Native American Studies Minor

The Native American Studies Minor consists of 21 semester hours and requires the completion of the course requirements listed below.

Native American Studies Minor Checklist:

Current NKU Undergraduate Catalog:

Dr. Schaengold working with Navajo children.

Ya'a'teeh! For more than 95% of the time humans have lived in the Americas, the only people here have been Native Americans.

To understand the history and cultures of the Americas, one must start with Native Americans. Far from disappearing either physically or culturally, Native Americans today are increasing in numbers and represent hundreds of vibrant and unique ways of life. To learn about Native Americans is to explore yet another avenue of what it means to be human.

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is rich in Native American culture. Northern Kentucky University is located in the heart of the prehistoric Ohio Valley mound-builder cultures of Adena, Hopewell, and Fort Ancient, on lands claimed by both the historic Shawnee and Cherokee.

The university is only about 50 miles from the soon-to-be-built Kentucky Center for Native American Arts and Culture and is recognized by the Kentucky Native American Heritage Commission.

The Director and Founder of Native American Studies at NKU is Dr. Sharlotte Neely who can be reached at her office in 230 Landrum or by phone at 859-572-5258 or 5259 or by email at Dr. Neely does ethnohistoric and ethnographic research mostly with the North Carolina Cherokees.

There are two Native American student organizations at NKU: First Nations Student Organization and Kiksuya. Native American Studies minors are encouraged to participate in both, as well join the Student Anthropology Society.

Through Kiksuya, NKU students go to reservations in the Dakotas each May.

The program also sponsors an annual Native American Lecture Series each November, Native American Heritage Month in Kentucky.

At the end of each academic year, our department presents the Outstanding Student in Native American Studies Award.

There are about 150 Native American or individual tribal studies programs in the United States and Canada. NKU Native American Studies is the only such program in the entire Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Ohio Valley region.

There are about three dozen NKU faculty, staff, alumni, and friends who have specialized areas of expertise in Native American Studies and are willing to serve as resources. They can be reached at the following email addresses and welcome your questions:

  • Kristin Appleby, Part-time Anthropology Instructor North American archaeology; Ohio Valley prehistory
  • T. Eric Bates, Part-time Anthropology Instructor and Anthropology Alumnus Contemporary Native Americans and Christianity; Native Americans in Oklahoma; Blackfeet
  • Prince Brown, Associate Professor Emeritus of Sociology Native American-African American ethnic relations
  • Richard Coleman, Anthropology Alumnus Southwest Indian prehistory; contemporary Native Americans in the Southwest
  • Thomas C. Donnelly, Former Part-time Anthropology and Law Instructor and Anthropology Alumnus American Indian law; American Indian religious freedoms
  • Donelle Dreese, Assistant Professor of English Contemporary American Indian literature
  • Thomas Foster, Former Lecturer in Anthropology Muscogee Creek Indians; native ecology; North American archaeology
  • Gary W. Graff, Former Director of Institutional Research Hopi kachinas; Hispanization of Mesoamerican and South American Indians
  • Nicole Grant, Lecturer in Sociology, Faculty Sponsor of First Nations Student Organization, & Faculty Sponsor of Kiksuya Poverty, alcoholism, suicide, and other social problems and issues on reservations; Pine Ridge Lakota Sioux
  • Jonathan Holmes, Friend of NKU Anthropology Native American ethnology and ethnohistory; historical and contemporary Plains, Prairie and Missouri River tribes; especially Oglala and Sicangu Lakota, Omaha/Ponca and Osage history and contemporary culture including, beadwork and cultural craftwork, pow-wows, warrior societies, religious spiritual practices
  • James F. Hopgood, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Mesoamerican Indian prehistory; Mesoamerican Indians; Indian religion; Indians and museums
  • MaryCarol Hopkins, Associate Professor of Anthropology traditional Native American art
  • Britteny M. Howell, Part-time Anthropology Instructor Native South American prehistory
  • Mark Jacobs, Anthropology Alumnus Native Americans and the environment
  • Robert Kenney, Lecturer in Philosophy Native American spirituality
  • Rose Drees Kluth, Anthropology Alumna Archaeology of the Midwest; Chippewa
  • Jeannine Kreinbrink, Part-time Anthropology Instructor and Anthropology Alumna Ohio Valley archaeology
  • Susan Meyn, Former Part-time Anthropology Instructor Indians and museums; Lakota Sioux
  • Don Miller, Anthropology Alumnus prehistoric, historic, and contemporary Indians of the Ohio Valley and Kentucky
  • Neeake, Friend of NKU Anthropology Folklore; ethnohistory; American Indian religious issues; Shawnee
  • Sharlotte Neely, Professor of Anthropology & Native American Studies Director Native American ethnology and ethnohistory; tribal politics; gender roles; ethnicity; Cherokees; Lumbee; Shawnee; Navajo
  • Tamara O'Callaghan, Associate Professor of English and Director of Integrative Studies Native American and other interdisciplinary programs
  • David S. Payne, Professor Emeritus of History Native American history; Indians of the Plains
  • Danielle Roemer, Associate Professor of English Native American folklore
  • Gregory Rust, Anthropology Alumnus American Indian Movement; ethnophotography; Lakota Sioux
  • Charlotte Schaengold, Part-time Anthropology Instructor Navajo language; Navajo
  • Michael J. Simonton, Lecturer in Anthropology Plains tribes; Shawnee
  • Melony Stambaugh, Part-time Anthropology Instructor Native American identity; powwows
  • Michael Striker, Part-time Anthropology Instructor Ohio Valley prehistory; North American Indians; Coeur d'Alene
  • David Thomson, Associate Professor of Communications American Indian spirituality; Navajo
  • Martha Viehmann, Former Lecturer in English contemporary Native American writers; intersections between Native and Euro-American cultures; uses of images of Indians in mainstream US culture; impact of mainstream expectations on modern Indians in the late 19th and early 20th centuries
  • Judy C. Voelker, Associate Professor of Anthropology; Mesoamerican Indian prehistory; Maya
  • Robert K. Wallace, Regents Professor of English contemporary Native American literature of the northwest
  • Todd Young, Anthropology Alumnus prehistoric Native American survival skills