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Great Tribal Leaders of Modern Times

Date: January 21, 2006

A Community Discussion in Four Saturday Sessions on January 21, February 18, March 18, and April 8, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

This seminar is based on videotaped oral history interviews of American Indian tribal leaders from across the United States. The focus is on modern leaders who have worked to preserve tribal self-determination, treaty rights, and tribes’ constitutionally protected status as sovereign governments.

Today there are more than 550 federally recognized Indian tribes. The continuing survival and resilience of tribes is a remarkable and little-known aspect of recent American history. Individual leaders and the evolution of tribal governments in meeting overwhelming challenges are recurring themes in the Great Tribal Leaders course. Powerful personal stories bring historical themes alive.

The seminar series spans the fields of political science, American history, Native American studies, multicultural studies, and sociology. The series is taught by Elizabeth Furse, Director of the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University and former Congresswoman from Oregon’s first district, with Kay Reid, Oral Historian.

Each Saturday session will include the viewing of several videos, with ample time for discussion and reflection.

Registration is available by single seminar or those interested in the entire series may register for all four Saturday seminars. Participants wishing to earn continuing education credit for the class will be required to attend all sessions and complete two short papers.

Discussions include:

The Basics of Federal Indian Law
Northwest Tribes
The Navajo Nation
Instructor: Elizabeth Furse and Kay Reid
Noncredit/PDU: $65 single session, 7 hours, $250 series, 30 hours
Continuing education credit: CEED/CESS 866, 2 semester hours, $660

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