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To count for the certificate, a student must complete graduate-level coursework with 50% or more content in Indigenous peoples; courses must be approved by the ISP Executive Committee.

The Indigenous Studies Program offers several environmentally focused courses:

  • ISP 800 Indigenous Issues in the United States (required; taught each fall)
  • ISP 673/EVRN 673 Environmental Justice (taught in the fall at the Edwards campus)
  • ISP 504/EVRN 542 Ethnobotany (taught each spring)
  • ISP 877/LAW 975 Public Lands and Natural Resources (taught each spring)
  • ISP 882/LAW 967 Native American Natural Resources (taught every other spring)
  • GEOG 980 Seminar in Geography: Native American Land Issues I-IV (sequential; taught sporadically)

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2nd Annual American Indian Art & Culture Extravaganza 
Saturday, December 9 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Johnson County Community College, Atrium at the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art
Free and open to the public
American Indian arts and crafts vendors, lectures of American Indian cultures and issues, performances by American Indian dancers, photos with American Indian Santa, exhibitions by American Indian community members, silent auction to benefit scholarships for American Indian students, traditional American Indian soup and bread sale, and more
For more information: 913-469-8500 or cais@jccc.edu

FILM - Out of State
Saturday, December 09 | 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
In 2007, the state of Hawaii outsourced the care of roughly 2,000 male prisoners to a private, for-profit prison in Arizona. Exiled thousands of miles from their island home, a group of indigenous Hawaiian inmates have discovered their calling on the inside: teaching each other their native language and dances. As several of the men complete their sentences, the film follows them as they reintegrate in Hawaii. Out of State explores questions of cultural and religious identity; the overabundance of native Hawaiians and minorities in the prison system; the cycle of criminal behavior and its impact on the family; and prisoner entitlement. Join us for a moderated discussion led by Native-Hawaiian filmmaker and Out of State’s director, Ciara Lacy, and member of the Osage Nation, Jimmy Lee Beason II, M.S.W.

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