Course Details

050:200:01 - Topics: Native American New Jersey

  • Course ID: 050:200:01
  • Credits: 3
  • Instructor Name: Sweet
  • Instructor (Core Faculty): Sweet, Jameson

Today, New Jersey is home to three tribal nations, and despite 400 years of colonialism, they maintain their rights as sovereign nations and still have vibrant cultures. Settlers forced most Native Americans out of New Jersey by 1801, resulting in a broad diaspora community in the U.S. and Canada. This course examines the long Native American history of the region, including the diaspora communities from New Jersey. Through an examination of their cultures, oral histories, literature, and languages, students will analyze the experiences of Native Americans in New Jersey and the region. Students will also study the present conditions of Indigenous people in New Jersey, such as their fight for environmental justice, federal recognition, the revitalization of their languages, and other political activism.