American Indian Treaties, Laws, and Indian Policies
POSC 278 - American Indian Treaties, Laws, and Indian Policies3 hours This course is intended to provide a foundation of understanding treaties, laws, and public policies that directly relate to the history of Native Americans in North America. The first portion of the course will involve a study of public policies and tribal relations during the colonial period of North America: tribal traditional structure, the concepts of discovery and manifest destiny. The core of this course will begin with the three Supreme Court decisions of the 1830’s that constitute the Marshall Trilogy and will include: federal trust responsibility as defined by the American Indians, what it means in relation to international law, and how it has been selectively applied to the native people. We will study the foundation of federal Indian law; removal, reservation, and treaty making; allotment and assimilation; Indian reorganization; and termination. Topics will include Indian self-determination, self-governance, Indian health, Indian education, and tribal economic development. We will discuss religious traditions and the transformation of American Indian tribes with the introduction of Christianity, which founded boarding schools to “civilize” Indian children.This course will satisfy the multicultural core requirement.