Message from the director:
Welcome to the Indigenous Nations Studies Program. Springtime brings us fresh ideas and reawakening from the winter months of condolence. This Spring Term 2016 our faculty is able to bring to our students new courses that respects both western and Indigenous traditions, methodologies and knowledge bases. We continue offering a rigorous minor in Indigenous Nations Studies (INST) which encourages a critical analysis of Indigenous-settler relations as well as offering strategies for decolonization.
As an interdisciplinary academic program, INST is committed to Native/Indigenous academic scholarship, research and teaching. Our goal is to educate and inform our students about the Native/Indigenous experience that comes from the cultural traditions of the sovereign Indigenous peoples of the United States and global communities. At the forefront of innovation partnering with the new School of Gender, Race and Nations, INST faculty and affiliates are national leaders in the study of Native/Indigenous peoples. Our students go on to professional schools earning academic degrees and careers in the non-profit, education, social services, tribal government, and academic sectors, all with a diverse eye towards working with Native/Indigenous populations.
As the director of INST at PSU, I invite you to support our student or discover the approaches and professional advantages our academic programs offer, for what happens in INST truly changes the global world, one warrior-student at a time.
Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche-Kiowa), Director and Professor of Indigenous Nations Studies