Teaching Native Cases Summer Institute 2018

Teaching Native Cases Summer Institute

  • Two day Summer Institute: Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26-27, 2018
  • Optional One Day Workshop on Writing Cases: Thursday June 28, 2018

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Should Indian Sports Mascots Be Repealed?




Concerns about racism, a lack of sensitivity to diversity, stereotyping, sexism, oppression, and lack of Native American entitlement make up a partial list of issues raised in connection with the use of Native American mascots. Those who support mascot use contend that these mascots praise the traditions and culture of the Native Americans. Language supporting the monitoring or banishment of Native American (NA) mascot use has been introduced in the courts, in school districts, and in at least one national athletic association.

Pacific Northwest Salmon Habitat: The Culvert Case and the Power of Treaties




American Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest signed treaties with the federal government in the 1850’s that preserved their right to fish in their “usual and accustomed” fishing grounds. The tribes have had to continually fight to have this right recognized. U.S. v. Washington, 1974, the Boldt decision, upheld this fishing right and ruled that the tribes were entitled to 50% of the harvestable portion of salmon returning to their usual and accustomed grounds.

Indian Identity in the Arts




This case examines questions relating to the issues of Indian identity within the field of Native arts, both in terms of the creation of art and Native arts administration. The case looks at the Indian Arts and Craft Act of 1990 and the impact of the application of the law to Indian artists and Native arts service organizations. The question of "who is an Indian artist?" as defined by the Indian Arts and Crafts Act has legal, cultural and community implications.

Thinking About Teaching With Cases

The Enduring Legacy Native Cases Initiative1

By Linda Moon Stumpff and Barbara Leigh Smith
The Evergreen State College

Effective Groups

By Barbara Leigh Smith1

The old adage that says “two heads is better than one” is actually true. Considerable research2 shows that working collaboratively in groups produces far better results than working alone. The ability to effectively work in groups is an important skill that is useful in the family, in school and in the workplace. Cases and workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to develop these skills.

Classic Ways to Teach Cases

By Barbara Leigh Smith, The Evergreen State College and Dwight Oberholtzer, emeritus Professor, Pacific Lutheran University

Whale depicted in Pacific Northwest coastal style

A classic way to begin a case is to divide the discussion into three basic parts

Voices of Teachers

Send us your stories if you’d like to share your experience with cases.

Cindy Marchand-Cecil

Cindy Marchand-Cecil

Workshops & Summer Institute

Our focus is on teaching and writing cases from a Native point of view on issues important to contemporary Native people and communities. The approach is interdisciplinary with an emphasis on pedagogical strategies for using cases with collaborative learning and in both face-to-face and online classes. The workshops welcome faculty from a variety of disciplines and institutions as well as practitioners in Tribal and other organizations that might benefit from this work.