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American Indian Studies


UMD launches the Tribal Administration and Governance (TAG) bachelor of art's degree starting Fall 2015 Read more...



American Indian Studies is an academic department continuing a robust four-decade legacy in which active scholars serve to educate students, colleagues, and the public about tribal sovereignty, indigenous cultures, and the historical and contemporary experiences of Native peoples and nations. In addition to building strong relationships with Tribes within our geographic area, we work to fulfill our responsibility to all Native nations through consultation, partnerships, and research.

We have several exceptional programs including a B.A. in Tribal Administration and Governance, a B.A. in American Indian Studies, an undergraduate minor in American Indian Studies, and a Masters in Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG). In addition, AIS established the Tribal Sovereignty Institute (TSI) in 2012. The TSI engages with Native nations on research projects, offers certificates, and is building the capacity to offer scholarships.
 

AIS Faculty pictured from left to right: Jill Doerfler, Edward Minnema, Linda LeGarde Grover,
Erik Redix, Tadd Johnson, Joseph Bauerkemper


A bachelors of art's degree in American Indian studies is designed to give students a broad background while allowing concentrated study in an area(s) of interest. The core of the program includes study in Ojibwe language, historical and contemporary foundations, politics and law, art and literature, and societies and cultures. Majors and minors develop skills in analytical and critical thinking as well as verbal and written communication. They acquire knowledge of historical and contemporary American Indian experiences, cultures, and (inter)governmental affairs. Additionally, students may focus their area of study in Ojibwe language.

The Tribal Administration & Governance (TAG) bachelor of art's degree, delivered entirely online, is designed to study the governance of Indian tribes and the administration of Indian reservations. The curriculum is based on studying the interrelationships between federal and tribal governments and the methods used by Native nations to administer programs. Students will learn the history of federal-tribal-state relations; learn the roles of tribal leaders and administrators; and learn the laws, policies, and issues that impact tribal governments.