Indigenous Nations, Sovereignty, and Land at Cal Poly

Program Highlights

Introduction to Tribal nations in the U.S., California and San Luis Obispo County
Exploration of the legal relationship between the U.S. and Native nations
Engage with traditional ecological knowledge and Indigenous land management practices
Review current policies that impact Native nations and environmental justice campaigns

Residential Tuition:


Session 2:
July 14, 2024 July 26, 2024


Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
Cal Poly SLO - San Luis Obispo, CA

Course Overview

The most pressing issue facing Indigenous peoples today is that of invisibility. This course focuses on Indigenous relationships, perspectives and land management practices in the United States, with California as the primary scope. We will also focus on the concept of natural and working lands, the relationship between the federal government and Tribes and contemporary environmental justice issues. We will be reading and listening to differing perspectives. Throughout the course students will learn about the land that surrounds us here, new ways of engaging with our environment, honed critical thinking skills and the desire to ask questions and answer them throughout their life and career.

Meet your instructor

Becca Lucas M.S., M.A.

Indigenous Nations, Sovereignty, and Land Cal Poly SLO

Becca Lucas received her M.S. in Agriculture Food and Environment and M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University and her B.A. in Sociology and Italian from University of California, Davis.

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Course Structure

There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During week two, students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers).

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