The field of Native American studies was initially launched in order to bring a Native American viewpoint to issues of concern to Native Americans. This entry reviews the history and institutionalization of Native American studies, from its origins in the late 1960s to its evolution as a multi disciplinary field addressing such varied topics as social and economic issues, history, health, law and public policy, cultural studies and literature, and filmmaking. The entry concludes with a look at possible relationships between Native American studies and studies of other indigenous people.

Founding of Native American Studies

In the late 1960s, growing numbers of ethnic minority students in higher education grew dissatisfied with curricula that failed to address issues important to them and to their home communities. At San ...

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