NATV 468/SOC 468/PCSI 418
AMERICAN INDIAN POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

This course surveys the historical, political and legal foundations of American Indian political and economic development in the United States with particular attention focused on California. Course will include analysis of tribal governance, economic development, social, cultural, political socialization of American Indians. Particularly, this course will focus on the cultural and legal dilemmas posed by tribal governments: how they maintain cultural legitimacy in the face of colonial cultural imposition, how they articulate retained rights in a system of shared sovereignty, and the problems Native American Indians face in building stronger political systems in the struggle to maintain and retain sovereignty. The course will examine the evolution of political and economic power or the lack thereof and its influence in tribal communities. This course will also provide an analysis of the social, cultural, political, economic, legal and regulatory impact of legalized gaming on Native American communities. This course will also focus on the contemporary attitudes, opinions and issues about Native American gaming operations and infrastructure development brought about by gaming revenues. This course examines the development challenges faced by contemporary Native nations. Utilizing numerous case studies and extensive research on what is working and what is mot working to promote the social, political, cultural and economic strengthening of American Indian nations, the course emphasizes themes applicable to community development worldwide. Historical and relevant federal Indian policy and case law are used as background material, but the course emphasizes the interdisciplinary nature of the “nation building” revolution underway on Indian Country. Additional emphasis is placed on how tribal initiatives can conflict with federal case law, state jurisdiction, and federal policies and politics. This course will examine the law, policy, politics, economics, and cultural effects of American Indian political and economic development. Finally, we examine the current status of Indians who live on reservations, and consider some public policy options for improving living standards of the poorest Americans – Indians living on reservations.