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Native Sovereignty Politics

AMST 307
Fall 2013 not offered
Crosslisting: ANTH 261
Certificates: Civic Engagement

This seminar will survey selected historical moments, geographical and institutional sites, cases, and periods to explore the complexities of life for indigenous peoples within the boundaries of the territories claimed by the United States--including American Indians, Alaskan natives, native Hawaiians, Chamorros, and American Samoans. What is the political status of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages? What is tribal sovereignty? What is the status of U.S. treaties with tribal nations? How does the U.S. Constitution regard Indian tribes as distinct from foreign nations and why? How did the U.S. acquire Hawai'i, American Samoa, and Guam? We will examine legal issues in relation to the recognition and assertion of collective rights, treaty rights, land title and claims, and variations of the federal trust relationship. Through a focus on contested issues of citizenship and self-governance, students will learn about self-determination, constitutional development, and indigenous politics vis--vis the states, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the United Nations. Films and guest lectures will complement the course readings.
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: SBS AMST
Course Format: Lecture / DiscussionGrading Mode: Graded
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: None
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (AMST)(ANTH)(CIVI-MN)(HRAD-MN)(STS)

Last Updated on JUN-15-2024
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