American Indian Studies

Native - Related Courses at Northwestern University
Other Information about American Indian Issues


Student Groups

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Fall, 2015 Courses

Sand Creek Massacre


Previous courses


Event/News Archive


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


October 12 is Indigenous Peoples' Day

November is Native American Heritage Month

Chicago Event calendar - at Chicago T7Kids


American Indian Center of Chicago on Facebook -see especially "upcoming events"


One Book One Northwestern - events throughout the year


Sand Creek Massacre Commemoration

Saturday, November 21

Sponsored by Native American and Indigenous Student Alliance (NAISA)

and Multicultural Student Affairs


Panel on Historical Trauma

January 7, 2016

Discussant: Lindsay Chase Lansdale (Northwestern University)


Ramona Beltrán (University of Denver)

Megan Bang, Karina Walters (University of Washington)

Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart (University of New Mexico)


January 8 - Keynote

Karina Walters (Indigenous Wellness Center, University of Washington)

Sponosored by WCAS - details forthcoming


Coll Thrush

Department of History, University of British Columbia

"Historical Memory and Indigenous London”

February 16, 2016

5:00 pm, University Hall 201

Sponsored by the Department of English



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: Bethany Hughes and Scott Leydon.



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



Fall, 2015 Courses

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, Global Studies and American Studies

Are you aware of relevant courses not listed here? 

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For more information about specific classes listed below,

please contact the instructor or department.



GBL HLTH 305 Global Health and Indigenous Medicine

Noelle Sullivan

Medical pluralism-therapeutic landscapes within which multiple healing forms exist simultaneously-is largely the norm throughout many places in the world, and in those places, patients may choose healers or non-biomedical therapies instead of biomedical care, or in conjunction with this care. This seminar course explores a diversity of so-called `indigenous' medical systems and forms of healing around the world, and their significance within the places where global health initiatives are often implemented or where biomedical supremacy is assumed. Drawing on mostly contemporary examples, this course will explore healing encounters in Africa, Latin America, Asia, and also in Europe and North America that involve so-called `indigenous' or `traditional' medicine. Questions we will explore include: Why do patients choose `indigenous' medicine over biomedicine? Why do these so-called `traditional' medical practices and healers endure despite public health and biomedical interventions? How do non-biomedical therapeutic practices approach the body, illness, health, and healing? How has globalization impacted how, where, and among whom these healing forms are practiced?

GBL HLTH 390/ANTHRO 390 Native American Health

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.

HIST 395 The Serpent's Tail: Writing Native Histories of the Americas

Forrest Hylton


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 or Facebook.

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 collection.



updated - 10-7-15