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NASX 550: Native America: Dispelling the Myths

August 17- November 25
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s) Tonya Robinson 


Course Description

This course explores a range of conceptual foundations that created the mythicized semblance of “Native America”. Focusing on Indigenous knowledges and theories, students will critically examine the interrelationship between colonialism and sovereignty and how they affect identity and self-determination for Native peoples. Content will focus on Indigenous decolonization & resilience through art, film, literature, and theory.

Meeting Place and Times



Tonya Robinson, PhDc, is a Doctoral Candidate in the American Studies program at Montana State University (major field: American Literature; supporting area: Native American Studies). Her research concerns intersections of cultural production and environmental degradation, as well as historic and contemporary Native issues. She is currently working on issues concerning national metanarratives and mythmaking.

Time Commitment

10-12 hours per week. If you are unfamiliar with this field of study and/or method of delivery, you may require more time.

Tuition and Fees

If you are taking only online courses this semester, please see the MSU Online Only Tuition and Fees(PDF) table.

If you are also taking a face-to-face course, please see the MSU Fee Schedules

Required Books/Materials

  • "All the Real Indians Died Off": And 20 Other Myths About Native Americans (2016)

    Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (Author), Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Author)

    ISBN: 978-0807062654

    Paperback List Price $16.00

    Kindle List Price: $12.99

    Additional required readings and viewings will be accessible through the course website in Brightspace.

Computer Requirements

  • Internet access
  • A device and browser that pass the system check for Brightspace LE, MSU's learning management system.

For More Information

For course information: Please contact Tonya Robinson at [email protected]

How to Register

You must be accepted as a student to Montana State University to take this course.

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