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Oct. 17, 2003

UW-RF Offers On-Line Native American History Course

The UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies office is offering an online history course entitled "Native Americans and the Upper Midwest." The class will be held from Nov. 4 through Jan. 31.

The course covers the history of the native peoples of Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and northern Illinois. Topics include pre-contact cultures and migrations, the fur trade, the treaty period, and the contemporary era. Students will learn major cultures, key events, and the organization and structure of Native American groups.

"Native Americans and the Upper Midwest" is an online course with no face-to-face meetings. Students are required to participate each week in the online discussion board. Upon completion of the course, students will receive two undergraduate or graduate credits and will have met the Native American course requirements for Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction teacher licensure.

Teaching the course is Professor Kurt Leichtle has been a member of the history department at UW-River Falls since 1986. He most recently published a book titled "The Chippewa: A History of the Great Lakes Woodland Tribe Over Three Centuries." Leichtle has sought out numerous teaching venues beyond the traditional classroom to bring history education to young people and to those who cannot easily access a university campus because of their location.

For more information and to register, call the Outreach and Graduate Studies office at 715/425-3256, or visit the web site,


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