Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies
Dept.: Social Science
Office: SS 103
Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies (INDS) promotes awareness of native cultures and peoples in the U.S. through an examination of the ways in which traditional native cultures have persisted and adapted over time and how these cultures are expressed in present-day life and affairs. The program will study native cultures in general and focus on the Dakota people of Minnesota specifically. The interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary nature of INDS will be illustrated by analytical concepts, methodologies, and contributions from key fields and disciplines such as anthropology, history, literature, and art. In a society and world characterized by diversity and multiculturalism, INDS serves both native and non-native students by broadening their knowledge of traditional and modern native history and culture. Decolonization provides both the theoretical framework and pedagogy for Indigenous Nations and Dakota Studies.
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