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Native American and Indigenous Studies

General Information

The minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies introduces you to an important area of study which until recently, was not especially visible on American college campuses: the religious, historical, political, and aesthetic dimensions of the lives of indigenous peoples of the Americas from the earliest cultures (extending back 11,000 years or more) to the present. The very nature of the records suggest that the study of these complex societies will be rooted in the archaeological and anthropological evidence.

The CERTIFICATE in Iroquois Linguistics (CIL) provides an opportunity to study linguistic principles and grammatical features unique to the Iroquois languages, with examples from the six Haudenosaunee languages. Learn More

The interdisciplinary training of the faculty teaching courses in this area of study, gives you the chance to approach a closely integrated body of literature and knowledge from diverse perspectives. Students work with the program director to develop a course of study that reflects their interests and academic goals. The University's location in the heart of Haudenosaunee country, (people of the longhouse) provides added opportunities for cross-cultural dialogue and research on issues of concern to Native Americans.

Requirements for Minor in Native American and Indigenous Studies

The minor requires completion of six courses (18 credits) from two different departments. Twelve of the 18 credits must be in courses numbered above 299. View the course catalog for the minor.

CERTIFICATE in Iroquois Linguistics

The Iroquois language family is a group of distinct but closely related languages. Six are spoken by the Haudenosaunee Confederacy: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora. These languages share a common grammatical structure and cultural history and this program explores their commonalities and differences. Learn More

Native American and Indigenous Studies Resources

Haudenosaunee Resources

Museums and Cultural Centers

Indigenous Educational and Cultural Resources

Indigenous Rights

Sites related to Lacrosse

Program Director

Scott Manning  Stevens

Scott Manning  Stevens 
Associate Professor and Director, Native American and Indigenous Studies; Associate Professor, English Department
Native American and Indigenous Studies

Program Faculty

Percy Abrams

Percy Abrams 
PT Instructor

Douglas Armstrong

Douglas Armstrong 
Professor and Chair, Anthropology

Philip P. Arnold

Philip P. Arnold 
Chair, Associate Professor
Religion

Christopher DeCorse

Christopher DeCorse 
Professor, Anthropology

Pedro DiPietro

Pedro DiPietro 
Assistant Professor
Women's and Gender Studies

Robin Kimmerer

Robin Kimmerer 
Distinguished Teaching Professor and Director, Center for Native Peoples and the Environment

Gregg Lambert

Gregg Lambert 
Dean's Professor, Humanities and Founding Director of the Syracuse University Humanities Center in Central New York

Richard Loder

Richard Loder 
Professor, Sociology

Guido Pezzarossi

Guido Pezzarossi 
Assistant Professor, Anthropology

Danika Medak-Saltzman

Danika Medak-Saltzman 
Assistant Professor
Women's and Gender Studies

Sascha Scott

Sascha Scott 
Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies
Art and Music Histories