BHSU professor receives grant to offer new online Indian Lands Course nationwide

Author: BHSU Communications/Monday, May 9, 2016/Categories: 2016

Black Hills State University professor of American Indian Studies, Dr. John Glover, and Native Educational Endeavors, Inc. have been awarded a grant for $39,744 by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation to offer through Black Hills State University a comprehensive online Indian Lands course. The accredited three credit course will be available at the undergraduate and graduate levels in summer 2017.

Black Hills State University professor of American Indian Studies, Dr. John Glover, and Native Educational Endeavors, Inc. have been awarded a grant for $39,744 by the Indian Land Tenure Foundation to offer a Black Hills State University comprehensive online Indian Lands course. The accredited three credit course will be available at the undergraduate and graduate levels in summer 2017.

The purpose of the "College Course Online - Indian Lands" (CCOIL) Project is to "gather together into the circle" the existing and proven land tenure curriculum, pedagogies and expert instruction that have been tested over the last decade in classrooms across the U.S., assembling content into a new online course accredited and offered through BHSU according to Glover. This comprehensive experience, supported by extensive video instructional materials, will be deliverable online anywhere in the world where access to the internet is available. Glovers says the course will serve not only the needs of students attending state, private and tribal colleges and universities, but will be valuable to K-12 teachers and college instructors, student interns and graduate externs, as certification for existing and new tribal land office employees, as well as all others who are involved with Indian Lands in tribal, federal, state and private sectors.

"With over 300 Reservation land offices in the US serving hundreds of Tribal Nations and tens of thousands of Indian land owners, we fully realize that this course will be in high demand shortly after release," says Glover.

According to Glover, "through online offerings, we can bring the experts and cutting edge curriculum directly to the students, providing them best possible individualized educational and training experience."

Glover first joined BHSU in 1992. Since that time, he has taught over a dozen undergraduate and graduate courses, published extensively, served as BHSU Director for the Center for American Indian Studies having also intermittently served the University of South Dakota School of Law as a fellow and associate dean. In 2007, Glover along with a group of Indian law experts and American Indian Studies faculty, formed Native Educational Endeavors, INC. (www.nativeed.com). Based out of Spearfish, the two-fold mission of NEE, INC. is to provide educational opportunities for American Indians and to foster cross-cultural respect. Since formation, Glover has served as NEE, INC's executive director. Most recently, Glover was selected as a 2015 Bush Foundation Fellow. As a Fellow, Glover is currently taking course work to complete three professional certifications through Cornell, Harvard and Stanford.

The CCOIL Project is supported by the national, community-based non-profit Indian Land Tenure Foundation (www.iltf.org) whose headquarters are located in Minnesota. ILTF serves American Indian Nations and peoples by promoting education, increasing cultural awareness, creating economic opportunity and reforming the legal and administrative systems that interfere with or otherwise prevent Tribes and Indian peoples from owning and effectively controlling reservation lands.

The Indian Land coursework will be offered through Black Hills State University, South Dakota's third largest comprehensive public university. This course will support the University's longstanding and nationally recognized American Indian Studies undergraduate major and minor programs, along with its recently announced and SD Board of Regents-approved AIS Master Program.

For more information, contact Glover directly at John.Glover@BHSU.edu.
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