Online Native American Studies course focuses on indigenous tribes of Montana

An online course called "Indigenous Nations of Montana" begins Aug. 30 through Montana State University
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Aug. 18, 2010 - PRLog -- A new online course from Montana State University traces the history and complexity of Indian law, covering treaties, water rights, natural resource development and tribal businesses. The course, "Indigenous Nations of Montana" (Native American Studies 552), offers three MSU graduate credits and is offered fully online in fall semester 2010.

The instructor is Shane Doyle is a member of the Crow Tribe who hails from Crow Agency, Mont. He has 11 years of teaching experience in Montana, and most recently has worked with dozens of schools throughout southwest Montana in helping to implement Indian Education for All. Shane is also a singer of traditional Plains Indian style music as well as a distance runner and an avid reader.

In Fall 2010, MSU will also offer the online course "American Indian Art Survey" (NAS 551). Explore the functions and purposes of the unique visual arts of North American indigenous peoples by culture area, in both the past and the present, within the overlapping contexts of culture area politics, cosmology, religion and spirituality, and gender.

The instructor is Ceilon Asepenson and the course offers three MSU graduate credits.

Both courses run from August through December 2010 and are available to anyone with a bachelor's degree. The courses are particularly helpful to Montana teachers who need training to fulfill the state's Indian Education for All mandate. Both courses also apply toward MSU's new online graduate certificate in Native American Studies.

For more information or to enroll in the courses, visit Montana State Online at, select All Online Courses and then Native American Studies.

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