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The Indigenous Policy Summer Institutes are a series of short-term academic and service-learning exchanges that provide a student-based and partially student-run space for the discussion of questions of indigenous governance, culture, politics, and history, which takes place in an interdisciplinary, experiential and indigenous setting. Prepared by a classroom seminars, graduate and undergraduate students and faculty from Oregon State University and interested partners meet for a week of field trips and an academic conference each spring. The location may be a different indigenous community every year.

The student-based institutes are organized in cooperation between Oregon State University, tribal nations, and further institutional partners. Faculty-led workshops and courses at all participating institutions prepare a joint field trip, the institute week, which contains institutional visits, talks and workshops. In the future, we will also incorporate a final student-based and student-organized conference.

The institutes are targeted towards students of the humanities and social sciences, including Public Policy, Political Science, Cultural and Literary Studies, History, Education, Ethnic Studies, and others, who are working together in order to approach political and historical topics with a strong relation to present-day cultural and public policy issues. The students are furthermore provided with an outlook into professional and practical applications of their academic training.

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