Social Change in American Indian Societies
Class Meetings: TR 9:30-10:45 BOL B84
Instructor: Donald E. Green
Office: 706 Bolton Hall
Office Hours: TR 11:30-12:30 or by appointment
Office Phone: 229‑4259
Office: 711 Bolton Hall
Office Hours: TR 9-9:30
W 10:30-12:00 or by appointment
Office Phone: 229-4598
Also see my web site at http://www.uwm.edu/~dgreen
Reflector Address: Soc320
The Course: This course examines social change in the economic, political and social structures of American Indian societies from European contact to the present. Sociological theories of social change are used to explain variation in the degree and pattern of change among native groups in the United States. The course emphasizes the impact of EuroAmerican economic, political and social institutions on native people, as well as the varied patterns of American Indian responses to these forces of contact.
Class Attendance: Class attendance is strongly encouraged. Your participation in class discussions and other classroom activities will be part of your overall grade. Regular attendance also affords you the opportunity to ask questions as well as hear lectures that cover material not included in required readings, view videotape presentations and films.
Class Participation: Class participation is a requirement of this course. Participation includes contributions to class discussion, involvement in group activities and assignments, and other individual writing to learn assignments throughout the course.
Examinations: The course will include two multiple-choice examinations. Each examination will consist of fifty questions.
Research Paper: Students will be required to complete a research paper that utilizes theories of social change to explain Native American responses to western society. Students are encouraged to discuss the topic of their paper with the instructor prior to its completion. The structure of the paper will be in the form of a statement of the problem or issue to be addressed, a review of the existing literature on that topic, and a summary or conclusion section. A more detailed discussion of the paper will be provided by the instructor in class. Each student also will be required to give a short (approximately five minutes) in class presentation during the last two weeks of the semester.
Make‑Up Examinations: Make‑up examinations will be given only for excused absences. The instructor will determine excused absences.
Grades: Student grades will be based on the percentage of total points obtained on the two examinations and your class participation. The breakdown of points in the class is as follows:
Exam 1 50
Exam 2 50
Class Participation 50
Total Points 250
Grades will be distributed according to the following ranges:
94‑100 % A
90‑93 % A‑
87‑89 % B+
84‑86 % B
80‑83 % B‑
77‑79 % C+
74‑76 % C
70‑73 % C‑
67‑69 % D+
64‑66 % D
60‑63 % D‑
0‑59 % F
Please Note: Distribution of final grades will be based on the highest point total for the class. There will be no extra‑credit opportunities and no deviation from the above breakdowns.
1. The Return of the Native: American Indian Political Resurgence (1988).
Stephen Cornell (Oxford University Press:New York).
2. American Indian Ethnic Renewal: Red Power and the Resurgence of Identity and Culture (1997). Joane Nagel (Oxford University Press:New York).
3. American Indian Societies: Strategies and Conditions of Political and Cultural Survival
(1989). Duane Champagne (Cultural Survival, Inc.:Cambridge, MA). Ch 1 and 8.
4. We Shall Live Again: The 1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance movements as demographic revitalization (1986). Russell Thornton (Cambridge University Press: Cambridge).
Date / Topic /Readings
American Indian Political Resurgence:
A New Indian Politics
A Brief History:
Solving the Indian Problem
Incorporation and Response
Foundations for Political Resurgence:
Transformations of the Tribe
New Music, Partners, and Dance
Toward a Supertribal Consciousness
The Politics of Indianness
Who Wants What?
Old Wars, New Weapons
Return of the Native:
Patterns of Political Resurgence
Indian-White Relations Revised 1-12
Another World is Coming 1-13
Oct. 16 Examination 1
American Indian Ethnic Renewal Intro
Constructing Ethnic Identity
Red Power and the Resurgence of Indian Identity:
Population Growth and Changing Patterns of Identification
Politics of American Indian Ethnicity
Reforging Identity and Culture
Legacies of Red Power :
Renewing Culture and Community
From Termination to Self-Determination
Problematics of American Indian Ethnicity
Forces of Change
Structural Differentiation Theory of Change
Paper Presentations Begin
1870 and 1890 Ghost Dance Movements
Participation, Depopulation and Recovery
Summary, Conclusions and Implications
Research Papers Due
If you need special accommodations in order to meet any of the requirements of this course, please contact me as soon as possible.