HI370 The American Indian

for F2J 2007

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HI 370 The American Indian


F2J 2007 IN


Vlahos, Clare


Senior Adjunct Professor


PH.D University of Kansas
M.PH University of Kansas
M.A. University of Iowa

Daytime Phone

(816) 478-9019



Semester Dates

October 22 - December 16, 2007

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours


Albert L. Hurtado and Peter Iverson, EDS:   Major Problems in American Indian History, 2nd ed. Houghton Mifflin, 2001 0618068546

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Course Description:
Using Indian and white sources, this course attempts to reconstruct life in selected Indian tribes before the onslaught of the whites and studies the conflict between Native Americans and Euro-American cultures.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
-Small group discussions for student analysis and preparation for general discussions. -Videos detailing specific historical issues. -In-class written examinations. -Oral student in-class presentations summarizing and evaluating the focal discussed in research papers. -Discussion of research being undertaken in student research papers. -Review of material for  examinations. -One guest lecture on a pertinent issue.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the basic values and social structures of the following tribes: Sioux, Iroquois, Winnebago and Pueblo Indians;
  2. Explain the dynamics of social and structural change within a tribe resulting from outside pressures;
  3. Compare the nature of the conflict between Indians and “American” cultures; and
  4. Develop a sense of the aesthetics of American Indian cultures, art, decoration, myths, and music.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes
  1. -Utilize the method of history.
  2. -Employ the discipline, methods and tradition of historical research.
  3. -Construct a framework for the historical development of U. S. governmental policy toward American Indians.
  4. -Formulate the development of American and Indian interactions from the Indian perspective.
  5. -Analyze the diversity of American Indian cultures.
  6. -Critical Literacy:  To formulate and evaluate historical explanations.
  7. -Civil Literacy:  To evaluate U. S. governmental policies towards its citizens.
  8. -Values Literacy:  To evaluate moral and religious understandings of American Indian and Euro-American traditions.
Core Assessment:

Class Assessment:
-Two in-class examinations containing short answer questions and an essay.  Each examinatiion will cover the material on one-half of the course. -Class attendance -A research project of 10 pages involving research in American Indian History approved in advance by the instructor. -A presentation in class based on the above research. -Regular class discussion based on the reading assignments. Research Paper: Topic:  Examination of American Indian History or Culture Length:  10 pages Content:  The paper should examine a single period or event                 of American Indian history or one aspect of Indian                 culture:  religious, ethical, social, economic, or demographic. Requirements:   -Bibliography of 5 or more books or journals in addition to internet sources.   All items must have a listed author, sufficient information to be located, and be presented in a consistent format.  Footnotes, endnotes, or textual citations are also required.

Grades will be based on the accumulation of points.  Each of the two examinations containing short answer questions and an essay will be worth 100 points.  Each examination will cover the material on one-half of the course.  Class attendance and participation will be worth 25 points.  The research paper and oral presentation will be worth 75 points for a total of 300 points. A = 270-300 points B = 240-269 points C = 210-239 points D = 180-209 points F = 179 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late assignments will receive a reduced grade.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Assignments are due the date listed on the syllabus.  Students should contact the instructor in advance if unable to attend class. Pagers and/or cell phones:  Pagers and cell phones are banned during the class period.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

& Date







Early Contacts


Conflict of Cultures

The Indian and His Homeland

Discuss requirements & syllabus


American Indians

H:  171-181,205,206,207-217

Indian Leaders


Research Topic Investigation


Gender and Family

H:  149-160,140,142,234,236,257-274

American Indian Religions

Seasons of a Navajo

Student research topics due, Review


Conflict on the Plains

H:  285-299,299-311


Roads across the Plains

Review, Exam, Research bibliography & prospectus due



H:  322-332, 349,351,360-371

Education and Indian Culture

In the White Man's Images

Student research


Government Relations

H:  410-417,388,393,433-443

Evolution of Government Policy

Attack on Cultures

Student reports


Activism & Identity

H:  472-484,457,492,503-514


Primal Mind

Student reports


Future Prospects


American or Indian History


Exam, Research papers due

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  7. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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