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Dakota Culture and History (DAKO 1900)

Total Credits: 3
Lecture Credits: 3

Description: This course is an introduction to the history and culture of the Dakota nation. You will gain cultural, historical, and sociological knowledge and understanding of the Dakota nation through readings, lectures, guest speakers, and media. You will be encouraged to engage critically historical and contemporary issues and be inspired towards activism.

Topical Outline:
1. Historical and contemporary significance, as well as policies that are associated with, key concepts such as Assimilation and Sovereignty in direct relation to Dakota peoples
2. Dakota origins
3. Treaties and reservations
4. Revitalizing native language and culture
5. Economics, community development, and natural resources
6. Current events and issues of social justice

Learning Outcomes:
1. Develop an understanding of Dakota origins and the relationship between Dakota language and the Minnesota homeland
2. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for the Dakota people, their sovereign status, along with their cultural, spiritual, aesthetic, literary, philosophical, social, political, and economic expressions
3. Gain a tolerance of and a respect for the Dakota world view, an essential first step in better communication, cooperation, and collaboration
4. Demonstrate an appreciation of the central role the oral traditions and the Dakota play in creating and maintaining all aspects of the traditional Indian world as expresses in art, social and family life, and relationship with nature

Prerequisites:  Placement into READ 0100 or completion of ESOL 0042

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