Native American and Indigenous Studies

The minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies introduces you to an important area of study which until recently, was not especially visible on American college campuses: the religious, historical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of the lives of indigenous peoples of the Americas from the earliest cultures (extending back 11,000 years or more) to the present. The very nature of the records suggest that the study of these complex societies will be rooted in the archaeological and anthropological evidence.

The CERTIFICATE in Iroquois Linguistics (CIL) provides an opportunity to study linguistic principles and grammatical features unique to the Iroquois languages, with examples from the six Haudenosaunee languages. Learn More

The interdisciplinary training of the faculty teaching courses in this area of study, gives you the chance to approach a closely integrated body of literature and knowledge from diverse perspectives. Students work with the program director to develop a course of study that reflects their interests and academic goals. The University's location in the heart of Haudenosaunee country, (people of the longhouse) provides added opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and research on issues of concern to Native Americans.

Requirements for Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies(+)

The minor requires completion of six courses (18 credits) from two different departments. Twelve of the 18 credits must be in courses numbered above 299. 

To view the course catalog for the minor please click here


CERTIFICATE in Iroquois Linguistics(+)

The Iroquois language family is a group of distinct but closely related languages. Six are spoken by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. These languages share a common grammatical structure and cultural history and this program explores their commonalities and differences. Learn More

New class topic for spring 2018(+)

NAT 400-M001 Class # 41610   Conquest, Treaties & Trials

Professor Scott Stevens          Tuesday           12:45 PM - 3:30 PM

This seminar explores the key historical events and documents associated with the dispossession of land and attacks on Haudenosaunee territories in what is now called New York State, Ontario, and Quebec.  We will begin with a survey of key moments of diplomacy and conflict in the Colonial Era and move on to a close reading of a variety of treaties and legal cases around the issues of Native land tenure and sovereignty. Key treaties, such as the Treaty of Canandaigua of 1794 and the Jay Treaty of 1794-95, will receive close attention. We will also consider controversial land sessions such as Buffalo Creek, as well as other dispossessions such as those occurring with the Kinzua Dam, the Niagara Power Project, and the St. Lawrence Seaway throughout the 1950s and 60s. We then look at Canadian contests for Haudenosaunee reservation lands at Six Nations and Oka.  Finally, we will examine the City of Sherrill v. Oneida Indian Nation (2005) and consider its ramifications for Haudenosaunee land claims in future. 

Spring 2018 Class Offerings(+)

Fall 2017 Class Offerings(+)

Spring 2017 Class Offerings(+)

Fall 2016 Class Offerings(+)

New class topic for spring 2016(+)

NAT 300-M001  Class #37790: Memory and Memorials in Indian Country (meets with HOA 300-M003 Class #49211)

Professor Stevens                     TTH 12:30 – 1:50                                Rm: Eggers 018

This course examines the idea of memorialization in Native North America by considering the visual representation of history in such artifacts as winter counts, wampum belts, and ledger art among Native cultures, along with the Euro-American genres of history painting, photography, and film. We also consider three-dimensional memorials such as monuments, statuary, historic markers, and historic sites as they relate to Indigenous and Settler historic interactions both locally and nationally.  How do such artifacts and memorial sites record the struggles of their respective cultures? Whose version of history gets represented and how do the visual arts convey a sense of national history? These are some of the topics we will consider.  This course examines the interdisciplinary field of Native American Studies by attending to scholarship across four disciplines: history, indigenous studies, art history, and anthropology.

Spring 2016 Class Offerings(+)

Fall 2015 Class Offerings(+)



Meets with         



13511 NAT 105      Intro to Nat Americ Studies   Stevens TTh 9:30-10:50am
28018 NAT 142 Native American Religion REL 142 Arnold MW 12:45-2:05pm
17351 NAT 300 Women'sRights:NatAmTradition HNR 360 Wagner TTh 12:30-1:50pm
28051 NAT 300 Global Indigenous Issues   Stevens TTh 11:00am-12:20pm
15601 NAT 301 Iroquois Verb Morphology I   Abrams TTh 2:00-3:20pm
15603 NAT 305 Iroquois Phonetics/Phonology   Abrams TTh 3:30-4:50pm
28017 NAT 348 Rel. & Amer. Consumerism REL 348 Arnold MW 8:00-9:20am
28460 NAT 444 Contemporary Native American Movements       SOC 444 Loder MW 2:15-3:35pm
28052 NAT 459 Native N. American Issues ANT 459/659 Schwarz TTh 2:00-3:20pm

Spring 2015 Class Offerings(+)





Crosslist/Meets w/



Indigeneity- Indigenous Identity Series



NAT300 Native American Poetry and the Politics of Resistance   Gibbs TTH 11:00-12:20pm      ETS315 52903
NAT302 Iroquois Verb Morphology II Abrams TTh 2:00-3:20pm   36893
NAT306 Iroquois Syntax and Semantics Abrams TTh 3:30-4:50pm   36895
NAT323 Peoples/Cultrs of N. Amer Schwarz TTh 12:30-1:50pm ANT 323 36739
NAT438 Native Am. Health Promotion Jamieson TTH 5:00-6:20pm HTW438,HTW638 51208
NAT638 Native Am. Health Promotion Jamieson TTH 5:00-6:20pm HTW438,HTW638 51209
NAT456 Rep of Indigenous People Schwarz W 3:45-6:35pm ANT456 51467
NAT656 Rep of Indigenous People Schwarz W 3:45-6:35pm ANT656 51468
NAT400 Cowboys & Indians: Art & Myths Stevens/Scott    TTh 12:30-1:50pm NAT600, HOA400 51498
NAT600 Cowboys & Indians: Art & Myths Stevens/Scott     TTh 12:30-1:50pm ANT400, HOA600 51499
NAT400 Discovery & Indigenous Peoples Arnold TTh 12:30-1:50pm ANT400, NAT600, REL400    51503
NAT600    Discovery & Indigenous Peoples Arnold TTh 12:30-1:50pm ANT600, NAT400, REL600 51504
NAT400 Writing Native America in Early American Literature    Stevens TTh 9:30-10:50am NAT600, ETS315 51553
NAT600 Writing Native America in Early American Literature Stevens TTh 9:30-10:50am NAT400, ETS315 51552

Native American Studies Resources(+)

Native American and Indigenous Studies

Offerings: minor CIL

Scott Manning Stevens, PHD
314 Tolley Humanities Building

Native American and Indigenous Studies
441 Hall of Languages
Phone: 315-443-1011
Fax: 315-443-8093

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