Native American Studies Graduate Certificate Program


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Native  American  



Studies  Graduate  

Certificate  Program

 

Native  American  Studies  Online    

at  Montana  State  University-­‐Bozeman  

Introductions  

Kristin  Ruppel,  PhD  

Faculty  Graduate  Coordinator  

NAS  Online  Program  Chair  

Department  of  Native  American  Studies  

Montana  State  University-­‐Bozeman  

Email   ktruppel@montana.edu    

Office   (406)  994-­‐5261  

Cell   (406)  600-­‐0369    

 Please  leave  a  message  if  I  don’t  answer!  

 

The  Instructors  (currently)  

Here  today:  

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Francine  Spang-­‐Willis,  MA  

NASX  550-­‐Native  America:  Dispelling  the  Myths  

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Caroline  Running  Wolf  ,  MA  

NASX  524-­‐Contemporary  Issues  in  American  Indian  Studies  

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The  Instructors  (currently)  



Not  here  today,  but  you  can  meet  them  at  the  

IEFA  Professional  Development  Workshop  at  

MSU-­‐Bozeman,  on  Oct.  28

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Michelle  Baumflek,  PhD  

NASX  415-­‐Native  Food  Systems  

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Erin  Koester  Tusell,  MA  

NASX  530-­‐Federal  Indian  Law  &  Policy  

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Josh  Mori,  MA  

NASX  491-­‐Activism  &  Indigeneity  

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Carol  Miller,  PhD  

NASX  553-­‐Indigenous  Literature  &  the  West  

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Jioanna  Carjuzaa,  PhD  

NASX554-­‐Indian  Education  for  All:  A  Model  

for  Culturally  Responsive  Pedagogy  in  

Practice  

Others  here  today  

To  give  student  and  administrative  perspectives:  

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Megan  Singer    

Masters  student,  Native  American  Studies  (MSU)  

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Francesca  Pine  

Graduate  Program  Coordinator  

Native  American  Studies  (MSU)  

History  

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Launched  to  help  fulfill    

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NAS  Department’s  Mission  of  outreach  to  tribal  communities  

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IEFA  mandate  

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First  online  course  offered  spring  2009  

(and  annually  ever  since)

   

NASX  550-­‐Native  America:  Dispelling  the  Myths  

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Online  Graduate  Certificate  Program  launched  spring  2010  

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Only  program  of  its  kind  in  the  known  universe!  

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Asynchronous  courses  

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12  graduate  credits,  all  available  online  

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Grad  CertificateàMasters  Degree  

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Option  to  transfer  credits  into  low  residency  Master  of  Arts  

Degree  Program  in  Native  American  Studies  

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Requires  two  semesters  on  campus  in  Bozeman  

 

The  Courses  (currently)  

NASX  550  Native  

America:  Dispelling  

the  Myths  

Francine  Spang-­‐Willis  

MEA-­‐MFT  Educators



 



Conference  

Billings,  MT  

October  16,  2015  

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Introduction  



Francine Spang-Willis, MA                                                                                              !

Appearing Flying Woman                                                                                            

Northern Cheyenne                                                                                                            AI/

AN Student Success Program Coordinator!

American Indian Council Co-Advisor                                                                !

NASX 550 Native America: Dispelling the Myths Instructor                                                                                                                                       

Native American Studies Department!

Montana State University-Bozeman

Email: francine.spangwillis@montana.edu 

Telephone: (406) 994-5529

 

 

NASX  550  Native  America:    

Dispelling  the  Myths  

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Course  Description  

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Course    Content  &  Objectives  

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Course  Structure    

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Required  &  Recommend  Text  

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Course  Assignments  &  Evaluation    

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Weekly  Discussions  

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Creative  Project  

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MSU  IRB  Training  (CITI)  

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Exempt  Protocol  

Content  

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The  Other  

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Myths  Covered  

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The  Stoic  Indian  

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Using  Indians  as  Mascots  is  a  

Way  of  Honoring  them  

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They  Lost,  We  Won…Why  Cant  

They  Just  Get  Over  It  

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Treaties  Are  Outmoded,  Old  

Things  

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We  Gave  Them  Reservations  

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Indians  Get  Free  Money  

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Indian  Receive  A  Free  college  

Education  

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They  All  Speak  Indian  

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Indians  Dont  Pay  Taxes  

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Students  

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Fall  2015  

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3  Professors  

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K-­‐12  School  Teachers  

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MA  student  

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Doctoral  Student/Yale  PhD  Graduate  

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OPI  Employee  

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D2L    

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https://ecat1.montana.edu/  

Contemporary  

Issues

 

Native  American  Studies  Online    

at  Montana  State  University-­‐Bozeman  

Why  a  Course  on    

Contemporary  Issues?  

