Indigenous Communities

Social Concerns Seminar
CSC 33303

American Indian communities have experienced the impact of colonialism since the start of European contact. This course looks to trace the relationship of that contact and the impact it has had on Native American communities and societies; in particular the Red Lake Ojibwe Nation. We will study how the communities interacted with each other, and how race plays a role in that interaction, as do notions of class and gender. 

Most importantly when working with Native communities is that it cannot be an extractive industry. Instead we need to make sure that Native people are not talked about, but rather that Native people are consulted with a great deal when we are learning about their history, community, and culture. To this end, this course will provide ample opportunities to learn from Native people both in class meetings and the immersion experience.  Just as Native history is covered in the course, this class will have an equal focus on the modern Native experience and the current topics of education, sovereignty, and cultural identity. 

Recently, Native American experiences were addressed in the US bishops pastoral letter on racism “Open Wide Our Hearts”. We will engage this letter as we also consider the complex role of Catholic education offered to Native communities, especially the one we will visit on Red Lake Nation. 

Immersion Dates: Fall Break, 2021

Class Dates: Fridays: 1:00–2:15 p.m., September 17–November 19, 2021

This course requires an application. Learn more and apply using the link below.

Application Process: 

  • (1) Completed application and (2) Possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • Registration approval will be granted by the department upon acceptance into the Seminar.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen before the University deadline to register through NOVO.
  • If you are not selected for participation in your first choice of seminars, you will be given the opportunity to participate in another seminar if there is still availability.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • For admitted students, the cost for this seminar is charged to your student account upon completion of the immersion. Full seminar fee will be charged for all withdrawals on or after the second date of the seminar class session.
  • Contact for inquiries regarding financial assistance. 
  • With questions about your application, email

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