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Leadership and Building Native Nations Concentration

NATV 247 Politics of Native American Art. (3)
Native American art and artists within political, social and cultural contexts are introduced through an examination of the history of representations of Native art.

NATV 322 Principles of Federal Indian Law. (3)
Principles and basic doctrines of Federal Indian Law are examined within an inter-disciplinary context. This class is a pre-requisite for NATV 324, and a suggested pre-requisite for NATV 421 and 423.

NATV 324 Contemporary Approaches to Federal Indian Law. (3)
Critical analysis of the traditional Federal Indian law paradigm. Consideration of alternative analyses predicated on inherent sovereignty and emerging international indigenous human rights norms from an inter-disciplinary perspective. Pre-requisite: NATV 322.

NATV 325 Tribal Government. (3)
While emphasizing the study of traditional American Indian society in comparison with government models of the United States, the course in tribal government will examine the governing structure of Indian tribes from both an historical and contemporary perspective.  Using this method, students will be able to appreciate the history, development, and modern aspects of tribal government as a comparative governmental study.

NATV 326 Tribal Gaming. (3)
This course covers the law and the politics of gaming as an exercise of tribal sovereignty, and examines tribal, state, and federal interests involved in the uniquely tribal enterprise of Native Nation building.

NATV 348 Native American Activism. (3)
Inter-disciplinary examination of the histories, strategies, successes, and shortcomings of Native American activist movements. Course focuses on pan-Indian organizations, localized grassroots movements, treaty rights, anti-treaty rights organizations, and inter-nationalist alliances.

NATV 421 Treaties and Agreements. (3)
Selected treaties between the U.S. and Native nations are critically examined. Emphasis is on the history of the treaty making process and other types of agreements between the sovereign Native nations and the United States.

NATV 423 Self-Determination and Indigenous Human Rights. (3)
Analyzes the emerging norm of self-determination and its impact on indigenous peoples in the international legal system. Colonization, liberation, and the political futures of culturally distinct peoples are examined from inter-disciplinary perspectives.

NATV *436. Environmental Ethics and Justice in Native America. (3)
Complex ways in which Native peoples form relationships with their environment are examined. Differences and similarities between Native and dominant cultural conceptions of the environment and environmental justices are considered within an inter-disciplinary context.

NATV 445 Politics of Identity. (3)
Examines Native identities in law, biology, culture, and via self-identification within an inter-disciplinary context. Discussion will focus on federal intrusions, misappropriations, and adaptations that strengthen the sovereignty of Native Nations.

NATV 450 Topics in Native American Studies.
Topics courses taught by faculty from the University of New Mexico and the surrounding community which vary according to the instructor’s expertise.

NATV 480 Building Native Nations: Community Revitalization, Culture, Decolonization, and Indigenous Thought. (3)
The Building Native Nations course critically engages Indigenous community revitalization dynamics and its relationship to culture, Indigenous thought, decolonization. Principals relating to political sovereignty, cultural self-determination, economic viability, social and economic justice, and strategic planning underlie the notion of Nation Building for Native people.

NATV 486 Contemporary and Traditional Views on Indigenous Leadership (3)
This course critically examines contemporary and traditional perspectives on Indigenous leadership. Also, the course will theorize on indigenous leadership development. The topics covered include overviews of Indigenous philosophy, Indigenous community, and Indigenous leadership.
Prerequisite: 322 or 324 or 325 or 326 or 421 or 423 or 445 or 480.  Restriction: junior or senior standing.

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