Aug 27-Dec 14, 2018
Credit: 3 graduate
Instructor(s): Tonya Robinson

Course Description

Earn an on-line NAS Graduate Certificate

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, MLS. Tonya has been involved in nonprofit management and various forms of resource development for close to two decades. She has extensive experience with grantsmanship including proposal planning, proposal preparation, proposal submission, grant award management, proposal writing training, and proposal evaluation. She has served as a grant reviewer/panel chairperson for a wide range of federal, state and private/corporate foundations, including those specific to tribal/Native American/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian funding opportunities. She is also 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.

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 accepted into a qualified online program, see the appropriate MSU Online Only Tuition and Fee table below:

  • Go to the Student Accounts page.
  • On the left navigation bar, click "Tuition & Fee Charts--Current & Historical."
  • Then click "Online Programs Only."
  • Click the link appropriate to your semester and status as a student.

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

Required Books/Materials

  • All of the materials will be accessible through D2L (i.e., required readings and viewings will be provided through PDFs and links), so there are no required textbooks for course.

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

How to Register

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

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