Bachelor of Arts In Native Studies Leadership

THE NATIVE STUDIES LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

The Native Studies Leadership Program is the journey to self-determination and reclaiming our cultural sovereignty. Traditional knowledge is our canoe. It moves us away from the western genre that has shaped and determined a false sense of “who we are” and towards our original identity – an identity that is formed by sacred histories, language, origin stories, and the heroes who continue to defend our families and our homelands.

Program Outcomes

The Native Studies Leadership program teaches students:

SKILLS OF LEADERSHIP

NEPETENG (PROCESS OF GIVING KNOWLEDGE OR ADVICE)

Students who aspire to become leaders in their own communities will bring their ancestors’ skills from traditional times into contemporary settings to achieve strong and sound sovereignty.

VALUES

NETSE MOT I SQWELOWEN (ONE MIND AND ONE FEELING)

The Coast Salish people have values that are imprinted from an early age. These values of endurance, honor, integrity, respect, and humility allow leaders to make informed decisions based on quality knowledge that supports indigenousness, sovereignty, and theprotection of our homelands.

KNOWLEDGE

SNEPENEQ (KNOWLEDGE)

The Coast Salish are very intentional in teaching foundational knowledge to their young leaders. In this program, students developthe ability to differentiate between their inherent birthright and the acquired rights conferred by the federal government.

WORLD VIEW

SCHELEGEN (WAY OF LIFE)

Traditional Coast Salish leaders made great sacrifices to defend their inherent sovereignty. Through the language and teachings of their elders, these leaders developed skills, values, and knowledge that ensured the survival of our inherent rights.

For more information

Lexie Tom
Department Chair
360-392-4254
ltom@nwic.edu

 

Core Program Requirements

FIRST YEAR

  • CSOV 101: Introduction to Cultural Sovereignty
  • CSOV 102: The Language of our Ancestors
  • CSOV 120: Reclaiming our History
  • CSOV 130: Icons of Our Past

SECOND YEAR

  • ECON 250: Subsistence Economies: Restoring Prosperity
  • EDUC 202: The Tide Has Changed: Educating Our Own
  • POLS 225: History of Federal Indian Policy
  • POLS 118: The Rights of Tribes

THIRD YEAR

  • CSOV 300: Transfer Seminar
  • CSOV 301: Indigenous Theory and Methods: We own our Knowledge
  • CSOV 302: Indigenous Research: Validating our Past – Writing our Future
  • NESC 310: Native Science
  • CSOV 320: Impacts of Colonization
  • CSOV 335: Social Justice: In Defense of our Homelands
  • POLS 350: Native Governments and Politics

FOURTH YEAR

  • CSOV 410: Senior Seminar: Sacred Sites
  • CSOV 490: Honoring Traditional Leadership
  • CSOV 499: Senior Project: Rebuilding our Nations