Academic Advising and Program Information



INNAS Major Learning Outcomes

By the end of their major course of study students will be able to:

1) demonstrate their familiarity with and understanding of Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies, particularly epistemologies (oral, visual and written), theories (including decolonizing methodologies), and practices;

2) provide historical and contemporary examples illustrating American Indian/Alaska Native self-determination and Tribal sovereignty culturally, politically and scientifically;

3) incorporate respect for Indigenous community and national cultures in addressing contemporary issues impacting social, economic and environmental justice in Tribal and urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities;

4) produce a project that showcases the centrality of the environment through analysis of Indigenous ecological practices, cosmology, storytelling and collective responsibility;

5) reflect upon the ways in which their lived experiences and identities inform the process of decolonization inextricable to Indigenous Nations and Native American Studies.


Faculty and Staff Resources


Theodore (Ted) Van Alst Jr. (Lakota)
Tenured Associate Professor & Director 
Parkmill Building RM 145
Phone: (503) 725-5920                                            
Office Hours: By Appointment 

Grace Dillon (Anishinaabe)
Tenured Professor 
Parkmill Building RM 225
Phone: (503) 725-8144                                            
Office Hours: By Appointment 

Judy Bluehorse Skelton (Nez Perce & Cherokee)    
Assistant Professor
Parkmill Building RM 239
Phone: (503) 725-9066
Office Hours: By Appointment

Ho'esta Mo'e'hahne (Southern Tsistsistas and Hinono’ei)
Scholar in Residence
Office Hours: By Appointment 

Cornel Pewewardy (Comanche & Kiowa)
Professor Emeritis
Office Hours: By Appointment 

Josh Powell 
Program Coordinator
Parkmill Building RM 205
Phone: (503) 725-9098
Program Advising: By Appointment