The Native American Studies Program is committed to studying the historic experience, the contributions, and the contemporary life of the Native Peoples of North America. The principles and values of the People of the Flathead Nation are as vital in modern life as they have been through the millennium. Students will discover an often unreported history while learning about a worldview that contrasts greatly with our modern technocratic, capitalistic society. The curriculum examines the history, language, art, and traditions of the Salish, Kootenai, and Pend d Orielle peoples. Course work also includes North American Indian history, federal policy, and the contemporary issues that shape the lives of Indians in today’s world.

Degree Objectives

Upon completion of Certificate in Native American Studies, students will:

  • Explain how the history of Indians post-contact relates to the Flathead Indian Reservation
  • Demonstrate basic traditional arts and technologies of the Salish and Kootenai cultures.
  • Analyze how Federal Indian Policy affected the Salish and Kootenai tribes
  • Recognize and pronounce basic vocabulary in the language of the Salish or Kootenai Tribes.


Upon completion of the Associate of Arts degree in Native American Studies, a student will:

  • Synthesize aspects of humanities as it relates to culture, history, and literature of American Indians
  • Communicate orally and through scholarly writing issues of federal Indian Policy and tribal government.
  • Contextualize the effects that Federal Policy has on Native Americans
  • Investigate historic and contemporary interactions between native and non-native populations.