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What is Native American Studies?

Native American Studies is an interdisciplinary field that uses multiple approaches from history, anthropology, law, literature, ethnic studies, and other disciplines to understand Native American history, culture, politics, and contemporary lives. NAS highlights the unique place of tribes in the state-tribal-federal intergovernmental matrix and the myriad of distinct issues Native peoples of the United States face, from language and cultural protection to environmental issues to economic development and beyond.

Why Native American Studies?

Students in Native American Studies will join a diverse, tightly knit community of scholars who cherish our connections with Native communities and strive to make our work valuable for the project of building up Native nations. Most Americans are vaguely aware of tribal governments and even fewer have thought about what limited forms of tribal sovereignty say about American democratic ideals. Through our research, classes, programming, and activism, we aim to change this. In a state with nine federally recognized indigenous nations and with a Native American population 50% higher proportionally than the national average, this knowledge is crucial for future leaders in all fields.

What Will I Learn & Where Can I Go?
UO NAS affords students extensive grounding in Indigenous history and culture as well as nuanced understanding of tribal sovereignty, Indigenous nationhood, settler colonialism, and the diversity and beauty of contemporary Indigenous lives and experiences. Such work prepares students for a variety of postsecondary opportunities ranging from government, law, research, and education; to nonprofit and public interest work, environmental and resource management, and business and economic development; to the arts, journalism, communication, new media, and beyond.

 

 

Minor Requirements

The Native American Studies minor compliments numerous other fields of study and provides access to ways of knowing and living that are part of the heritage and future of this state, and this nation.  

The interdisciplinary minor requires a minimum of 28 credits, with at least 16 of those being upper-division credits. All courses counting toward the minor must be taken for letter grades and completed with grades of C or higher.

Students must fulfill distribution requirements, taking at least one class each from the following groups:

Group I: Culture, Language, and Education
Group II: Law, Policy, Governance, and History
Group III: Literature, Media, and the Arts

 

 

Native American Studies Advisory Council
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Territorial Acknowledgment

The University of Oregon is located on Kalapuya ilihi, the traditional indigenous homeland of the Kalapuya people. Following treaties between 1851 and 1855, Kalapuya people were dispossessed of their indigenous homeland by the United States government and forcibly removed to the Coast Reservation in Western Oregon. Today, Kalapuya descendants are primarily citizens of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde and the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, and they continue to make important contributions to their communities, to the UO, to Oregon, and to the world.

In following the Indigenous protocol of acknowledging the original people of the land we occupy, we also extend our respect to the nine federally recognized Indigenous nations of Oregon: the Burns Paiute Tribe, the Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde, the Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians, the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Coquille Indian Tribe, the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians, and the Klamath Tribes. We express our respect to the many more tribes who have ancestral connections to this territory, as well as to all other displaced Indigenous peoples who call Oregon home. Hayu masi.

 

NEWS

 

COMING SOON!

 

 

All Sizes Fit Art Recruitment
Feb23
All Sizes Fit Art Recruitment Feb 23
TALK: Willy Bauer (Round Valley), “We Are the Land: New Perspectives on the History of California’s Native Peoples"
Feb23
TALK: Willy Bauer (Round Valley), “We Are the Land: New Perspectives on the History of California’s Native Peoples" Feb 23
UOTeach-In on Educational Equity & Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies
Feb23
UOTeach-In on Educational Equity & Anti-Oppressive Pedagogies Feb 23
Native Studies Colloquium
Mar2
Native Studies Colloquium Mar 2
UOPD Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Conversation with Interim Dir. John Johnson
Mar2
UOPD Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Conversation with Interim Dir. John Johnson Mar 2
UO Food Talk: Fire Is Food
Mar12
UO Food Talk: Fire Is Food Mar 12
Native Studies Colloquium
Mar16
Native Studies Colloquium Mar 16
Study Abroad Fair
Mar30
Study Abroad Fair Mar 30
Virtual Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
Apr9
Virtual Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Apr 9
2021 Environmental Justice Pathways Summit
Apr9
2021 Environmental Justice Pathways Summit Apr 9 virtual
Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture
Apr9
Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Lecture Apr 9
Conversations About Our World Talk Series I: the Power of Indigenous Stories and Art
Apr9
Conversations About Our World Talk Series I: the Power of Indigenous Stories and Art Apr 9
Survivance Alliance: Alaska Native Mutual Aid and Sovereignty 1942–1945
Apr13
Survivance Alliance: Alaska Native Mutual Aid and Sovereignty 1942–1945 Apr 13
CSWS Women of Color Books In Print Event: Leilani Sabzalian
Apr23
CSWS Women of Color Books In Print Event: Leilani Sabzalian Apr 23
Spring Bounty: Meals To-Go
Apr26
Spring Bounty: Meals To-Go Apr 26 Black Cultural Center Patio
Haseltine Lecture "Destroying the Big Mound"
May5
Haseltine Lecture "Destroying the Big Mound" May 5
Sanctuary, A Performance
May19
Sanctuary, A Performance May 19
Oregon Diversity Career Symposium
May19
Oregon Diversity Career Symposium May 19
Native Studies Colloquium: "Earth Matters on Stage"
May19
Native Studies Colloquium: "Earth Matters on Stage" May 19
Student Study Abroad Panel: Living Abroad in Your Skin
May24
Student Study Abroad Panel: Living Abroad in Your Skin May 24
Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ Identities Panel
May28
Indigenous and LGBTQIA+ Identities Panel May 28
Native Studies Colloquium: "Mobility, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism"
Jun8
Native Studies Colloquium: "Mobility, Indigeneity, and Settler Colonialism" Jun 8