Arcus Course: Introduction to Indigenous History

Arcus Course: Introduction to Indigenous History

  • Register
    • Nonmember - $90
    • Academic Program - $65
    • Academic Faculty - $65
    • Academic Student - $65
    • Partner Institution - $65
    • Partner Institution Staff - $65
    • Premier Partner Institution - $65
    • Premier Institution Staff - $65
    • Platinum Partner Institution - $65
    • Platinum Institution Staff - $65
    • Complimentary - $65
    • Individual Membership - $65
    • Subscription Services - $65
    • Institutional Budget - $65
    • Institutional Staff - $65
    • Individual Student - $65
    • Institutional Member - $65
    • Individual Student Renew - $65

Course Description

Are you a history or museum professional who is interested in learning Indigenous history, but hasn’t taken the time to do it yet?  In this course you will be given a basic introduction to Indigenous history from a basic vocabulary to contemporary issues today.


COST: $65 AASLH Members / $90 Nonmembers 

FORMAT: Online self-paced, broken into sections expected to be done over 5 weeks approximately 5-7 hours of work per week


  • Books: Must be purchased separately
    • An Indigenous Peoples' History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
    • The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee by David Treuer
  • Media:


  • Have a basic understanding of some vocabulary to use when referring to Indigenous history
  • Have a basic understanding of Indigenous history
  • Be able to cite resources to use for further information
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Heather Bruegl

Heather Bruegl is a citizen of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin and first-line descendent Stockbridge Munsee. She is a public historian, activist, and consultant who works with institutions and organizations for Indigenous sovereignty and collective liberation.She is a graduate of Madonna University in Michigan andholds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in U.S. History. Her research comprises numerous topics related to American history, legacies of colonization, and Indigeneity, including the Dakota War of 1812, the history of American Boarding Schools, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (#MMIW). Heather has presented her work at academic institutions including the University of Michigan, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the College of the Menominee Nation, as well as at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh for Indigenous Peoples Day 2017. 

Heather consults for a variety of museums and universities and is a frequent lecturer at conferences on topics ranging from intergenerational racism and trauma to the fight for clean water in the Native community. She has been invited to share her research on Native American history, including policy and activism, equity in museums, and land back initiatives for such institutions as the Tate and the Brooklyn Public Library. Heather opened and spoke at the Women’s March Anniversary in Lansing, Michigan, in January 2018, and at the first ever Indigenous Peoples March in Washington, D.C., in January 2019. In 2019, 2020, and 2021, Heather spoke at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Museum in Custer, South Dakota, for its Talking Circle Series.

Heather is currently is the Curator of Civic and Political Engagement at the Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. She formerly worked as Director of Education of the Forge Project, a decolonial art and education initiative on the unceded homelands of the Muh-he-con-ne-ok in Upstate New York, where she organized public programming and events and led the Forge Project Fellowship program. 

If you have any questions, please contact AASLH Professional Development staff at or 615-320-3203.