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Indigenous Studies

Oregon State University’s Indigenous Studies Minor is grounded in Indigenous knowledges, methods, and histories.

The Minor:

  • enhances students’ understandings of Indigenous histories and contemporary issues;
  • informs their responsibilities to Indigenous knowledges;
  • demonstrates the centrality of these knowledges for meeting the world’s most pressing challenges;
  • builds skills for supporting Indigenous self-determination and sovereignty;
  • offers engagement in the work of decolonization;
  • and prepares them to work  collaboratively with Indigenous communities and peoples at local, regional, national, and international levels.

Indigenous Studies Minor Requirements




Required Core  
ES 241 *INTRODUCTION TO NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES 4
ES 243 *NATIVE AMERICAN ASSIMILATION AND ACTIVISM 4
or ES 444 NATIVE AMERICAN LAW: TRIBES, TREATIES, AND THE UNITED STATES
ES 345 NATIVE AMERICANS IN OREGON 4
Electives  
Select a minimum of 16 credits from the following courses: 1 16
Agriculture  
AG 301
*ECOSYSTEM SCIENCE OF PACIFIC NW INDIANS  
AG 311
*NATIVE AMERICAN AGRICULTURE  
Anthropology  
ANTH 311
*NORTH AMERICAN NATIVE PEOPLES  
ANTH 317
*PEOPLES OF THE WORLD-PACIFIC  
ANTH 435
CULTURAL RESOURCES: POLICY AND PROCEDURES  
ANTH 447
*ARCTIC PERSPECTIVES ON GLOBAL PROBLEMS  
ANTH 472
CONTEMPORARY NATIVE ISSUES  
English  
ENG 360
*NATIVE AMERICAN LITERATURE  
Ethnic Studies  
ES 243
*NATIVE AMERICAN ASSIMILATION AND ACTIVISM  
ES 260
*INTRODUCTION TO PACIFIC ISLANDS STUDIES  
ES 270
MAKING ALLIANCES AND SOLIDARITIES  
ES 353
*ENVIRONMENTAL RACISM  
ES 360
*INDIGENOUS OCEAN AND COAST  
ES 444
NATIVE AMERICAN LAW: TRIBES, TREATIES, AND THE UNITED STATES  
ES 445
*NATIVE AMERICAN SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY  
ES 453
*ETHNOHISTORY METHODOLOGY  
ES 463
US EMPIRE/IMPERIALISM, SETTLER/COLONIALISM, CAPITALISM/RACE  
ES 464/FCSJ 464
FOOD AND ETHNIC IDENTITY: DECOLONIZING OUR FOOD AND BODY  
History  
HST 348
*INDIGENOUS HISTORY OF LATIN AMERICA  
HST 366
*NATIVE NORTH AMERICA  
Music  
MUS 108
*MUSIC CULTURES OF THE WORLD  
Religious Studies  
REL 448/PHL 448/ES 448
NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHIES  
Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies/Queer Studies  
QS 375/WGSS 375/ES 375
*ARTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE  
QS 472/WGSS 472/ES 472
^INDIGENOUS TWO-SPIRIT AND QUEER STUDIES  
WGSS 319
*FEMINIST DECOLONIZING METHODOLOGIES: SOCIAL JUSTICE RESEARCH  
Total Credits 28
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Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)

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Writing Intensive Course (WIC)

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A minimum of 8 elective credits must be taken at upper-division level

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Indigenous Studies Advising

Heather Arbuckle

Email: Heather.Arbuckle@oregonstate.edu

Contact Indigenous Studies

Waldo Hall 260

2250 SW Jefferson Way

Corvallis, OR 97331

Office: 541-737-1113

Email: natchee.barnd@oregonstate.edu

About Us

The Indigenous Studies Minor was officially approved in Spring 2022. The program was developed in 2020 and 2021by a team of faculty that included (in alpha order) Natchee Barnd, Susan Bernardin, Spirit Brooks, Allison Davis-White Eyes, Qwo-Li Driskill, Patricia Fifita, Blake Hausman, David Lewis, Ron Mize,  Luhui Whitebear. The minor was intentionally housed in Ethnic Studies to ensure its interdisciplinary focus on Indigeneity and the interrogations of settler colonialism, in addition to highlighting the importance of Indigenous Studies to Ethnic Studies analyses and activism, and vice versa.

