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> > New ASU American Indian Studies master’s program offers chances to
> > work with tribes, grooms future Native American leaders
> > TEMPE (May 7, 2012) – Students who enroll in the new American
> > Indian Studies master’s program at Arizona State University this
> > fall will delve into studies aimed at providing a comprehensive
> > view of Native American life with the opportunity to work directly
> > with tribes.
> > “The degree includes a number of different disciplines. It gives
> > students an opportunity to focus on Indian concerns from an
> > interdisciplinary perspective. It grounds students in Native
> > American knowledge and experiences,” said John Tippeconnic,
> > American Indian Studies director. “American Indian Studies focuses
> > on American Indian people and tribes, their experiences over time
> > and into the future.”
> > Broadening the scope of American Indian Studies at ASU is a natural
> > extension in Arizona where there are 22 tribes and one quarter of
> > the land mass is Native American land.
> > “Indian student numbers at ASU have really grown. There are a lot
> > of smart and creative young people here,” Tippeconnic said. “The
> > master’s of science degree takes American Indian Studies to the
> > next level and advances our vision of becoming the leading Indian
> > studies program in the nation.”
> > American Indian students who enroll in the program will gain a
> > better sense of who they are, what came before them and what is to
> > come in the future. Learning about the past and transitioning to
> > the future can lead to the next generation of leaders in Indian
> > country, Tippeconnic said.
> > “This program is evidence of how much American Indian Studies has
> > matured as an academic field over the past four decades since
> > emerging in the late 1960s. The program is also proof that
> > additional graduate level opportunities are needed, especially for
> > the American Indian student population, which continues to grow and
> > is hungry for new ideas, new faculty and new courses, which will
> > enable them to deal with a rapidly changing indigenous world,” said
> > David Martinez, American Indian Studies associate professor.
> > Ten American Indian Studies faculty members – who are all members
> > of tribal nations – will teach the initial courses that emphasize
> > research, academics and opportunities to work with tribes. Students
> > have the option of writing a thesis for their final topic or opting
> > for the professional option where they work on concerns within a
> > Native American community or organization.
> > “We hope to improve the quality of life within communities,”
> > Tippeconnic said.
> > The master’s program is open to all ASU students who qualify and
> > will initially start with a cohort of 10 students. Concentrations
> > offered for the American Indian Studies master’s of science degree
> > are: visual and oral culture where students explore and contribute
> > to American Indian culture and history through creative writing,
> > literature, poetry, film, photography, performing arts and other
> > means of communication; indigenous rights and social justice that
> > explores historical dimensions of colonization on American Indian
> > political, economic and cultural institutions; cultural and
> > resource revitalization and sustainability, focusing on development
> > and implementation of American-Indian cultural resources management
> > processes and analysis; and tribal leadership and governance.
> > “This program promises to produce leaders and scholars who are well
> > versed in such issues as sovereignty, self-determination, religious
> > freedom, traditional knowledge and human rights,” said James Riding
> > In, American Indian Studies associate professor.
> > The deadline to apply for the new program is May 25.
> > Contact:
> > Julie Newberg
> > Arizona State University
> > Media Relations
> > Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org
> > (480) 727-3116
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