Leadership & Building Native Nations



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 examines the governing structure of Indian tribes from both an historical and contemporary perspective.  

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 423/523 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 424/524 Principles of Leadership in Indigenous Contexts. (3)
Will gain a critical understanding of theoretical concepts and frameworks of leadership from Western and Indigenous perspective. Examine both historical and contemporary tribal leadership (including global) and address issues impacting their communities.

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 445/545 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.  Restriction: junior or senior standing.

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)
This 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.  Restriction: junior or senior standing.