Native Peoples of the Southwest

Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.
UA Campus
Class size
60 students

This course will focus on the Native Peoples of the Southwest, particularly those of southern Arizona, and their interactions with the Spanish empire, the Mexican republic, and the United States over the last 500 years. The Southwest is a region that remained a frontier in the most basic sense of the term – a place where no group had a monopoly on violence – until the 1880s, when Geronimo and the Chiricahua Apaches surrendered for the final time. During those centuries, Native peoples living in the region like the Hopis and O’odham encountered two waves of newcomers – Athabaskan-speaking peoples from the north and Spaniards from the south. This class will focus on those encounters as well as the contemporary struggles of Native peoples to reclaim their tribal sovereignty and take control of their own destinies in the 21st century.

Course Details

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How to Register

Starting Monday, February 18, 2019, at 10 a.m. you can register online through the University of Arizona Foundation. You will need to enter your contact information and credit card details. Upon registration completion, you will receive a confirmation email.

Refund policy

Refunds are available and need to be requested BEFORE the second class meeting. To drop a class, please contact Kerstin Miller at 520-621-5111 or

A $25 administrative fee will apply.

Please be aware that unregistered guests are not able to attend class meetings. Registered students may bring a guest one time without charge. Please contact Kerstin Miller at before the date you would like to bring a guest.


Location Details
Environmental and Natural Resources Building 2 (ENR2), Room S230. This room is wheelchair accessible and has an assisted listening system.

The Sixth Street Garage is immediately east of the classroom building. The garage is on the south side of the campus between Park and Highland Avenues. The hourly charge is $2 before 5 p.m. and $1 after 5 p.m. Please be aware that higher flat-rate fees may apply on game days or on the days of other special events. Visit parking & transportation for additional parking options and more information.