Welcome to Montclair State’s new Native American and Indigenous Studies (NAIS) Minor!
If you’re looking for a program that weds community-engaged social activism with scholarship that’s committed to tackling the US legacy of racial injustice and settler colonialism, you’ve come to the right place!
Prominent Native scholar K. Tsianina Lomawaima describes NAIS as having these core themes:
a commitment to the fundamental concept of sovereignty; a privileging or centering of Native names, experiences, voices, and narratives; an inclusive orientation that favors multiple, complicating, diverse perspectives over a monolithic “one size or story fits all” approach; a commitment to the health, well-being and vigor of life in Indian country; responsiveness to the central issues and concerns of Native nations; a dedication to transform the institutional structures of the dominant society, such as schools, colleges, and universities – however frustratingly slow and incremental that process can be.
NAIS at Montclair State will teach about these integrated ways of knowing and strive to reach the broader goals of the field through an academic minor consisting of 18 credit hours. The program will include two new courses. NAIS 101 is an introduction to Native American and Indigenous studies, and NAIS 401 is a capstone seminar course designed to provide students with opportunities for engaged research with local Indigenous communities. All other courses in the minor currently exist within a wide range of disciplines across the University, including Anthropology, History, Religion, English, Educational Foundations, Art History, and more.
- Exciting opportunities for community engagement with local Indigenous tribal communities
- Strong grounding in the field of Indigenous Studies, with new courses in NAIS 101 & NAIS 401
- Deep commitment to Indigenous rights, racial justice, decolonization, and eco-justice
- Interdisciplinary studies across Anthropology, History, Religion, English, Education, and more
- Only 18 total credits required to complete the NAIS Minor
- Relevant courses that you’ve already taken at Montclair State will count toward the new NAIS Minor
The NAIS Minor from Montclair State can help prepare you for graduate work or a career in a wide range of fields, including:
- Native American Law
- Environmental Justice
- Native Art & Museums
- Cultural Resource Management
- Social Services
- Native Language Revitalization
- Students Plant Seeds to Revive a Native American LanguageTuesday April 11, 2023
- Screening of Documentary "Meaning of the Seed", a film about Native American justice and resilience in NJ, followed by discussion with filmmaker and tribal leadersThursday February 16, 2023
- Celebrating Indigenous Peoples DayMontclair unveils Land Acknowledgement and new academic programming, welcomes tribes as part of on-campus eventFriday November 18, 2022
- Montclair Local Highlights Montclair State's Indigenous Peoples Day EventThursday October 13, 2022
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Questions? Contact our NAIS Program Directors
Dr. Mark Clatterbuck (RELG) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Elspeth Martini (HIST) | email@example.com
Dr. Chris Matthews (ANTH) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Maisa Taha (ANTH) | email@example.com