Indigenous Sustainability Studies

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The Center for Sustainability Studies and Indigenous Studies Department at Bemidji State University proposed an interdisciplinary Indigenous Sustainability Studies (ISS) major and minor that began the Fall of 2019. The major is designed to recruit students who want to learn how to solve problems through a Western Science and Indigenous lens and one of the only of its kind in the country!

Indigenous knowledge perspectives will become more respected and legitimized alongside Western worldviews, a change that is crucial for the long-term paradigm shift that this degree program intends to bring about. All Bemidji State University students, American Indian and non-American Indian alike, will begin to appreciate and use the multiple worldviews provided by understanding both Western and Indigenous knowledge perspectives to help bring about creative problem solving and create thriving communities.


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