EDU 494/EDCI 594

Course Description

a group of students and faculty at MSUB
This 3-credit, 5-day intensive course provides a theoretical framework and analysis of Native American education in Montana within a cultural context, including discussion of "Indian Education for All" and application of the seven Essential Understandings Regarding Montana Indians.  It integrates economic, educational, and cultural perspectives affecting Native Americans and examines the history and governmental policies in Montana.  This course will assist the participant in developing a theoretical framework that is culturally relevant.

Participants will have the opportunity to establish relationships with Tribal Nations and urban Indians through community visits and interactions.  For more information please review the course syllabus.

Who Should Enroll

Teachers and faculty interested in learning more about Native American culture and integrating this into their classrooms. This course will assist teachers in developing a Native American relevant curriculum to use with their students and allow them to evaluate resources for specific educational levels. It will be presented from a Native perspective incorporating Native pedagogy.

What You'll Learn

Participants successfully completing this course will be able to…

  • Identify and analyze a theoretical framework for applying Native American culture in education with the development of an experience paper on the role relationships can play in the development of curriculum.
  • Demonstrate an application of the Essential Understandings within a cultural context with group discussions and presentations on cultural environmental deterrents and change agents.

Program Cost

Due to funding through a Title II grant all tuition and fees are covered. Participants are responsible for their own housing, mileage, and food. (MSUB housing and food plans available for a fee.)

For Course Information

Dr. Johnel Barcus


Program Schedule

June 25-29, 2018

8 AM – 6 PM

College of Education room 407

Your Instructors

Dr. Johnel H. Barcus, Ed.D.

Dr. Johnel H. Barcus, Ed.D, (Blackfeet) is a Native American Studies Assistant Professor at Montana State University-Billings, MT.  Johnel was the owner and lead principle investigator of Sage Quest Consulting, a research, educational, development firm prior to becoming a professor. She has worked in the development of Indian Country through her business for over 20 years. Johnel was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation and is an enrolled member of the Blackfeet Tribe.  Dr. Barcus received a Doctorate of Education from Montana State University in 1997 in adult, community and higher education. Dr. Barcus’ passions are grounded in cultivating coursework to issues challenged by tribal communities and dispelling stereotypes of Native Americans.

Joseph R. McGeshick, Ph.D.

Dr. McGeshick is a lecturer in the Native American Studies program at MSU Billings and served as an instructor and Institute director for Montana State University in Bozeman and Fort Peck Community College. He is the author of numerous books on Native American history and culture and served as a Research Intern and Community Scholar for the American Indian Program, National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Florence Garcia Ed.D.

Florence M. Garcia, “Washte Hinapawe”, Good Woman Comes Out, is an enrolled member of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes, and she is also Ojibwe.  Florence earned a doctorate in Adult and Higher Education from Montana State University Bozeman and holds a K-12 teaching license.  She is currently the Associate Dean of City College at Montana State University Billings and previously served as the President of Fort Peck Community College.  Florence believes that Native culture provides the opportunity to transform lives through education.  As a member of the American Indian Minority Achievement Council, she works to support the success of Native students in higher education.

Contact Information

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MSU Billings Extended Campus