Native American Studies
Native American Studies
1123 Native American Spirituality I
and study of Native American beliefs made integral through literature, oral
traditions and lifestyles. General concepts will be studied to find similarities
in a range of mythologies, and specific tribal stories will serve as contrast.
1143 Native Americans of North America
to the inhabitants from the North Pole to southern Mexico at the centuries
directly before and immediately after specific European incursions. Note will be
made of cultural relationships, such as languages and myths, among various
peoples distributed throughout the area.
2123 Native American Spirituality II
study of Native American spirituality in comparison to Western religion,
culture, and community, through participation and discussion, medicine wheel,
sweat lodge, mediation, dance, etc. This class will examine spiritual growth
through the study of Native American practices and values.
2203 Native Americans of the United States
of the history and cultures of Native Americans around the European incursions
and establishment of the United States to present. Conflicts with European
explorers and rebellions of indigenous peoples and the results of such actions
will be reviewed. Whenever possible, comparisons between European and Native
American accounts of such events will be made.
2233 Native Americans of Oklahoma
is home to more than 40 American Indian tribes, tribal towns, nations, and
bands. NAMS 2233 discusses the ways in which the tribes came to reside in the
present day state of Oklahoma, and also explores each tribe as a unique entity
unto itself. Both contemporary and historical perspectives will be addressed, as
well as contemporary cultural issues and current events.
2263 Native American Law
historical analysis of the use of law to separate indigenous peoples from their
land and cultural heritage. Exploration of the evolution and effects of those
practices and a focus on the legal aspects of sovereignty of “Indian
Country,” bingo, smoke shops, health services, and direct conflicts with the
BIA and BLM that exist today.
2403 Field Research in Native American Culture
course is designed to be a cooperative effort between RSU and local museums and
research facilities, such as Gilcrease and Philbrook museums. Students will be
provided a list of topics of importance to the understanding of Native American
cultures to be thoroughly researched during the semester.
2423 Indigenous Language of Native Americans
study of the general categories of languages that are the bodies that branch
into hundreds of specific local languages. Information about linguistic clues
that reveal migrations and relationships to pre-tribal cultures will be
discussed and researched.
2503 Cherokee I*
purpose of this course will be to teach basic conversational Cherokee, with some
emphasis on prefixes, suffixes and roots of Cherokee words to reflect changes in
the usage of words in the language.
2583 Seminar in Native American Language
study of other Native American languages. (Offered on demand.)
2623 Cherokee II*
are carried out totally in the Cherokee language. No English is used. Stress is
on conversational Cherokee. This method of teaching Native American languages is
proving to be the most effective method yet developed.
Native American Languages. All Native American language courses are subject to
availability of instructors and current information about languages.
2850 Native American Seminar
course is designed to address particular issues in regard to the Native American
culture. Course content to be determined each semester offered and will be
selected from, but not limited to, the following: art, language, religion,
music, history, and current events. (1-4 credit hours.)
3113 Contemporary Native American Issues
to be covered include issues regarding tribal sovereignty, religious freedom,
gaming, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, CDIB status,
museum development and management, government programs relating to tribes,
Indian Health Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and tribal elections.
Current local, state, and national events, court cases, and evolving issues
regarding tribes and tribal people will be a consistent subject throughout the
3263 Native American
An intensive review and advanced analysis of Native
American law based on the foundational sets of legal principles of U.S. federal
American Indian law, the laws of tribal governments, and international laws
applicable to Indigenous people.
4123 Native American Literature
on the foundation of the oral tradition, stories, songs and poems of traditional
Native Americans, this course is an examination of contemporary authors and
issues in Native American Literature. The course will focus intensively on a few
writers and/or poets per semester.