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Erica Tom Faculty Spotlight : Dr. Erica Tom featured in an article and on a panel discussing climate change and impacts on people. Read more>>
Janet Berry Hess Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Janet Hess, Acting Chair of Native American Studies, has been recognized as the 2022 Excellence in Research, Scholarship, Creative Activities Award recipient. Read More>>
Erica Tom Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Erica Tom awarded grants to complete the short documentary Good Fire. Read full story on A&H website
Faculty Spotlight: Professor Dr. Janet Hess, Sonoma State University's Native American Studies program and the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have been awarded $20,000 by the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums through the National Endowment for the Humanities' "Sustaining the Humanities through the American Rescue Plan" (SHARP). This grant, "The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria: Food Sovereignty and Cultural Land Management Practices Lecture Series," will facilitate in-person public programming, including a nature preserve workshop, and virtual lectures on food sovereignty and cultural land management practices.
News Feature: Graton Rancheria continues its support of SSU’s most underserved students: The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria have pledged nearly half a million dollars to Sonoma State to fund the university’s 2022 Summer Bridge Program, helping create a smooth and supportive college transition for SSU’s most educationally vulnerable first-time-first-year students. Read More>>
Native American Heritage Month Celebration sponsorings Native American Heritage Month 2021: See the line of events we have in the DEI website
INDIGENOUS PEOPLE'S DAY Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration - Santa Rosa Junior College: We are excited to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day next week, attending SRJC’s virtual events on Monday October 11th from 11:00am-3:00pm
Dr. Greg Sarris' Watermelon Night Book Event: Join us Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at 4pm in the Student Center Ballroom B/C !
Greg Sarris Faculty Spotlight: Native American Professor, Greg Sarris, wins the first Art and Humanities Dean's Teaching Award for publicity. Read full story>
Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Janet Hess receives California Humanities Relief Grant. Read the full story in our A&H website>
Dina Gilo-Whitaker Wednesday, 5/12, 4 pm: Professor Gilo-Whitaker will speak about how she came to co-write All the Real Indians are Dead and Other Myths About Native Americans, her relationship with Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, and answer questions! Email tome@sonoma.edu for the zoom link.
sotosi Faculty Spotlight: NAMS & CALS professor, Silvia Soto is featured as part of the School of Arts and Humanities' Faculty Spotlight.
Elizabeth Azzuz Yurok and Karuk Tribes Return Good Fire to the Land: With Rick O'Rourke (Yurok) and Elizabeth Azzuz (Yurok, Karuk), Wednesday, March 17th at 2:30pm
Kashia Band of Pomo Indians Tribal Government Website Between Two Fires at Stewarts Point Rancheria: With members of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indian, Wednesday, March 17th at 1pm
Mike Ming Increasing Wildfires, Increasing Mental Health Challenges: With firefighters Mike Ming and Warren Parrish, Monday, March 15th at 1pm
Ron Goode Fire on the Land and in our Lives: With Honorable Ron W. Goode, North Fork Mono Tribal Chairman, Wednesday March 10th, 2 pm
Rising Waters "Critical Collaborations: Asking Science Questions and Involving Native Communities." Wednesday, February 3rd, 11:00 AM. With Dr.
Greg Sarris Dr. Greg Sarris Receives Lifetime Achievement Award: From Heyday, a non-profit book publisher dedicated to Bay Area nature and history, the renewal of California Indian culture, and social justice.
Tuesday 11/3|Rising Waters And Sinking Lands: The Plight Of Native American Groups In Southern Louisiana.

Welcome to Native American Studies!

The Native American Studies program is designed to provide a minor with a multidisciplinary approach to Native Americans through ethnography, history, sociology, and the humanities. By approaching the multiplicity of Indian cultures from a variety of academic perspectives, a deeper understanding of native societies past and present, will emerge. The program is designed to present a variety of American Indian experiences and issues within the wider context of human history and evolution.

The program is especially interested in providing teachers, community service personnel, tribal administrators, and other interested persons with useful skills in dealing with this unique community. Special emphasis will be placed on assisting educators with practical and theoretical approaches to Indian education. Students in Native American studies are encouraged to apply toward the NAMS minor selected courses from history, anthropology, art, CALS, AMCS, and Education. Students may develop a special major in Native American studies; those interested should review the guidelines for special majors and consult the program coordinator.