Indigenous Nations Studies at Portland State University aims to provide the best possible educational experiences for our students through excellence in teaching, research, creative activity and service to the state, tribes and society.
Welcome and Greetings to Fall Term 2013-2014
Welcome to another exciting new academic year at Portland State University. It's hard for me to believe that this is my sixth year here at PSU. Time indeed has flown by and so has the many memories of wonderful stories of student success. With the change of academic terms, so does the change of seasons. As we move from the summertime sunshine to the fall, so does all our relatives: the four-legged, the winged ones, the water beings and all those in the unseen world.We need all of their medicines to live happy and harmonious lives.
Again, I am delighted to teach fall term 2013, Tribal Critical Theory. TCRT is a course that I've always wanted to take as a college student but never could because there was never a course as such in all the universities that I attended across the country. Here too at PSU, this is a critical thinking course like others in Indigenous Nations Studies (INST). TCRT is intended to be a primer to help students think more concisely about the meanings of colonization, decolonization and recolonization, to give students a language to talk about them, and to assist students in developing stategies for decolonizing their own lives and their world.
It gives me great honor and joy to announce the hiring of full-time fixed term member, Judy Bluehorse-Skelton to the Indigenous Nations Studies this fall term 2013.
Judy is teaching three courses for INST this fall term 2013:
1) Introduction to NAS
2) Environmental Sustainability through Native Lenses
3) Indigenous Women Leaders
Judy’s office is located in 145 XSB. Please let’s give a shout-out to Judy for joining our INST faculty. Too, join me in congratulating Dr. Grace Dillon for all the courses that she has taught for INST over the years. Dr. Dillon has also taken on the additional role of writing curriculum for the School of Gender, Race and Nations. While being on the SGRN curriculum committee, Grace is creating a new graduate certificate and master’s program for our unit this academic year, while writing her book and taking care of grandchildren all at the same time. Grace is a warrior-philosopher.
I want to take some time and thank Shulamit (Chris) Urenia for restructuring our INST website and tending to our entire program needs this academic year. Shulamit' office is located in the SGRN office suites on the first floor of XSB. Much appreciation to her wonderful ideas and coordination. Let the journey of a new academic year of teaching and learning begins.
Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche & Kiowa)
Director: Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche & Kiowa)
Director and Professor
Indigenous Nations Studies Rm 239
Phone: (503) 725-9689
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