Montana State University

NASX 550-801: Native America: Dispelling the Myths

Online
Aug 28-Dec 15, 2017
Credit: 3 graduate
Cost: $0.00
Instructor(s) Marsha Small

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

Online.

Instructor(s):

Marsha Small. Marsha is an ‘A Voice for the Children of Indian Boarding School Cemeteries’. She utilizes Indigenous worldviews in her research in correlation with the western tools of Geographic Information System and Ground Penetrating Radar. As a Northern Cheyenne, Ota’taveenova’e (Blue Tipi Woman, or Blue Wings) as she is called embraces the Northern Cheyenne epistemologies. She graduated from Chief Dull Knife College located on the Northern Cheyenne Reservation with an Associates of Arts, continued to Ashland, Oregon’s Southern Oregon University for her Bachelor’s of Science in Environmental Studies with emphasis on geographical information systems and culture resource management. In summer of 2015, she received her College Teaching Certificate, and in the fall of 2015, she received her Master’s in Native American Studies from Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana. In January of 2017, she started her Ph.D. in Earth Sciences. Her research is focused on locating known and unknown burials in the off-reservation boarding school cemeteries. Research is geared toward the facilitation for a broad discussion in truth and reconciliation at executive levels, she plans to provide analysis and updated maps on a majority of off-reservation boarding school cemeteries. Her focus will remain in the preservation of sacred sites and sacred places.

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

$0.00

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
    Publisher: Beacon Press; Reprint edition (August 11, 2015) Fifth Edition (2012)
    ISBN 13: 978-0807057834

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $12.

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask
    Author: Anton Truer
    Publisher: Borealis Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2012)
    ISBN 13: 978-0807057834

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $13.

  • Native Science: Natural Laws of Interdependence
    Author: Gregory Cajete
    Publisher:Clear Light Publishers; 1st edition (April 19, 2016)
    ISBN 13: 978-0807057834

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $20.

  • Boarding School Seasons
    Author: Brenda Child
    Publisher:University of Nebraska Press (February 1, 2000)
    ISBN 13: 978-0807057834

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $15.

  • Research Is Ceremony: Indigenous Research Methods
    Author: Shawn Wilson
    Publisher: Fernwood Publishing Co., Ltd.; First Edition (April 1, 2009)
    ISBN 13: 978-1552662816

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $90.

Optional Books/Materials

  • Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction
    Author: Grace L Dillon
    Publisher: University of Arizona Press; 2 edition (March 1, 2012)
    ISBN 13: 978-0816529827

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $16.

  • X- Marks: Native Signatures of Assent
    Author: Scott Richard Lyons
    Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press (May 10, 2010)
    ISBN 13: 978-0816666775

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $23.

  • Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous People
    Author: Linda Tuhiwai Smith
    Publisher: Zed Books; 2 edition (May 10, 2012)
    ISBN 13: 978-1848139503

    This book can be ordered online at Amazon.com, Barnesandnoble.com or from other online retailers for approximately $28.

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 Marsha Small at msmallfae@gmail.com

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