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American Indian History and Policy - JTM258
Title: American Indian History and Policy
Guaranteed by: Department of North American Studies (23-KAS)
Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences
Actual: from 2023
Semester: summer
E-Credits: 6
Examination process: summer s.:
Hours per week, examination: summer s.:1/1, Ex [HT]
Capacity: 12 / unknown (10)
Min. number of students: unlimited
4EU+: no
Virtual mobility / capacity: no
State of the course: taught
Language: English
Teaching methods: full-time
Teaching methods: full-time
Note: course can be enrolled in outside the study plan
enabled for web enrollment
priority enrollment if the course is part of the study plan
Guarantor: Dr. phil. Lucie Kýrová, M.A.
Teacher(s): Dr. phil. Lucie Kýrová, M.A.
Class: Courses for incoming students
Incompatibility : JMM598
This course is designed to introduce students to the major events, issues, and themes in Native American history from 1830 to the present day. The goals of the class are to show the diversity of Native histories and cultures, but also the shared experiences that have shaped them over time, and to introduce basic concepts such as self-determination, sovereignty, and treaty rights. We will focus on the themes of resiliency and survival and the American Indians as active participants in their own past. Due to time restraints, the course will focus on the lower forty-eight United States, with some examples from Alaska, Hawaii, and Canada.
Last update: Kýrová Lucie, Dr. phil., M.A. (15.02.2024)
Aim of the course

The aim of the course is to introduce students to the major events, issues, and themes in Native American history from 1830 to the present day. 

Last update: Kýrová Lucie, Dr. phil., M.A. (29.01.2024)
Course completion requirements

According to the Dean's provision, the teacher evaluates the student's performance in the percentages assigned to grades A to F (

  • 91% and more   => A
  • 81-90%             => B
  • 71-80%             => C
  • 61-70%             => D
  • 51-60%             => E
  • 0-50%               => F

More in SMĚRNICE S_SO_002: Organizace zkouškových termínů, kontrol studia a užívání klasifikace A–F na FSV UK.

Last update: Lochmanová Sára, Bc. (05.02.2024)

Child, Brenda J. Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families, 1900 – 1940. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 1998. 

Cobb, Daniel M. and Loretta Fowler, Beyond Red Power: American Indian Politics and Activism since 1900. Sante Fe, NM: School for Advanced Research, 2007.

Deloria, Jr., Vine. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. New York: Macmillan, 1969; reprint, Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1988.

Mack, It Had to be Done.

Martínez, David. Ed. The American Indian Intellectual Tradition: An Anthology of Writings from 1772 – 1972. Ithaca, NY/London, UK: Cornell University Press, 2011.

Miles, Tiya. Ties that Bind: The Story of an Afro-Cherokee Family in Slavery and Freedom. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2005.

Perdue, Theda and Michael D. Green. The Cherokee Removal: A Brief History with Documents. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Martin’s Press, 1995.

Smith, Paul Chaat  and Robert Allen Warrior. Like a Hurricane: The Indian Movement from Alcatraz to Wounded Knee. New York: The New Press, 1996.

Zitkala-Sa, The School Days of an Indian Girl - selection.

And additional selection of primary and secondary sources. 

Last update: Kýrová Lucie, Dr. phil., M.A. (29.01.2024)
Syllabus - Czech


 1     Introduction; America before Contact


 2     Ethics and Methodology; Native American history to 1830


 3     Trails of Tears: Indian Removals, 1815 – 1845


 4     How the West Was Lost: Reservation System and Indian Wars, 1845 – 1886


 5     Wounded Knee and the Myth of the Vanishing Indian


 6     “Americanizing” the American Indian: Surviving Assimilation


 7      Winds of Change: Seeds of Reform, the Indian New Deal, Native Americans and  WWII


8       Termination, Relocation, Urbanization, 1945 – 1960


9       The Struggle for Sovereignty, 1961 – 1980


10      Transnational Indigenous Activism


11     We Are Still Here: Renewal since 1980


12     Contemporary Issues


Last update: Kýrová Lucie, Dr. phil., M.A. (15.02.2024)
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