Campus Notes for Dec. 21

MN West to offer course focusing on history and culture of indigenous people and the early settlers

The course will examine culture, government, economy, family, religion, education, and a wide range of topics throughout historical periods. Introduction to Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies (INDS) focuses on understanding the “pan-Indian” view of Indigenous people in a contemporary setting. Dive into Native American history and groups of people that shape today’s society.

The class instructor, Adam Savariego, will focus on different views throughout history of how Indigenous people and settlers came to the United States. There will be an emphasis on the Oceti Sakowin (7 Council Fires) — (Eastern Dakota/Western Dakota/Lakota), highlighting their struggle and resistance throughout history.

This course will also explore the detailed history of the land in Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota).


• Debate alternative expert beliefs or theories on historic and contemporary social issues.

• Discuss the ever-changing group identities in the United States’ history and culture.

• Students will become aware of the stereotypes, lack of resources and challenges of Native American communities that are continually carried over from mainstream society.

• Analyze your own attitude, behavior, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.

• You will be able to demonstrate practical skills necessary for living and working effectively in a society with great population diversity.

Intro to Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies is an 18-week evening course, offering 3 credits. Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings in Granite Falls.

Prerequisite: ENGL 0090 or placement by multiple measures.


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