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Stereotypes  obscure  our  perception  of  Native  

Americans  

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Native  Americans  are  expected  to  be  “frozen  in  

time”    

 

 

 

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Native  nations,  communities,  and  peoples  

are  living  contemporary  lives.    

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Goals  of  the  Course  

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The  course  is  an  informative  overview  of    

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contemporary  political,  economic,  social,  

and  cultural  issues  facing  Native  America  

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Focus  on  tribal  nations  in  Montana  

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Include  effects  beyond  the  initial  focus  

 

 

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This  course  serves  as  an  entry  point  for  

further  discussion  and  research  

What  to  expect  

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Learning  Platform:  Desire2Learn  /  Brightspace  

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Most  resources  available  online    

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Online  discussions  

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Online  group  work  

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Projects  

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Essays  and  other  assignments  

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Quizzes  and  tests  

My  influence  on  the  course  content  

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Enrolled  Crow,  part  German  

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Master  project  “Expat  Indians”  (film  trailer)  

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Involved  in  MILP  2014  (Crow  and  N.  Cheyenne)  

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Co-­‐Founder  /  Executive  Director  “Buffalo  Tongue”  

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Passionate  about  Indigenous  language  

revitalization  

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Prior  international  remote  tutoring  (Mongolia).  

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Tutoring  an  online  student  



in  Mongolia  

Challenges:    

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Cultural  underpinnings  

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Experiences  and  Education  

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English  as  a  second  language  

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Time  difference:  +14  hours!  

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Internet  connection  &  blackouts  

Success!  

Meg  Singer  

NAS  Graduate  

Student  

So  you’ve  decided  to  start  the  

certificate  program,  now  what?    

My  Experience  

Faculty  

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Dr.  Matt  Herman  

 

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Dr.  Kristin  Ruppel  

 

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Graduate  Program  

Advisor  

Courses  

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Dispelling  the  Myths  

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Federal  Indian  Law  

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Montana  Indians  

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Indigenous  

Literatures  of  the  

West  

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What  to  Expect  in  a  



Course  

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A  whopping  Time  



Commitment  

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Community  of  



learners  from  

different  

backgrounds  

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A  space  of  



decolonization  

&  self-­‐realization  

 

 

Society  of  

American  Indian  

Graduate  Students  

Film  Screenings  

Academic  Journal  

Meetings  

Presenting  research:  

PFAS,  Night  of  Talk  

Conferences:  NAISA  

How  to  Apply  for  the  Certificate/

Masters  Program  

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Bachelors  Degree  and  3.0  G.P.A.  are  Required  

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A  GRE  Exam/Letters  of  Recommendation  are  not  Required  

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Note:  3  Letter  of  Recommendation  are  reqd  for  MA  Program  

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Rolling  Admission,  apply  anytime,  but  give  us  4  weeks  to  process  

the  application  

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Application  is  fully  online  (one-­‐time  $60  fee)  

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Can  log  in/out  of  the  app,  so  no  need  to  finish  it  all  in  one  sitting  

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6  years  to  complete  the  12  credits  from  the  semester  you  start.  

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Required  Documents  for  the  App  

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Online  application  (  one-­‐time  $60  fee)  

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Original,  Certified  (and  sealed)  Transcripts  

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Requested  to  be  sent  from  the  institution  directly  the  Dept.  

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Attn:  Francesca  Pine  

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Personal  Statement/Statement  of  Purpose  

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Two  Academic  Writing  Samples,  that  demonstrate  

research  capabilities  

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CV  or  Resume  

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All  documents  can  be  uploaded  directly  into  the  app.  

Masters  Degree  in  

Native  American  Studies  

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Thesis  (31  credits)  or  Professional  Paper  (30  credits)  

options  

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Low-­‐Residency,  only  need  to  be  on-­‐campus  for  two  

semesters,  for  three  required  courses,  the  remaining  

credits  can  be  done  at-­‐distance  

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With  the  credits  from  the  certificate,  you  are  nearly  half-­‐

done!  

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Graduate  Teaching  Assistant  Positions  available!      

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Approx.  $5,120/semester,  help  with  NASX  105  

Certificate  à  Masters  is  Easy!  

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You  have  already  put  in  your  application!  No  Fee!  

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We  just  need  those  3  letters  of  recommendation.  

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From  academic  sources  

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Have  them  emailed  directly  to  me  (Francesca)  

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To  get  all  12  credits  counted,  apply  before  your  4

th

 class  

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If  you  finish  the  certificate,  then  apply  later,  9  credits  will  

be  transferred  to  the  MA  program  

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Contact  Info  

Francesca Pine 

Graduate Program Coordinator 

Native American Studies Department 

Montana State University-Bozeman 

(406)994-3881 

francesca.pine@montana.edu 

www.montana.edu/wwwnas 



 

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