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RM282: Power, Place, and Protest in the West

This two-block, team-taught course will introduce first-year students to historical and sociological approaches to indigenous history and identity, from the discovery doctrine to Standing Rock, in the region where we live — a region we now call the American West. As scholars of American history (Amy Kohout) and Indigenous studies (Dwanna Robertson), it matters to us to begin by recognizing that the place we now call home is also the traditional homeland of Ute people, and sometimes the Cheyenne, Arapaho, Navajo, and Apache peoples. Much of the American history we learn as young people moves westward and uncritically embraces narratives of “discovery” and “exploration.” This course, by contrast, begins in indigenous homelands, and through a range of texts and disciplinary approaches, considers Native identity, settler colonialism, federal Indian policy, the American Indian Movement, and both historical and contemporary depictions of Native people, from the portraits of Edward Curtis to the mascots of professional sports teams.