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This website provides a central source for information

about courses at Northwestern University that are related to American Indian issues as well as information about local organizations, museums, and events.

Please also see the Office of the Provost website on Native American Inclusion
and the One Book One Northwestern site for 2015-2016
featuring The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King


Chicago Event calendar - at Chicago T7Kids

May, 2015

NU Legal Studies Lecture Series

Native Americans and the Law: Sovereignty, Citizenship, and Society

May 5 -David Nichol, Professor of History, Indiana State

May 14 - LindsayRobertson, Law Professor and the director of the University of Oklahoma’s Center for the Study of American Indian Law and Policy


May 17 (Sunday)

Inaugural Native and Indigenous Community Dinner

Guild Lounge, 6:00-8:00pm


May 23 (Saturday)

American Indian Center of Chicago

hosts a book reading at 1:00 by

University of Montana professors Rosalyn LaPier & David Beck



NU Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance

For Native and other interested students

(formed in 2011-2012)

Faculty advisor: Doug Medin

For more information contact

Wilson Smith (NAISA President) at


Colloquium on Indigeneity and Native American Studies

The Graduate School

Contact: Chad Infante and Bethany Hughes.



Maple Tapping, 2015

NorthbyNorthwestern (Kristin Mathuny)


Piecing Together: The American Indian Center of Chicago

and Northwestern's New Maple Tree Tapping Partnership

(Angela Little) 

Vocalo Storytellers' Workshop in Chicago


One Book One Northwestern Announces book for 2015-16

The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King



Spring, 2015 Classes

Be sure to check this website before registering for next quarter's classes to see the latest offerings

Classes originate in many departments, including

Psychology, Religion, Anthropology, History, American Studies and African American Studies

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For more information about specific classes listed below,

please contact the instructor or department.



Native American Health | GBL HLTH 390/ANTHRO 390 | Mondays & Wednesdays | 11:00am – 12:20pm

Native Americans experience significant disparities in health and in access to health care. This course introduces students to Native American health by exploring the social, cultural, political, and environmental determinants influencing Native health both historically and today. This course is a reading intensive, discussion-based seminar, drawing upon research and contributions from a variety of disciplines including anthropology, sociology, history, American Indian studies, population and public health, and medicine. Some seminar topics will include Native medicine, infectious diseases and the Columbian Exchange, Federal obligations to Native communities, substance abuse, intergenerational/historic trauma, environmental health, and indigenous health globally.


If you’d like to take this course, please send an e-mail to:

Chelsea Ducharme, MPH| Global Health Program Assistant.

with a short description about why you are interested. Our academic directors have decided that this group of students will have preference in registration, so please do let Chelsea know at your earliest convenience. The course description is also listed here.

Legal Studies 376-0-20: How the Indians Lost Their Land
Prof. Susan Stearns, TuTh 2:00PM - 3:20PM, Technological Institute LG72

This course examines the role of the law in the process by which the indigenous people of North America came to be dispossessed from 1492 until the 1860s. We will focus on the legal doctrine of "Terra Nullius," the ecological and ideological ramifications of the imposition of private property, the signing of treaties, the role of the courts and the role of the state in removing Indians from their lands. At the same time, we will explore ideas and concepts central to American Indian history. This course will include three visits by prominent scholars in the field.

Global Health and Indigenous Medicine - GBL HLTH 305 Noelle Sullivan   Thursdays 1-3:50, 555 Clark Room 220. 

Medical pluralism—therapeutic landscapes within which multiple healing modalities exist

simultaneously—is largely the norm throughout many places in the world. In those places,

people may choose healers or non-biomedical therapies instead of biomedical care, or even use multiple types of healers and therapies simultaneously. This seminar course explores a diversity of so-called ‘indigenous’ or ‘traditional’ medical practices and forms of healing around the world, and their significance within various contexts. The course also delves into encounters between global health interventions, biomedicine, and other forms of healing in places characterized by medical pluralism. Questions we will explore include: In what ways do non-biomedical therapeutic practices approach the body, illness, health, and healing? Why do these so-called ‘traditional’ medical practices and healers endure despite public health and biomedical interventions? How has globalization impacted how, where, and among whom these healing forms are practiced? How do patients, families, and healers balance biomedical and nonbiomedical options in their quest for health and healing? How do biomedicine and other healing modalities interact, and how do they influence one another?


While this course does not explicitly cover Native American medicine in any depth, it is related to Native American issues.

HIST 492-0-20: Native Americans in the Age of Revolutions
Forrest Hylton
Tuesdays, 2:30-5:30


Sand Creek Massacre


Learn about Northwestern's research on the Sand Creek Massacre by the

John Evans Study Committee

and about next steps by the Native American Outreach and Inclusion Task Force

Read the Outreach and Inclusion Task Force report issued November 17, 2014, HERE

Provost's Office status report, February 11, 2015 HERE


Find out about community events and the American Indian community in Chicago by

visiting the American Indian Center website.

Visit the Mitchell Museum of the American Indian in Evanston.

See the Newberry Library's D'Arcy McNickle Center for Indigenous Studies webpage to view their program offerings and to explore their extensive American Indian and Indigenous Studies collecti




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