POS 215 The Politics of Native American - U.S. Relations (3 credits)

This course will cover three aspects of the relationship between Native American peoples and the U.S. government. The first includes a sample of Native American governance and law that existed prior to European settlement, its later influence on the U.S. founding, and its rebirth. The second part of the course will examine U.S. government policies toward native tribes from 1790 to the present. Treaties, acts and court decisions that reflect these policies will be analyzed. The last third of the course will include a discussion of contemporary issues and conflicts between and among various Native American tribes and the U.S. government. These contemporary topics will include: land claims, land use, gambling, poverty, religious freedom, and social and environmental policies.