Native American Studies in Higher Education / Edition 1

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Overview

In this collection, Champagne and Stauss examine the decades-long struggle in higher education to build Native Studies from the ground up and to develop key working models for indigenous studies in American university settings. The individual contributors provide rich, contextual histories of the last four decades of these programs, describing and analyzing their evolution, administrative and financial relationships, philosophies, course development, and in general their successes and failures. The authors evaluate the strengths of a curriculum that benefits from sustained contacts with tribal communities, and assert the value of collaborations with Indian communities in revitalizing Native Nation building, and guiding university Indian studies programs to remain focused on the interests, issues, and values of Native communities.

Author Biography: Duane Champagne runs the American Indian Studies Center at UCLA. Jay Stauss is director of the Department of American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona.

This collection of essays examines the decades-long struggle in higher education to build native studies from the ground up and to develop key working models for indigenous studies in American university settings.

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Thirty-three academics from the U.S. and Canada discuss the formation of American Indian studies programs in mainstream universities over the past 30 years. Coverage includes the origination of the programs, their relations with the Indian community, financial and administrative relations with their university administration, contributing factors to their successes and setbacks, specific courses offered, and the philosophy for Indian studies. The 12 case studies detail several specific programs, including Dartmouth, U. of California-Davis, UCLA, Harvard, U. of Alaska-Anchorage, U. of Minnesota-Duluth and Twin Cities, U. of Oklahoma, U. of Arizona, U. of North Carolina-Pembroke, Trent U., and Saskatchewan Indian Federated College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780759101258
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 1/15/2002
  • Series: Contemporary Native American Communities Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Introduction: Defining Indian Studies through Stories and Nation Building 1
Ch. 1 Eleazar Wheelock Meets Luther Standing Bear: Native American Studies at Dartmouth College 17
Ch. 2 American Indian Studies at the University of Oklahoma 29
Ch. 3 American Indian Studies at the University of California - Los Angeles 43
Ch. 4 Culture, Tradition, and Evolution: The Department of Native Studies at Trent University 61
Ch. 5 American Indian Studies at the University of Arizona 83
Ch. 6 A Hemispheric Approach: Native American Studies at the University of California-Davis 97
Ch. 7 In Caleb's Footsteps: The Harvard University Native American Program 123
Ch. 8 A Story of Struggle and Survival: American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 145
Ch. 9 The Department of Indian Studies at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College 165
Ch. 10 O'ezhichigeyaang (This Thing We Do): American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota-Duluth 183
Ch. 11 Standing in the Gap: American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina-Pembroke 191
Ch. 12 One University, Two Universes: Alaska Natives and the University of Alaska-Anchorage 203
Index 229
About the Authors 239
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