About the American Indian Studies Minor

Our American Indian Studies Minor offers exploration of diverse Native American cultures, histories, and contemporary realities. Through our interdisciplinary program, you will engage with scholarly research, creative expression, and indigenous traditions that challenge stereotypes and provide a deep understanding of American Indian histories, contemporary issues, and cultural preservation.

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Why Study American Indian Studies at CWU?

CWU's American Indian Studies program is innately intertwined with social justice issues of today.

You will have the opportunity to explore indigenous rights, sovereignty, cultural revitalization, and environmental stewardship. A deeper understanding of Pacific Northwest tribal interests and history will also allow you to better work with key tribal co-managers of our shared environmental resources, particularly important in environmental studies fisheries, wildlife, archaeology, outdoor recreation, and other fields.

Where is this program offered?

How much does this program cost?

Explore information on Cost, Aid, and Value to make an informed decision about investing in your education at CWU.

Where can I find more information?

Please visit the CWU Academic Catalog for current information about admission requirements, course descriptions, learner outcomes, and credit information.


Land Acknowledgement

Central Washington University’s Ellensburg campus is situated on the lands of Pshwanapum and other bands and tribes of the Yakama Nation, who ceded these lands through the Treaty of 1855. The Yakama people continue their relationship with this land, guided by the wisdom of their elders across generations. Today, we have the privilege of living, learning, and growing on their traditional lands.

Helping You Fund Your Degree

Over the years, CWU has received more than $270,000 in grant support from various tribes in Washington state for scholarships and grants to support indigenous students. Among those who have supported scholarships are the Confederated Tribes & Bands of the Yakama Nation, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Tulalip Tribes.

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