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Native American Government/Economics and Native Studies I and II

cornGrades:  9-12 can receive APS credit
                11-12 can apply for UNM Dual Credit (NATV 150 and NATV 250)
Prerequisites: NATV 150 is a pre-req for NATV 250
General Information:  This course offers both Government and Economics credit and meets the APS graduation requirement and state content standards. The course teaches Government and Economics through a Native American perspective.

Dual Credit may be available: UNM Dual Credit is a possibility for those students who meet the requirements of UNM and CEC Native Studies. Qualified students may enroll in the UNM Dual Credit program and earn UNM credit for NATV150 and NATV250.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 2
Tu & Th
12:30-1:50
Full Year 0.5 credit in Govt and Nat Studies (or NATV 150) 1.0= Fall
0.5 credit in Econ and Nat Studies (or NATV 250) 1.0= Spring


Government is a required course that provides the student with a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of American and Native American (Tribal) government as established by the United States Constitution.  The student analyzes the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government.  In addition, he/she examines his/her rights and responsibilities as a dual citizen and how to exercise them as well as experience the political process at local state, tribal, and national levels of governments.

NATV 150 UNM Dual Credit 3.0 credits (11 and 12 graders)
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce you to the significance of Native American Studies through an interdisciplinary approach. You will read, consider, reflect upon, analyze, and respond to materials that focus on four areas within NAS: Leadership and Self- Determination, Education and Language, Arts and Media, and Culture and Environment. You will be introduced to historical and contemporary issues within each of these four areas. Assignments and classroom activities will include reading, lecture, small and large group discussion, group work, presentations, films, and guest speakers, all designed to enhance an experiential approach to learning about Native American Studies. Students who do not earn UNM credit are eligible to earn APS credit in Native Am Studies I.
Course Goals/Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to articulate the purpose of Native American Studies; describe many historical and current issues relevant to Native communities; formulate and articulate through writing and oral skills a critically informed opinion related to these issues, which can include incorporation of your own experiences; and hopefully, become motivated to contribute to or participate in Native American communities, organizations, or other related efforts on behalf of Native people.

Economics is a semester course with an emphasis on the allocation of scarce resources and the economic reasoning used by government agencies, Native American tribes, and by people in various economic roles.  The student examines topics such as scarcity, supply and demand, market structures, the role of government, money, the role of financial institutions, and international trade.

NATV 250 UNM Dual Credit 3.0 credits (11 and 12 graders)
Course Description: This course examines a body of politics identified with Native America specific to historical and contemporary relevance for understanding Native American/Indigenous/American Indian nations and communities. Students are challenged to identify issues and debates based on selected readings, films; case examples; and guest presentations to engage in informed discussions about the socio-political experience of Native Americans within the U.S. and indigenous peoples internationally, including ‘global’ activist movements. Co/Pre-requisite: NATV 150. The course will use a seminar discussion format to present key (theoretical-methodological) approaches to developing a critical understanding of social and political issues impacting Native Americans today. To make the ‘intangible’ i.e., thinking, values, and belief systems but not limited to policies and political behavior, cultural expression that result in tangible actions affecting Native American peoples. Students are expected to develop and refine their skills in articulating verbal and written critiques of sociopolitical concepts identified. Students who do not earn UNM credit are eligible to earn APS credit in Native Am Studies II.  

Native American Leadership

weavingGrade:  10-12
Prerequisites:   None

Native American Leadership is an advanced Native American Studies (NAS) course designed for students who take an additional interest in the Native American Studies program.  This course is designed to give a thorough and in depth look at contemporary and traditional forms of Native American leadership and government.  It allows students to build upon and apply the knowledge learned in previous NAS classes by asserting and demonstrating leadership, motivational, and skills-building techniques.  Expectations are high as students are required to head school and community project planning committees, present information to a variety of audiences using various mediums and technologies (e.g., video, power point, poster boards), and communicate and engage with local Native American organizations.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 3A
M & W*
2:00-4:15 pm    
*Students will be expected to participate in after-school events and activities.
Full Year 3.0 elective credits per year or 1.5 per sem

 

Navajo History and Government

Grade:  12
Prerequisites:  A CIB and a 506 Form on file with Indian Education Department

Navajo History and Government will offer the history and government of the Navajo Nation. Major historical themes include the Navajo Creation story, Navajo Long Walk, Stock Reduction, and the Navajo Code Talkers. Major government themes will include the traditional Navajo leadership, the Navajo Treaty of 1868, the evolution of the Navajo Nation Chapters, evolution of the Navajo Tribal Council, and the Navajo government today. Curriculum is developed by the Navajo Nation Office of Dine’ Culture, Language and Community Services and is designed to qualify Navajo Nation students for the Chief Manuelito Scholarship. This class does NOT count for Govt credit for graduation purposes.

Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 3A
M & W
2:00-4:15 pm
Fall or Spring Sem .5 elective credit per semester

 

Navajo I and II

shiprocksGrades:  10-12
Prerequisites:   Students taking Navajo II must have a passing grade in Navajo I.  Students also must be enrolled in a federally recognized tribe and have a 506 and CIB data on file with the district.

