Native American Studies

Linda Valliere Siegmann (Quapaw) and Cliff Springwater (Keetoowah Cherokee) are graduates of the Native American Studies program. The two honor-winning students were the first graduates of the program, and both served as members of the NASA Executive Council. Both students are continuing their educations at four-year institutions.

Native American Studies

TCC ranks second in the nation in granting associate degrees to Native American students. To further enrich TCC’s cultural academic opportunities, the College offers
the Native American Studies (NAS) program. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes indigenous perspectives, focusing on the traditions and experiences of people who have shaped our state and nation. The program offers students a well-rounded understanding of Native American cultures.

NAS has three components: Academics, Student Development and Community Service.

Academics
Degree awarded: Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, Native American Studies Emphasis

This emphasis is designed to meet the educational needs of both Native Americans and non-Native American students. NAS courses focus on the world views expressed in Native American cultures, spiritualities, histories, oral traditions and literatures.

This degree plan includes 28 credit hours of general education requirements and 24 credit hours of specialized course requirements. A few of the specialized courses are indigenous languages, Images of “Indians” in American Culture, Native American Cultures, Native American Spiritualities, Native American Histories, and Native American Literature/Drama/Film.

Student Development
The NAS program assists Native American students in their educational endeavors, through academic counseling, scholarship procurement and cultural awareness. A significant aspect of this component consists of activities conducted by the Native American Student Alliance.

Community Service
The NAS program serves the needs and interests of both Native American and non-Native American communities by providing on-campus opportunities to learn about Native American culture through educational displays/exhibits, scholar-in-residence lectures and cultural activities, such as the Red Fork Native American Film Festival, annual Stomp Dance and Global Festival.

For more information, contact the Native American Studies program at (918) 595-8210; the Liberal Arts Division at West Campus, (918) 595-8079; or the Counseling Center, (918) 595-8176.

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