The Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II course addresses current issues facing Native & Indigenous nations or organizations and requires students to work directly with a client to conduct research or provide scholarly support to a project. A Nation Building II Project is a field-based research project proposed by a client. These projects are a partnership between the community client and students at HUNAP to study contemporary issues facing Indigenous nations and communities. Nation Building II Projects provide a source of assistance in the form of talented and committed students with the capabilities to look into problems and issues that daily responsibilities prevent the client from addressing.
Although not a prerequisite, Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building I is taught in the January Term by Professor Joseph Kalt in the Kennedy School of Government. This course examines issues contemporary Indigenous nations and communities face in the 21st century, including: political sovereignty,economic development, constitutional reform, cultural and language maintenance and promotion, land and water rights, religious freedom, health and social welfare, and education. Because the challenges are broad and comprehensive, the course emphasizes the breadth of issues that leaders must confront, from health, education, and social services to politics, economics, and cultural change.