**Dual Credit may be available: IAIA Dual Credit is a possibility for those students who meet the requirements. Qualified students may earn credit for IAIA NAVJ101 and IAIA NAVJ102.

Would you like to learn a language spoken by grandparents, parents, and tribal leaders? This class teaches students to read and write Navajo and opens doors to understand Southwestern culture:

  • This class will allow students to study Navajo culture, traditions, and language.
  • Successful completion of both classes will qualify students for the district and state bilingual seals.
  • This class satisfies the language requirement to be eligible for the Chief Manuelito Scholarship, which is given only to eligible Navajo students who have taken a Navajo class. Students also need a .5 credit of Navajo Government (also offered at CEC)  and a 3.0 GPA.
Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 1B
Tu/Th
7:30-9:50 am
Fall: Navajo I
Spring: Navajo II
Navajo I: 1.0 elective credit for Semester I
Navajo II: 1.0 elective credit for Semester II
Session 1C
W/F
7:30-9:50 am
Fall: Navajo I
Spring: Navajo II
Navajo I: 1.0 elective credit for Semester I
Navajo II: 1.0 elective credit for Semester II
Session 3
Online
Fall: Navajo I
Spring: Navajo II
Navajo I: 1.0 elective credit for Semester I
Navajo II: 1.0 elective credit for Semester II


Navajo I (IAIA NAVJ101**):  Introduces students to the basic skills – listening and speaking – and to the basic structures of Navajo taught within the cultural context.  Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, language functions, connections and personal applications.  Emphasis is placed on:

  • Listening, and speaking
  • Communication skills
  • Cultural activities

Navajo II (IAIA NAVJ102**):  Language acquisition is a developmental process aimed at the ultimate goal of communication. Over time the student develops the ability to write and speak in a meaningful and appropriate manner.  Navajo II continues the focus on the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as encourages deeper appreciation of the Navajo culture and language. Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, cultures, language functions, connections, and personal applications. Emphasis is placed on applying oral, written, communication skills to personal, academic, and cultural activities.

**Dual Enrollment credit is not guaranteed.  Students MUST meet the pre-reqs for any specific course AND complete the registration process through the dual credit institution.  All DC students must be registered in classes prior to the start of the term which the classes are scheduled.  (See instructions on how to enroll at IAIA.)  CEC instructors and the CEC counselor will assist students in enrolling in the course in the first few days of class at CEC, but it is the student’s ultimate responsibility to be sure that they are registered for the dual credit course and adhere to any deadlines for dropping or adding a class through the dual credit institution

Shiwi’Ma Bena: We / Zuni Language I and II

weavingGrades: 10-12video link
Prerequisites:  Students taking Zuni II must have a passing grade in Zuni I.  Students must be an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Zuni and must have a 506 and a CIB document on file with the district.

Would you like to learn a language spoken by grandparents, parents, and tribal leaders?  This class teaches students to read and write Zuni and opens doors to understand Southwestern culture:

  • This class will allow students to study Zuni culture, traditions, and language.
  • Successful completion of both classes will qualify students for the district and state bilingual seals.
Session / Days / Times Course Length Credit Information
Session 1A
Mon  •  7:30-8:50 am
Tu & Th  •  7:30-9:50 am
Zuni I:  Fall
Zuni II:  Spring
Zuni I: 1.0 elective credit for Sem I
Zuni II: 1.0 elective credit for Sem II
Session 1C
W/F
7:30-9:50 am
Zuni I:  Fall
Zuni II:  Spring
Zuni I: 1.0 elective credit for Sem I
Zuni II: 1.0 elective credit for Sem II
Session 2
Tu & Th
12:30-1:50
Zuni I:  Fall
Zuni II:  Spring
Zuni I: 1.0 elective credit for Sem I
Zuni II: 1.0 elective credit for Sem II


Zuni I: introduces students to the basic skills – listening and speaking – and to the basic structures of Zuni taught within the cultural context.  Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, language functions, connections and personal applications.  Emphasis is placed on:

  • Listening, and speaking
  • Communication skills
  • Cultural activities

Zuni II:  Language acquisition is a developmental process aimed at the ultimate goal of communication. Over time the student develops the ability to write and speak in a meaningful and appropriate manner.  Zuni II continues the focus on the basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing as well as encourages deeper appreciation of the Zuni culture and language. Areas of study include expression, comprehension, language and culture, cultures, language functions, connections, and personal applications. Emphasis is placed on applying oral, written, communication skills to personal, academic, and cultural activities.

**Dual Enrollment credit is not guaranteed.  Students MUST meet the pre-reqs for any specific course AND complete the registration process through the dual credit institution.  CEC instructors and the CEC counselor will assist students in enrolling in the course in the first few days of class at CEC, but it is the student’s ultimate responsibility to be sure that they are registered for the course for dual credit and adhere to any deadlines for dropping or adding a class through the dual credit institution.