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 in class meetings. 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.

Class Dates: Fridays: 12:45–2:15 p.m., September 4–November 13, 2020

There is no fee for this seminar.
Application Process: 
  • (1) Completed application and (2) Possible interviews (you will be notified about interviews via email).
  • You cannot register for the seminar until you receive registration information from Seminars staff.
  • Notification of seminar placement will happen between August 13 and August 17, 2020.
  • 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.
  • No admittance into the seminar after the first seminar class.
  • By submitting the application, you confirm you are in good academic standing.
  • With questions about your application, email

The Fall 2020 Seminars Application is now closed. Please direct questions about participation in CSC Seminars to



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February 2021

Application Open | SSLP 2021
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 (All day)
Social Concerns Fair
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm
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Monday, February 15, 2021 (All day)

March 2021

2021 CST Conference: Justice in the World
Thursday, March 25, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
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