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University of California, Riverside
Native American Studies B.A.

The conquest by European settlers of the Native Americans took the form of ethnocentrism, competition over land, and the imposition of white dominance through violence and genocide. Indians were exploited and largely annihilated in the nineteenth century. They became victims of numerous broken treaties and efforts to destroy their culture by repeated attempts to force their assimilation into the dominant White culture. As wards of the state, they have been largely neglected in the twentieth century and rank near the bottom of the economic class system. Today, because of a growing Pan-Indianism, the indigenous nations are on a rebound. They are becoming a more cohesive, and powerful ethnic group, both economically and politically.

The Native American faculty component consists of lecturer Robert Perez, specializing in 19th Century United States, History of the American West and Spanish Borderlands, Colonial Latin America, Native American History, and Race and Identity Construction in Colonial America.

The UCR Ethnic Studies Department is unique in its national focus on Native American Studies.

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