History of Native Americans
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 113
Course Name: History of Native Americans
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course surveys history of Native American peoples in North America from 15th century contact with Europeans to the present. Content focus is on the historical struggle to retain cultures and autonomy while facing the continual expansion of both European nations and United States government and its citizens. Major themes and trends supplemented by case studies of specific tribes and documents that illuminate particular issues.
IV. Learning Objectives
- Describe the interaction between Native Americans and Europeans; and, Native Americans and the United States.
- Discuss the success and/or failure of Native American resistance to westward expansion by Europeans and the United States.
- Discuss the impact of Europeans and the United States on Native American cultures and sovereignty.
- Apply conflicting interpretations of Native American history
- Analyze primary and secondary sources of the Native American past
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
Thinking about names and stereotypes
Native American peoples and their traditions
Narratives of creation stories
- European Invasion of America
Contact and Disease: the Columbian Exchange
Northern European Resettlement of Native American peoples
Native survival and European imperialism
- Native Americans within the New United States
Iroquois Confederacy and the Revolution
“Inherent Sovereignty” of Native American peoples
Jefferson and the Northwest Territory
Tecumseh and Indian resistance
The Cherokee nation, Georgia and Jacksonian policies
- Native Americans and Westward Expansion
Black Hawk’s resistance
Forced Removal to the Trans-Mississippi West
Civil War, Peace, and Confinement
- Native American Resistance on the Great Plains
Reservations, Civilizations, and Allotment
Survival through Peyote, the Ghost Dance, and Religious Revitalization
Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce
- Native American People in the Early 20th Century
Native Americans and Progressives
A Native American “New Deal”
Native Americans and World War II
- Native American Activism
Termination and Self-Determination
Alcatraz and Wounded Knee II
American Indian Studies
- The Present and the Future
Assimilation, Separation, and National Pride
Native American Communities: What Do They Want?
Contemporary Native American Experiences
Native American Literature and Art
VII. Methods of Instruction
Classes will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will be required to:
- Read a standard textbook and research materials
- Write outside of class the equivalent of 13 – 15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
A standard survey of Native American history will be used, along with appropriate supplemental materials, such as:
Trafzer, Clifford. As Long as the Grass Shall Grow and Rivers Flow: A History of Native Americans. Harcourt College Publishers, 2000.
Calloway, Colin G. New Worlds for All: Indians, Europeans, and the Remaking of Early America. Johns Hopkins University Press. 1998.
Nabokov, Peter (ed.), Vine Deloria, Native American Testimony: A Chronicle of Indian-White Relations from Prophecy to Present, 1492-1992. Penguin USA, 1992.
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
At least two exams will be given in addition to other required papers and assignments.
Papers will be evaluated based on how well they conform to the assignment and on how well they employ the historical method.
XI. Other Course Information
Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center.
Important Dates: *
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record|
|XX/XX:||Last day to change to Audit|
|XX/XX:||Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester|
|XX/XX:||Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"|
*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.
Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.
For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.
Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.