Creative Solutions: Activism, Advocacy, and Self-Determination in Indian Country


Spring 2016 quarter

Taught by

public administration, native american studies, fine arts


Students must have completed at least one quarter of Native studies; please email instructor with questions.

Within this program, upper division students will investigate an array of policy issues affecting indigenous people locally, nationally and internationally through the lens of Tribal self-determination, advocacy and activism. Students will complete a major research project on a topic of their choosing, relating to contemporary indigenous issues in arts and culture, the environment, governance and policy, social services, health or education.  Through readings, research, workshops, lectures, discussion and writing, students will examine indigenous leadership and organizations, the path from activism and advocacy to policy and law, tribal sovereignty, international indigenous peoples’ issues, and the role of artists and culture bearers in creating space for positive change. Students will learn applicable strategies for research, community organizing, policy development and cultural competency. Students will be assessed on the quality of their written work, class participation, presentation skills, ethical research and collaborative group work.

Program Details

Fields of Study

Preparatory for studies or careers in

community development, arts and culture, public administration, education, communications, and tribal governance.

Location and Schedule

Campus location



Offered during: Day

Advertised schedule: First spring class meeting:  Tuesday, March 29 at 9:30am (Longhouse 1007B)


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Online Learning

Enhanced Online Learning: Access to web-based tools required, but use of these tools does not displace any face-to-face instruction.

Schedule Details

Events Outside Regular Schedule: Attend Longhouse 20th Anniversary Exhibition Opening, Thursday, March 31st 5-7pm, and Artist Lecture on Tuesday, April 26th 5-7pm in the Evergreen Gallery.  

Required Fees

$30 for in-class workshop supplies.

Research Possibilities

Students will be required to complete one major research project on a topic of their choosing related to contemporary indigenous issues in arts and culture, the environment, governance and policy, social services, health or education.


Date Revision
March 11th, 2016 This program will now accept Sophomores.
January 27th, 2016 New spring opportunity added.

Registration Information

Credits: 16 (Spring)

Class standing: Sophomore–Senior

Maximum enrollment: 25


Course Reference Number

So - Sr (16 credits): 30318

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