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Posted: January 26, 2021

High School Native American Classes 2021-2022

Native American Classes COURSES Native American Government/Economics and Native Studies I and II Native American Leadership Navajo History and Government Navajo I and II Shiwi’Ma Bena: We/Zuni Language I and II These classes are open to Native American students.


cornGrades:  9-12 can receive APS credit
                11-12 can apply for UNM Dual Credit (NATV 150 and NATV 250)
Prerequisites: NATV 150 is a pre-req for NATV 250
General Information:  This course offers both Government and Economics credit and meets the APS graduation requirement and state content standards. The course teaches Government and Economics through a Native American perspective.

Dual Credit may be available: UNM Dual Credit is a possibility for those students who meet the requirements of UNM and CEC Native Studies. Qualified students may enroll in the UNM Dual Credit program and earn UNM credit for NATV150 and NATV250.

Session / Days / TimesCourse LengthCredit Information
Session 2
Tu & Th
Full Year 0.5 credit in Govt and Nat Studies (or NATV 150) 1.0= Fall
0.5 credit in Econ and Nat Studies (or NATV 250) 1.0= Spring

Government is a required course that provides the student with a framework for understanding the purposes, principles, and practices of American and Native American (Tribal) government as established by the United States Constitution.  The student analyzes the history and changing interpretations of the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the current state of the legislative, executive, and judiciary branches of government.  In addition, he/she examines his/her rights and responsibilities as a dual citizen and how to exercise them as well as experience the political process at local state, tribal, and national levels of governments.

NATV 150 UNM Dual Credit 3.0 credits (11 and 12 graders)
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce you to the significance of Native American Studies through an interdisciplinary approach. You will read, consider, reflect upon, analyze, and respond to materials that focus on four areas within NAS: Leadership and Self- Determination, Education and Language, Arts and Media, and Culture and Environment. You will be introduced to historical and contemporary issues within each of these four areas. Assignments and classroom activities will include reading, lecture, small and large group discussion, group work, presentations, films, and guest speakers, all designed to enhance an experiential approach to learning about Native American Studies. Students who do not earn UNM credit are eligible to earn APS credit in Native Am Studies I.
Course Goals/Student Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to articulate the purpose of Native American Studies; describe many historical and current issues relevant to Native communities; formulate and articulate through writing and oral skills a critically informed opinion related to these issues, which can include incorporation of your own experiences; and hopefully, become motivated to contribute to or participate in Native American communities, organizations, or other related efforts on behalf of Native people.

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.

NATV 250 UNM Dual Credit 3.0 credits (11 and 12 graders)
Course Description: This course examines a body of politics identified with Native America specific to historical and contemporary relevance for understanding Native American/Indigenous/American Indian nations and communities. Students are challenged to identify issues and debates based on selected readings, films; case examples; and guest presentations to engage in informed discussions about the socio-political experience of Native Americans within the U.S. and indigenous peoples internationally, including ‘global’ activist movements. Co/Pre-requisite: NATV 150. The course will use a seminar discussion format to present key (theoretical-methodological) approaches to developing a critical understanding of social and political issues impacting Native Americans today. To make the ‘intangible’ i.e., thinking, values, and belief systems but not limited to policies and political behavior, cultural expression that result in tangible actions affecting Native American peoples. Students are expected to develop and refine their skills in articulating verbal and written critiques of sociopolitical concepts identified. Students who do not earn UNM credit are eligible to earn APS credit in Native Am Studies II.  


weavingGrade:  10-12
Prerequisites:   None

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.

Session / Days / TimesCourse LengthCredit Information
Session 3A
M & W*
2:00-4:15 pm    
*Students will be expected to participate in after-school events and activities.
Full Year 3.0 elective credits per year or 1.5 per sem



Grade:  12
Prerequisites:  A CIB and a 506 Form on file with Indian Education Department

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.

Session / Days / TimesCourse LengthCredit Information
Session 3A
M & W
2:00-4:15 pm
Fall or Spring Sem .5 elective credit per semester