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Indigenous Research Methodology Graduate Certificate Program

Photo: Dr. Duran with participants from College of Menominee Nation, Diné College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Priest Tribal College, and Northwest Indian College.

The Indigenous Research Methodology Academic Program, offered through Sitting Bull College’s Masters of Education Program, comprises a 17 graduate credit body of coursework which will be completed in a one-year timeframe, using mixed instructional delivery modalities including on-campus, intensive face-to-face instruction and webinars/interactive video.

Photo: Dr. Duran with participants from College of Menominee Nation, Diné College, Leech Lake Tribal College, Little Priest Tribal College, and Northwest Indian College.

Introduction to Indigenous Community Engagement and Research by Bonnie Duran, DrPH


Candidates completing the Indigenous Research Methodology Academic Program are expected to have achieved the following:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of knowledge democracy and the importance of multiple knowledge systems.
  2. Exemplify an understanding of the concepts and issues associated with tribal communities’ sovereign right to articulate research questions, approve, and participate in the research process.
  3. Practice respect for the protection of human subjects and tribal communities.
  4. Reveal professional competence in research design, data collection, data analysis, and dissemination of results.
  5. Demonstrate competence in effective communication, oral and written.

Candidates who complete the program will have acquired the ability to articulate a behavioral health research question into a research project, demonstrated understanding of the requirements of conducting research within Native American Institutional Review Board (IRB) jurisdictions, and demonstrated the facility with research tools, instrumentation and methods necessary to implement, analyze, and disseminate findings of a behavioral health research project.

INDIGENOUS RESEARCH METHODOLOGY COURSES—Graduate Certificate Program (pending Sitting Bull College approval)

Number Course Title Course Description Credits Instructor Dates
503 Introduction to Indigenous Research This course examines the concept of knowledge democracy and the importance of multiple knowledge systems such as organic, spiritual, and land based systems and the knowledge of the marginalized or excluded including indigenous knowledge of the respective tribal communities of the students, e.g., Ochethi Sakowin. Respectful engagement of Native communities through processes such as community-based, participatory research (CBPR) will also be addressed. 3 Dr. Bonnie Duran Sept. 29 through Nov. 20, 2017
570-1 Research Seminar I The seminar is designed to provide the knowledge and skills in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, academic, and research competencies essential to success in designing and carrying out a research project. 1 Dr. Deborah His Horse is Thunder Oct. 1 through Nov. 20, 2017
526 Research Writing This course covers basic research writing skills and requirements to write an effective APA formatted research paper or thesis. 1 Dr. Wayne Shelley Oct. 10 through Dec. 20, 2017
504 Research Ethics in Native American Communities This course examines the ethics of human subject research. Ethical theory and principles are introduced, followed by a brief history of research ethics. Topics covered in lectures and moderated discussions include informed consent for research participation, role and function of institutional review boards, just selection of research subjects, ethical aspects of study design, and privacy and confidentiality. Specific attention will be on work within Native American communities 2 Dr. William Freeman Oct. 9, 2017 through Jan. 2, 2018
525-1 Critique and Design of Research This course focuses on the application and critique of research design in various educational and behavioral health (emphasis) disciplines. It provides an in-depth examination of quantitative research approaches, sampling techniques, threats to validity, ethical considerations and reviewing, writing quantitative methodology descriptions for research proposals and reports. 2 Dr. Myra Parker and
Dr. Joan LaFrance
Jan, 3 through Jan. 15, 2018
527 Advanced Statistics This course covers the fundamentals of modern statistical methods in the context of biology, social science and other areas of interest. Topics covered in this course include descriptive statistics, the binomial and normal distributions, estimation, and hypothesis testing. The z, t, F, and chi-square test statistics ANOVA and some exposure to multi-variant analysis are included. 3 Dr. Myra Parker Jan. 5 through May 5, 2018
528 Qualitative Research Education research is a complex process that can involve several different methodological approaches. This course focuses on qualitative methods with the intent of obtaining in-depth information about the behaviors and beliefs of people in naturally occurring social settings. This course aims to provide students with an introduction to the theoretical perspectives which underlie this methodological approach and the techniques for and issues in gathering, analyzing, writing-up, and using qualitative data. Student will formulate a research question(s) for study. 3 Dr. Joan LaFrance Jan. 5 through May 5, 2018
571-1 Research Seminar II The candidate will be required to develop a researchproposal that includes an introduction, review of the literature, and methodology (Chapter 1, 2, and 3). EED 571 will entail the gathering, coding, analyzing, and interpreting of data findings. It will include recommendations, summary of findings, and conclusions. 2 Dr. Deborah His Horse is Thunder May 10 through Jun. 15, 2018
Total 17

Course Syllabi