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First Nations Studies (FNS)


101 Beginning Ojibwa Language (4) For beginning students in Ojibwa language. Introduction to the phonetics, pronunciation, and rhythm of the Ojibwa language. A standardized spelling system and basic vocabulary will be used; focus on oral fluency. F08, F09


102 Intermediate Ojibwa Language (4) Speaking and comprehension of basic Ojibwa speech patterns. Development of rudimentary reading knowledge, conversational skills, and elementary grammar. Emphasis on vocabulary development and cultural perspectives. No prerequisite. S09, S10


110 Survey of First Nations Culture (3) Examination of traditional and contemporary First Nations culture. Includes the legends, religion, poetry, music, design, dance, oratory, and history of tribal groups in North America. F08, S09, F09, S10


151 Introduction to Tribal Administration (3) Introduction to the basics of First Nations law and tribal governments, and how federal Indian policy has affected development of tribal governments that exist today. Cross-listed as POLS 151. F08, F09


221 First Nations Wisconsin History (3) History of the native peoples of Wisconsin from prehistoric times to the present. Major emphasis on the six federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin. Cross-listed as HIST 221. F08, S10


230 First Nations Myths and Legends (3) Introduction to the oral tradition of First Nations people. Explores traditional stories and legends told by native peoples for generations. Students will understand the meaning they provided past generations of people and how their message is carried into the modern world. S09, S10


242 First Nations Values and Spiritual Beliefs (3) Examines a broad range of First Nations religious beliefs as they relate to the various cultural values of First Nations in North America.  Emphasis on the spiritual significance of First Nations ceremonies and their relationship to the environment. Traditional teachings of First Nations will be examined as they relate to the lifestyles of First Nations people historically and today. F08, S09, F09, S10


304 First Nations Literature (3) Examines literature by and about First Nations people. Students read novels, short stories, and poetry by First Nations authors. Students will be made aware of how this literature differs from traditional western literature in content and theme. Also covers traditional stories that contemporary First Nations literature is based on. Cross-listed as ENGL 304. S09, F09


307 Ojibwa Culture (3) Examines various aspects of the Ojibwa culture in depth. A hands-on approach, with students going into the field and participating in lab activities such as wild ricing, sugar bush, drum and dance, and others. Can be repeated up to six credits. F09


310 Historical Foundations of First Nations Education (3) Study of major issues in First Nations education, including tribal trends of community control, federal legislation, innovative methods, technique and curriculum, and projections for the future.


350 First Nations History I (3) Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from their origin to the Dawes Act of 1887. Cross-listed as HIST 350. F08, F09


351 First Nations History II (3) Examination of the history and culture of the First Nations people from 1887 to the present. Special attention given to the federal government's role in administering Indian policy. Cross-listed as HIST 351. S09, S10


386 Social Work Practice with American Indian Families (3) Addresses social work practice issues related to contemporary American Indian family life, including recognition of the importance of American Indian tribal contexts; development and implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act; impact of sovereignty and other social policy issues on American Indian families; and effective approaches to use when helping American Indian families. Offers an opportunity to better understand and work more effectively with American Indian families. Open to non-majors and can be used as a General Education diversity requirement. Cross-listed as SOW 386. S09, S10


410 First Nations Law (3) Examines the unique relationship between indigenous tribes of the United States and the United States government through the context of tribal sovereignty. Explores the impact of the Supreme Court and the court's interpretation of legislation and judicial decisions of the past. Also explores the future of the domestic dependent nations status and tribal sovereignty. Prerequisite FNS/POLS 151 or instructor consent. Cross-listed as LSTU 410. F08


430 Contemporary Issues in First Nations Society (3) Study of the problems faced by First Nations tribes in different parts of the country along with their relationships to local and national governments. Insight into the life and culture of First Nations in the contemporary world, and the political and tribal issues, which impact on the role of First Nations in today's society. F09


460 The Study of First Nations Women (3) Exploration of the First Nations woman's social roles and lifestyles from a variety of tribal cultures in North America. Focuses on traditional and contemporary values and roles of First Nations women. Cross-listed as WST 460. S09, S10


480 First Nations Society and Culture: Field Research (3) Teaches basic social science research techniques and how they apply to the First Nations community. Group or individual field research projects will be completed during the semester.


481/681 Counseling the First Nations (3) Explores counseling theory and application techniques from a First Nations perspective. First Nations world view and linear vs. holistic thinking are principle topics. Group and individual counseling is addressed and practiced. Designed for people in helping professions that deal with First Nations clients. Cross-listed as COUN 481/681. F08, F09


486/686 Special Topics (1-4) In-depth study of specialized current topics in First Nations Studies selected by the instructor. May be repeated for credit when instructor and/or topics are different. Instructor's approval required. F08, S09, F09, S10


490 Independent Study (1-4) Supervised independent study and/or research in First Nations Studies. Instructor's approval required. F08, S09, F09, S10