American Indian Studies

The American Indian Studies program responds to the needs of the ʔɔʔɔɔ́ɔ́niiénńɔh and Nakoda Tribes in regard to sovereignty, identity, awareness, history, language, philosophy, and issues. Considering the historical relationship between the tribal nations and the federal government, the AIS program is of vital importance to the futures of students and community members of the Fort Belknap Indian Reservation. A student selecting this major can further study in the fields of the social sciences, humanities, education, or law.

Student Outcomes

  • Articulate the traditional values and Lifeways of the ʔɔʔɔɔ́ɔ́niiénńɔh or Nakoda while exemplifying those characteristics for the benefit of their community.
  • Acquire and demonstrate a general knowledge of the ʔɔʔɔɔ́ɔ́niiénńɔh or Nakoda language while recognizing the importance of the revitalization of the language.
  • Explore and illustrate the reality that the world, culture, and sovereignty are dynamic.
  • Express and summarize the historical events and issues that have affected and/or changed the way that American Indians have adapted mentally, physically, and spiritually.
  • Express and summarize events and issues that have contributed to the American Indian
    Holocaust, specifically the ʔɔʔɔɔ́ɔ́niiénńɔh and Nakoda Holocausts.

Career Opportunities

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Recommended Electives

  • AIS 110 Introduction to Stick Games (1 cr) AIS
  • 111 Advanced Stick Games (1cr)
  • AIS 115 American Indians in Cinema (3cr)
  • AIS 165 American Indian Arts (3cr)
  • AIS 204 AIHEC Knowledge Bowl (3cr)
  • AIS 250/251 Special Topics (1/3cr)
  • BIOB 270 Bioethics (3cr)


American Indian Studies: Fall Semester (First Year)

AIS 100American Indian Studies3
AIS 150/155Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang I3
GS 110 Finding Place1
GE Elective Humanities or Fine Art3
WRIT 101College Writing I3
Semester Total16

American Indian Studies: Spring Semester (First Year)

AIS 120 or BIOB 120Traditional Plants or Intro to Ethnobotany3
AIS 140/141Nakoda/Aaniiih Hist/Cult3
AIS 151/156Nakoda/Aaniiih Lang II3
BIOB160/L160Prin of Living Sys/Lab3/1
WRIT 201 College Writing II3
Semester Total16

American Indian Studies: Fall Semester (Second Year)

AIS 200Amer. Indian Religion/Phil3
AIS 215American Indian Education3
GE ElectiveSocial Science3
M 121College Algebra4
Semester Total16

American Indian Studies: Spring Semester (Second Year)

AIS 235Federal Indian Law3
AIS 250Special Topics1
COMX 111Intro Public Speaking3
GE ElectiveSocial Science3
Semester Total13
Degree Total61
NOTE: If placement test scores indicate refresher classes are needed, the student’s program will require more than two years to complete. It is imperative that students work closely with their advisors.