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Native American Studies

A welcome from the Director

The First Convocation of American Indian Scholars met in March of 1970 at Princeton University to call for the development of bodies of Indigenous knowledge by Native Americans. The scholars present at this meeting entitled their proclamation for scholarly inclusion and acceptance “Native American Studies as an Academic Discipline” and they insisted that the major thrust of Indigenous knowledge should be defense of the land and Indigenous rights.

Native American Studies (NAS) at Stanford began in 1996. Since its inception NAS has evolved into a program that not only defends Indigenous nationhood, it supports the study and articulation of theories that emanate from within Native communities and assists in knowledge generation and advocacy efforts for the protection and preservation of unique Native American social systems, languages, land and natural resources. Our courses are housed across campus in the departments of sociology, education, anthropology, archeology, English, art history, linguistics, the law school, and programs within CCSRE, American Studies, and Feminist and Gender Studies. Given the global emphasis of contemporary society, NAS programs of study also include interdisciplinary and comparative study through offerings across campus and within the CCSRE program.

Courses in Native American Studies offered this year include:

  • NATIVEAM 16: Native Americans in the 21st Century: Encounters, Identity, and Sovereignty in Contemporary America (ANTHRO 16, ANTHRO 116C, ARCHLGY 16)
  • NATIVEAM 50Q: Life and Death of Words (CSRE 50Q, ENGLISH 50Q, FEMGEN 50Q, LINGUIST 50Q)
  • NATIVEAM 64Q: These languages were here first: A look at the indigenous languages of California (ANTHRO 64Q, LINGUIST 64Q)
  • NATIVEAM 109A: Federal Indian Law (CSRE 109A)
  • NATIVEAM 115: Introduction to Native American History
  • NATIVEAM 119: History of American Indian Education (EDUC 119S)
  • NATIVEAM 134: Museum Cultures: Material Representation in the Past and Present (AMSTUD 134, ARCHLGY 134, ARCHLGY 234, ARTHIST 284b, CSRE 134, EDUC 214)

I encourage you to discover this valuable program at Stanford and to take advantage of the extraordinary CCSRE-wide community that supports it. I look forward to meeting with you soon to discuss NAS further and hope to see you at upcoming NAS and CCSRE events!

Teresa LaFromboise
Director, NAS
Professor of Education

If you are a student interested in learning more about, or declaring, a major or minor in Native American Studies, please reach out to the CSRE Peer Mentors and/or, CSRE’s Student Services Specialist, Jordan Gray (