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Indigenous Nations Studies

Indigenous Nations Studies
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's.

Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction

Black and Brown Planets: The Politics of Race in Science Fiction
Black and Brown Planets embarks on a timely exploration of the American obsession with color in its look at the sometimes contrary intersections of politics and race in science fiction.
Welcome to the Indigenous Nations Studies (INST) website!

Teaming up with Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Chicano/Latina Studies, and Black Studies, we (INST) are offering the first certificate courses for the new graduate program called the School of Gender, Race and Nations. This exciting academic program was a four-year initiative that starts this fall term under the leadership of the new interim director,             Dr. Samuel Henry. Shout out to SGRN!

Our site features a wealth of information about the numerous innovations that make INST a strong undergraduate minor on campus as well as enjoy designed cultural spaces where students can learn and grow under strong academic leadership. Why should you consider a minor in INST? Because I can say with assurance that we will help you advance to your college major, enhance your career collaborating with the Native/Indigenous communities, or other tribal affairs leadership careers.

Here’s what our minor program graduates tell us: that the network of faculty, staff and students has been invaluable in building a strong foundation as they select majors, find jobs and build their careers that the investment they made in their INST education was the best decision they could have made that our academic network offers solid connections to the local and state Native/Indigenous community in helping them balance their college lives Along with the changes in the fall season, we too have two personnel changes.

I would like to introduce Professor Tim Garrison who has stepped in for me as interim director as I take a long-awaited sabbatical this fall term 2105. Carol Snell (PSU graduate) is our new administrative assistant helping the make a smooth transition of leadership. Shouts out to Tim and Carol for stepping in to help us out this fall term! INST is creating innovative courses for preparing students for a multicultural and multi-tribal world including partnerships that will improve learning in urban Native/Indigenous education locally, nationally and globally. Please contact us if you would like to know more:      

   Cornel Pewewardy, D.Ed.                                                                                                                                                               Professor and Director of the Indigenous Nations Studies Program                 cornelp@pdx.edu 503-725-9689