The minor should also be situated in a much longer timeline/groundwork stretching back to the establishment of the Ethnic Studies Department in 1995. Many of the existing courses (or their current iterations) can be traced to a number of previous faculty and staff, including Linc Kessler (English), Kurt Peters (Ethnic Studies), Deanna Paniataaq Kingston (Anthropology), Allison Davis-White Eyes (Student Affairs), Tony Vogt (Philosophy), Kathleen Dean Moore (Philosophy), Gail Woodside (Agriculture), Samantha Chisholm Hatfield (Agriculture), Margaret Mathewson, and Jan-Michael (Looking Wolf) Reibach (Music).

The intent to draw from both local responsibilities and a broad understanding of Indigeneity included an intentional focus on Pacific Islander communities. OSU, and Oregon more generally, has a long history of Pacific Islander diaspora and presence. The inclusion began many years prior with the inclusion of significant Pacific Islander materials in the introductory level “Native American Studies” course, and was further fueled by student organizing in spring 2016 toward the creation of a stand-along course. Led by Marquina Hofschneider (Chamorro), students asked the department to create a course. The result was ES 260 Introduction to Pacific Islands Studies, a class designed by adjunct faculty Patricia Fifita (Tongan) and offered in spring 2017. Dr. Fifita was later hired as a tenure-track faculty for Ethnic Studies in 2021, as part of an Indigenous Studies cluster hire that also brought in David Lewis (Santiam, Chinook, Takelma- Grand Ronde) as a split faculty line in both Ethnic Studies and Anthropology, and Luhui Whitebear (Coastal Band Chumash) as a School of Language Culture and Society hire (with split duties in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies; Ethnic Studies; and Queer Studies).

In spring 2022, graduating senior Chanti Manon (Ethnic Studies/Art) became the first student at OSU to graduate with the Indigenous Studies minor, having already completed the degree requirements by the time the minor was made official.

Indigenous Studies Faculty

Heather Arbuckle, Head Academic Advisor
Natchee Barnd, Coordinator, Ethnic Studies & Associate Professor
Susan Bernardin, SLCS Director
Spirit Brooks, Affiliated Faculty  
Qwo-Li Driskill, WGSS Graduate Studies Director, Associate Professor
Patricia Fifita, Assistant Professor
Blake Hausman, Instructor
David Lewis, Assistant Professor
Luhui Whitebear, Assistant Professor

Land Acknowledgement

Oregon State University recognizes the impact that its land grant history had on Indigenous communities in Oregon. Through the Morrill Act of 1862, which established land grant universities in the United States, the federal government seized nearly 11 million acres of land from 250 sovereign tribal nations, with little or no compensation.

In 1868, the state legislature designated Corvallis College as Oregon’s land grant institution. Soon after, Oregon received 90,000 acres of federal lands — taken from the Klamath, Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw and Coquille people — to be sold to create an endowment supporting the growth of the new college, which would become Oregon State University.

Oregon State University in Corvallis is located within the traditional homelands of the Marys River or Ampinefu Band of Kalapuya. Following the Willamette Valley Treaty of 1855, Kalapuya people were forcibly removed to reservations in Western Oregon. Today, living descendants of these people are part of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde Community of Oregon and the Confederated Tribes of the Siletz Indians. Indigenous people are valued, contributing members of the Oregon State community and represent multiple sovereign tribes among students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Oregon State University accepts its responsibility for understanding the continuing impact of that history on these communities. Oregon State is committed — in the spirit of self-reflection, learning, reconciliation and partnership — to ensure that this institution of higher learning will be of enduring benefit, not only to the state of Oregon, but also to the people on whose ancestral lands it is now located.