Montana State University

NASX 550-801: Native America: Dispelling the Myths

Aug 29-Dec 16, 2016
Credit: 3 graduate
Cost: $0.00
Instructor(s) Megan Singer

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



Megan Singer, MA.
Meg Singer (Navajo; Towering House/Biligaana Clans) grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah but for the past few years has called Montana home. Meg has a BA in Literature with an emphasis in YA Native American Literature from Westminster College in SLC, UT. Her Master’s is in Native American Studies with an emphasis on Indigenous Deaf Studies at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. Meg’s academic career has included reviving and performing the Indianist opera, “The Sun Dance Opera”, Natives in Science Fiction, Native Humor, Indigenous films, and Indigenous decolonization theories. In her down time, Meg loves to sing, watch TV, and cook.

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

  • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States
    Author: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    Published: 2015 (Paperback) ISBN 13: 978-0807057834
    Price: approximately $10
  • I Am Woman: A Native Perspective on Sociology
    Published: 1988
    Authors:Lee Maracle
    ISBN 13: 9780889740594
    Price: approximately $13
  • Me Sexy
    Author: Drew Hayden Taylor
    Published: 2008
    ISBN 978-1553652762
    Price: Approximately $14
  • X Marks: Native Signatures of Assent
    Author: Scott Richard Lyons
    Published: 2008 ISBN 13: 9780816666775
    Price: approximately $21
  • Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction
    Author: Grace L Dillon
    Published: 2012 ISBN 13: 978-0816529827
    Price: approximately $25

These books are available at most online retailers.

You will be assigned other readings and videos to discuss online. PDF copies of specific articles, book chapters, and links will exist as needed in the D2L course located at

Optional Books/Materials

  • Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods
    Author: Shawn Wilson
    Published: 2008 ISBN 13: 978-1-55266-281-6
    Price: approximately $90
  • Everything You Know About Indians Is Wrong
    Author: Paul Chaat Smith
    Published: 2009 ISBN 13: 978-0-8166-5601-1
    Price: approximately $16
  • Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous People
    Author: Linda Tuhiwai Smith
    Published: 2012 ISBN 13: 978 1 84813 950 3
    Price: approximately $34

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 Megan Singer at

Registration Questions: Please contact Extended University, Office of Continuing Education at or (406) 994-6683, toll free (866) 540-5660

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