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AMIN 5110 - Principles of Tribal Sovereignty I
(3.0 cr; Prereq-graduate student or #; A-F only, fall, every year)

This course provides students with a general background of the history, development, structure, and politics associated with indigenous governments. We will examine North American indigenous governance from pre-colonial times to the present, focusing on both the evolution and alteration of these governments as well as the difficult political decisions indigenous peoples faced when confronted by the colonizing forces of European states, the U.S., and individual states, and the modifications developed by indigenous nations in their efforts to retain and exercise their sovereign powers.

AMIN 5210 -Tribal Administration and Governance I (Strategic)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-graduate student or #; A-F only, fall, every year)

This course will provide an overview of the integration and application of strategic management principles in tribal governments. Topics will include the development of mission statements, goals, strategies, and approaches to implementation. The course will focus on tribal strategic plans and issues specific to tribes, such as the federal-tribal relationship, tribal constitutions, and tribal ordinances and regulations.

AMIN 5310 - Foundations of Leadership and Ethics in Indigenous Community Life and Organizations
(3.0 cr; Prereq-graduate student or #; A-F only, fall, every year)

This course will develop a general understanding of leadership and ethics. Content will include a survey of basic philosophies, models, figures, and applications to community-based scenarios and institutions. Western scholarship will be contrasted with Indigenous perspectives and lived experience as a means of exploring cultural difference. The role of traditional values and beliefs, internalized oppression, and contemporary community institutional dynamics are core course topics.

AMIN 5120 - Principles of Tribal Sovereignty II
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5110, grad student or #; A-F only, spring, every year)

This course examines the challenges facing tribal governments as they exercise their sovereignty and involves political, economic, and intergovernmental perspectives. Part one examines tribal resource management, analyzing historical use of land, land loss, and contemporary efforts to develop sustainable environmental plans for water, timber, wildlife, and subsurface resources. Part two focuses on the various means tribal governments have devised to exercise sovereignty, such as gaming, small business development, tourism, and joint ventures with partners. Part three concentrates attention at the sub-national level and pays close attention to the political, legal, and economics relationships that have developed between Native nations, state governments, county governments, and municipal entities.

AMIN 5220 - Tribal Administration and Governance II (Operations)
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5210, graduate student or #; A-F only, spring, every year)

This course will provide an overview of organizational management theories with an emphasis on tribal governments. It will focus on the various types of tribal governments, the role of tribal managers, tribal management functions, communications processes, and management information systems design and development. It will also explore different models of delivering services on reservations, including the direct federal service model, the 638 contact model, and the self-governance compact.

AMIN 5320 - 
Applied Leadership and Ethics in an Indigenous Organizational Context
(3.0 cr; Prereq-5310 or #; A-F only, spring, every year)

This course explores leadership and ethics in an applied context. Students will explore what it means to be an effective ethical leader from a personal and community-based perspective. This involves a critical study of organizational culture and systems-based change processes. Case studies will be used to facilitate exploration and analysis. Reflecting on theories and philosophies of ethics and leadership, students will identify a personal leadership style, and determine what it means to be a decolonized leader in contemporary community life.

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