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Native American Studies for Educators

The idea of this course grows from the premise that peoples, histories and environments are inextricably linked in a complex symbiotic relationship that can be studied intellectually and experientially. The geographic focus of this class is the traditional homelands of the Oceti Sakowin people. Their traditional homelands encompass lands in what are now the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, and North Dakota, plus the Canadian provinces of Ontario, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan. Today there are Oceti Sakowin reservations in Minnesota, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, and North Dakota. From a land standpoint, the Oceti Sakowin confederacy is fortunate—relatively speaking—in the amount of land its tribes and first nations were able to retain, as well as in the fact that its current lands are within the confederacy’s traditional homelands. But socio-economic statistics of reservation residents remain startlingly appalling. Nevertheless, many Oceti Sakowin people choose to continue living in and protecting the homelands of their ancestors. The overarching intention of this course is to encourage critical thinking about the intersections of Oceti Sakowin peoples, lands, spirituality and experiences. In so doing, we are striving to provide you, as educators, with a more in-depth awareness of Oceti Sakowin origins and development so that you can bring this knowledge into your classrooms and throughout your schools. These four topics—people, land, spirituality, and experience—can serve as a model for studying other American Indian nations. These topics will also be incorporated with federal policies and legislation in order to give us a broader historical and contemporary overview of the interrelationships between American Indians and non-Indians, and between tribes, states and the federal government.
Important Session Information:

CLASS MATERIALS:The following book(s) must be acquired before the first class. 1.Oceti Sakowin Origins and Development: Foundational Resources for Educators(ISBN 978-0-9855515-0-6)–can be purchases online at or by calling 605-685-6484. 2.Waterlily(ISBN 979-0-8032-1904-5)

REGISTRATION FEE:A registration fee of $120 (SFSD) or $180 (Non-SFSD) will be required at the first class session. Make checks payable to the "Sioux Falls School District"

CECH/GRADUATE CREDIT: Class can be taken for CECHs(no charge), or graduate credit from Augustana or USF ($135). At the first session, Augie requires a check of $135 and USF requires an online payment of $135. If taking class for graduate credit, you must be present at all scheduled class sessions as advertised (per Augie's/USF's policy). Failure to abide by this policy will result in an incomplete grade.

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Session ID:
Credits Available:
(45) Educational Contact Hours
(3) Graduate
Seats Filled:
28 / 25
Contact Person:
Velina Onate-Nelson
Ann Robertson
Janet Fleming-Martin
Date Time Location
5/26/2015 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Lincoln HS A208
5/27/2015 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Lincoln HS A208
5/28/2015 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Lincoln HS A208
5/29/2015 8:00 AM - 4:45 PM Lincoln HS A208
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