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Native American Studies I-II

mesa and cliffsGrade(s):  9-12

Credit: 1.0 Elective Credit per Semester

Meets: Session I M/T/TH

Native American Studies I and II is a general survey course that traces the cultural and historical development of Native American nations from pre-history to the present. This course is designed to help the student understand the diversity and unique contributions of Native American cultures. The student applies reading, writing, and speaking skills through project-oriented research activities.  Native American Studies II is a research-oriented, concept-based course designed to address important and prevalent issues like education, health, politics, and economic development confronting Native Americans in the past and today. The student applies reading, writing, speaking, and technology skills through more extensive research projects.

Navajo Language I-III

landscapeGrade(s): 10-12

Meets: Session I M/T/TH

Credit: 1.0 Elective Credit

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 study Navajo culture, traditions, and language.
  • This class will make you eligible for the Chief Manuelito Scholarship, which is given only to Navajo students who have taken a Navajo class. Students also need a .5 credit of Navajo Government and a 3.0 GPA.

Native American Economics and Government

Credit: .5 Credit Govt FALL Semester, .5 Credits Econ SPRING Semester

Meets: Session II M-F 12:30-1:50

This course offers Government and Economics credit and meets the APS graduation requirement and state content standards. The course teaches Government through a Native American perspective in the fall.  Native American Government is a required course that provides the student with a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of American and Tribal governments, as established by the United States Constitution. The student analyzes the history and evolution of Tribal and United States government, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government. In addition, he/she examines his/her rights and responsibilities as “triple citizens” (U.S., State, and Tribal) and how to exercise them, as well as experience the political process at local state, tribal, and national levels of governments. This course does NOT qualify students for the Chief Manuelito Scholarship.   

The course teaches Economics through a Native American perspective in the spring.   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.

Native American Leadership

Lanscape cliffsGrade(s):  11-12

Credit: 3.0 Elective Credits

Meets: Session III T/TH 2-5:30

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.

Navajo History and Government

Meets: Session III T/TH 2-5:30

Credit: 1.0 elective credit in Fall or Spring

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. 

Zuni Language

Meets Session III T/TH 2-5:30