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Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations

The Certificate of Completion (CCL) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations is designed for students seeking entry-level positions with an Indigenous Nation. Students are provided with instruction and academic support in courses unique to the political, legal, economic, and social status of Indigenous peoples and their respective communities. MCCCD offers this unique program in recognition of the special political "trust relationship" between Indigenous Nations and the federal government of the United States. The curriculum emphasizes inherent Indigenous sovereignty, self-governance, self-determination, federal Indian law, and policy that currently addresses development on Indigenous lands. An Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations (3078) is also available.

Details

Academic Career
Credit
Degree/Certificate Type
Career and Technical Certificate
Academic Plan
Certificate of Completion (CCL)
Academic Plan Code
5078
Total Credits Required
20
Catalog Year
2020-2021
What You’ll Learn

This pathway map will help you gain the expertise needed to:

  1. Analyze the various ways in which Indigenous Peoples identify and organize themselves in relation to pre- and post-colonial contact.
  2. Examine the Indigenous concept of interconnectedness with respect to the Sacred, which is holistically and organically inclusive of culture, homeland, worldview, identity, nature, and sustainability.
  3. Assess the diverse political, economic, legal, cultural, and social systems of Indigenous Nations and the impact of the laws and policies of the United States on Indigenous Nations and their sovereignty.
  4. Evaluate contemporary issues that challenge Indigenous Nations.
Career Opportunities

Successful completion of this program may lead to employment in a variety of different occupations and industries. Below are examples of related occupations with associated Arizona-based annual median wages* for this program. Education requirements vary for the occupations listed below, so you may need further education or degrees in order to qualify for some of these jobs and earn the related salaries. Please visit with an academic advisor and/or program director for additional information.

Bookkeeping, Accounting, and Auditing Clerks

$39,100

Business Operations Specialists, All Other

$64,530

Public Relations and Fundraising Managers

$88,550

Transportation, Storage, and Distribution Managers

$78,480

* Wage information sourced from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Employment Statistics Program. Updated May 2018.
Course Sequence by Term

The following is the suggested course sequence by term. Please keep in mind:

  • The course sequence is laid out by suggested term and may be affected when students enter the program at different times of the year.
  • Initial course placement is determined by current district placement measures and/or completion of 100-200 level course and/or program requirements.
  • Degree and transfer seeking students may be required to successfully complete a MCCCD First Year Experience Course (FYE) within the first two semesters at a MCCCD College. Courses include AAA/CPD150, AAA/CPD150AC, CPD104, and AAA115/CPD115. Course offerings will vary by college. See an academic, program, or faculty advisor for details.
  • Students should meet with an academic advisor about any concerns that may affect course enrollment.

Full-time Sequence

Full-time status is 12 credits to 18 credits per semester.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
CPD103BE Native American Cultural Pride And Awareness Critical course 2
AIS/SOC141 Sovereign Indian Nations C, H, SB 3
AIS201 Tribal Management Seminar 3

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3
AIS/SOC112 or
AIS203 or
AIS+++
American Indian Policy or Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations or Any American Indian Studies course not taken in Required Courses. Restricted Electives 3

Part-time Sequence

Part-time status is 11 credit hours or less.

Term 1

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 1
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC105 Introduction to American Indian Studies Critical course Gateway course C 3
CPD103BE Native American Cultural Pride And Awareness Critical course 2

Term 2

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 2
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC141 Sovereign Indian Nations C, H, SB 3
AIS201 Tribal Management Seminar 3

Term 3

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 3
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
MGT253 Owning and Operating a Small Business 3
AIS/SOC160 American Indian Law C, H 3

Term 4

A sequence of suggested courses that should be taken during Term 4
Course
Number
Course Name Requisites Notes Area Credits
AIS/SOC112 or
AIS203 or
AIS+++
American Indian Policy or Fundamentals of Economic Development for Indigenous Nations or Any American Indian Studies course not taken in Required Courses. Restricted Electives 3
Program Area Key
Disclaimer

Students must earn a grade of "C" or better for all courses required within the program.

Course Sequence total credits may differ from the program information located on the MCCCD curriculum website due to program and system design.

View MCCCD’s program website for the Certificate of Completion in Sustaining and Advancing Indigenous Nations (http://aztransmac2.asu.edu/cgi-bin/WebObjects/MCCCD.woa/wa/freeForm?id=143585).

At Maricopa, we strive to provide you with accurate and current information about our degree and certificate offerings. Due to the dynamic nature of the curriculum process, course and program information is subject to change. As a result, the course list associated with this degree or certificate on this site does not represent a contract, nor does it guarantee course availability. If you are interested in pursuing this degree or certificate, we encourage you to meet with an advisor to discuss the requirements at your college for the appropriate catalog year.