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American Indian History
Course: HIS140

First Term: 2023 Fall
Lecture   3.0 Credit(s)   3.0 Period(s)   3.0 Load  
Subject Type: Academic
Load Formula: S - Standard Load

Description: Survey of American Indian history with emphasis on the last 200 years. Focuses on cultural, economic, political and social continuity and changes. Topics include how federal policies impacted and were shaped by Indigenous peoples and how Indigenous individuals, communities, and nations have maintained cultural identity and sovereignty.

MCCCD Official Course Competencies
1. Identify Indigenous cultures and the stereotypes of Indigenous peoples evolving from European perspectives. (I, II, IV)
2. Analyze the various ways in which Indigenous peoples identified and organized themselves in relation to pre- and post-colonial contact, including inherent sovereignty. (II-IV)
3. Analyze historical and cultural impacts of federal Indian policy throughout United States history. (II-IV)
4. Understand how Indigenous peoples actively shaped and continue to shape history, policy, governments, and the world. (I-IV)
5. Examine current issues confronting Indigenous people and communities as well as how tribal nations practice their sovereignty. (IV)
MCCCD Official Course Competencies must be coordinated with the content outline so that each major point in the outline serves one or more competencies. MCCCD faculty retains authority in determining the pedagogical approach, methodology, content sequencing, and assessment metrics for student work. Please see individual course syllabi for additional information, including specific course requirements.
MCCCD Official Course Outline
I. Stereotypes
   A. Their origins and examples
   B. Present-day activism, including to end the use of Indigenous mascots
II. Early days to removal
   A. Development in America before Europeans
   B. Indigenous nations
   C. Arrival of Europeans
   D. Indigenous nations in the colonial era and interactions with Spain, Great Britain, and France
   E. The American Revolution
   F. Indigenous nations` interactions with a new nation
      1. Sovereignty (e.g., wampum)
      2. Treaties
      3. Diplomacy
   G. Removal policy
III. 1840s to the 1920s
   A. Reservation policy
   B. Overview of the westward expansion
      1. US expansion
      2. Expansion of Indigenous peoples (e.g., Sioux)
   C. Developments in the Southwest
   D. Assimilation
      1. Allotment policy
      2. Boarding schools
   E. Acculturation
   F. World War I and the early 1920s
IV. 1930s to the present
   A. Indian New Deal
   B. World War II
   C. Termination and relocation
   D. Indigenous activism and self-determination
   E. Self-determination policy
   F. Current issues
      1. Identity
      2. Sovereignty
      3. Treaty rights and water rights
MCCCD Governing Board Approval Date: February 28, 2023

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