the Constitution to present day. What are the legal rights of the modern day Indian? What are the legal rights of “domestic dependent nations (tribes)”? This is a course with answers to those questions and more.
Instructor: William J. Eggers III.
UC Berkeley, BA. Hastings Law School, LLB, JD. Formerly First Assistant United States Attorney, Special Deputy Attorney General, Montana State Representative, trial lawyer private practice general civil litigation. Adjunct instructor (Indian Law, business law, political science) Little Big Horn College, Montana State University, Rocky Mountain College. Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the World. Flemming Fellow. Crow tribal member.

NAS 550z: Native America: Dispelling the Myth / Instructor: Ms. Rebecca Wingo, MA
January 12 - May 6, 2011 / 3 graduate credits / $790.05

For detailed information, and to enroll: MSU Extended University / NAS 550
Course Description: This course is designed around a series of assumptions—“myths”—commonly held by non-Indians and sometimes Indians alike. When unexamined, these assumptions undermine our ability to communicate across cultures, and ultimately form the basis for some of the worst forms of racism and stereotyping, even between neighbors. Students enrolled in this course will be asked to explore a different myth and its corresponding truths each week. Through assigned readings and videos, online conversations with fellow students, and creative projects, we will wrestle with these preconceptions while learning the most basic elements of American Indian—which is to say American—history. Teachers who need training to fulfill Montana's Indian Education for All mandate will especially benefit from taking this course.
Instructor: Rebecca Wingo: Rebecca Wingo earned an MA from the MSU Department of Native American Studies in Spring '08. Her thesis focused on Indian gaming in Montana. She currently works as a curator, interpreter, and educator for the Museum of the Rockies, Bozeman; and guest lectures in NAS classes at MSU.

SUMMER 2011: None

FALL 2011:

NAS 552z: Indigenous Nations of Montana/ Instructor: TBA
August 29 - December 16, 2011 / 3 graduate credits / $790.05
For detailed information, and to enroll: MSU Extended University / NAS 552
Course Description: Explores both the traditional culture and history of each of Montana's tribes, as well as contemporary topics and issues regarding each tribe. The prehistory of montana, and inter-trbl, and tribal/state issues are addressed in summary. This course is complimented with extensive text, graphic, audio, and video links to supplement instruction.
Instructor: TBA

NAS 551z: American Indian Art Survey/ Instructor: Ms. Ceilon Aspenson, MA
August 29 - December 16, 2011 / 3 graduate credits / $790.05

For detailed information, and to enroll: MSU Extended University / NAS 551
Course Description: Explore the functions and purposes of the unique arts of North American indigenous peoples by culture area, in both the past and the present, within the overlapping contexts of culture area politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality, and gender.
Instructor: Ceilon Aspenson: Adjunct Instructor, Dept of Native American Studies, MSU Bozeman. BFA Drawing and Finae Arts, Mississippi State University



Updated: 08/30/2011