Maricopa Community Colleges  AIS140   20002-99999 

Official Course Description:  MCCCD Approval: 10-26-1999

AIS140  2000 Spring – 2001 Fall

LEC  3.0 Credit(s)  3.0 Period(s)  3.0 Load  Acad

American Indian History

Survey of American Indian history with emphasis on the last 200 years including developments in the 20th century. Focuses on selected groups such as the Cherokee, Iroquois Confederation, Navajo, Sioux and Indians of the Southwest in relation to cultural, economic, political and social continuity and changes. Topics include development and influence of federal policies, past and present issues confronting Native Americans and how Native American individuals and communities maintain their identities as they confront social changes.

Prerequisites: None.

Cross-References:  HIS140


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MCCCD Official Course Competencies:


AIS140  2000 Spring – 2001 Fall

American Indian History



Identify and describe development among Native American peoples prior to the arrival of non-Indians.(I)


Identify and explain the emergent issues and views that were a result of initial contact between Native Americans and non- Indians.(I)


Analyze the impact of European colonial empires on Indian nations.(I)


Describe the relations between the United States and Native Americans during the Revolution and the early Republic.(I)


Explain the rationale for and the impact of the removal of Indian nations from the East.(I)


Present an overview of the westward expansion including its effects on American Indians.(II)


Describe the relations between non-Indians and American Indians in the West.(II)


Analyze the origins and ramifications of federal assimilation policies.(II-III)


Describe the impact of adaptations on Indian communities and on Indians as individuals.(II-III)


Identify and describe major developments affecting American Indians during the years between 1920 and 1950.(II-III)


Describe federal termination and relocation policies during the 1950's and early 1960's.(III)


Identify and describe major historical developments in Indian law.(I-III)


Identify and describe major developments affecting American Indians during the years between 1960 and the present.(III)


Identify and describe major issues currently confronting American Indian communities and American Indian peoples.(III)


Describe the relevance of the historical perspective to and increased understanding of modern developments within Native American communities and among Native American peoples.(I- III)

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AIS140  2000 Spring – 2001 Fall

American Indian History


I. Early Days to Removal

A. Development in America before non-Indians

B. Arrival of Europeans

1. Initial encounters

2. Emergent issues

2. Emergent views

C. Native American Nations in the Colonial era

1. Impact of Spain

2. Impact of Great Britain

3. Impact of France

D. The American Revolution: Focus on the Iroquois Confederation

E. Indian nations vs. a new nation

F. Removal from the East: Focus on the Cherokee Nation

II. 1840's to the 1920's

A. Overview of the westward expansion

B. The Sioux Nation: Dakotas, Nakotas and Lakotas

C. Developments in the Southwest: Pueblos and Navajo

D. Beginning of assimilation: Wounded Knee

E. From American Indians to Indian Americans: At home in America?

F. Adaptations

1. Impact on Indian communities

2. Impact on Individual identities

G. World War I and the early 1920's

III. 1920's to the present

A. Attempts to reform Indian Policy

1. John Collier: Late 1920's-early 1930's

2. John Collier, Indian "New Deal" and World War II

B. Termination and relocation

C. Developments in Indian law

D. Indian activism and self-determination

E. Current Issues

1. Identity

2. Sovereignty

3. Other


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