Welcome to the home page of De Anza College's American Indian Studies Dept. I retired at the end of Spring 2013. There are 2 part-time faculty members teaching in this department, Meg Kensler, Cheyenne River Sioux and Leslie Berry, Wampanoag and Cherokee. I returned Winter 2014 to teach part-time. My name is Gerri Parker and I am of Choctaw, Cherokee and German American (Pennsylvanian Dutch) descent. The Cherokee and Choctaw tribal nations are originally from the Southeast, but tribal members were physically rounded up by the US soldiers, contained in animal corrals with no shelter, no medical care and litle food and forced to migrate from their traditional homelands to Indian Territory.
I am married to a Choctaw (for 40 years) and together we have 3 grown children(Silas Daniel, Cheryl and Silas III), and 5 grandchildren: 4 grandsons(Stormy, Greysen, Rhys, Ki) and 1 granddaughter (Kayla). I first taught at De Anza in 1983. For 10 years I was a part- time instructor and was hired as a full time tenured faculty member in 1993. I retired at the end of Spring 2013. I also taught at the University of Santa Clara, San Jose City College, Ohlone College, Evergreen College and guest lectured at San Jose State and Stanford University. I was a Native Studies curriculum developer and trainer for local and national Indian Education Programs and the Office of Indian Education. I've conducted a substantial number of teacher training workshops in the Bay Area and nationally concerning American Indian students, their learning needs, native cultures, art, history and Thanksgiving myths and developed resource materials for reading books and Social Studies programs by grade level. I ran the Tutorial Center at the San Jose Indian Center, the Adult Ed/G.E.D. Program and functioned as the Vocational Counselor at the Indian Center, placing adults in vocational training programs. I was employed for a number of years as a teacher, curriculum developer and workshop trainer. I started my teaching career at Westpoint Elementary School in Calaveras County in 1975, volunteered and then worked for Fremont Unified School District in Fremont CA and Livermore Unified School District Indian Education and Bilingual Indian Education Programs.
I did my undergraduate work in Anthropology with an emphasis in California Indian prehistoric archaeology. It was not a very acceptable position to be an American Indian and a working archaeologist, especially one excavating sites with American Indian burials in the late '60s and early '70s when I was in school at CSU Hayward (now CSU East Bay). After graduating I worked one summer professionally as an archeologist, on a site disrupted by the building of Interstate 5 near Tracy and Manteca. I made the decision to leave the field of archaeology and applied to CSU Hayward's(East Bay) new Teacher Corps Program. A partnership with the Berkeley Public School District enabled the Interns of this partnership to teach in the the Berkeley schools. We also pioneered the Master's Degree in Multicultural Curriculum Development and I left at the end of the 2 year program with California Single and Multiple Subject California teaching credentials. I also hold 2 lifetime California Community College Teaching credentials in Ethnic Studies and Basic Skills. At De Anza in addition to teaching American Indian Studies courses I also taught other Intercultural Studies courses:
ICS 2 Cross-cultural Perspectives for a Multicultural Society
ICS 4 Race, Ethnicity and Social Stratification
ICS 9 Exploring Race and Ethnicity: Theories and Methods
Office hours: by appointment
The American Indian Studies (A.I.S.) Department is part of the Intercultural-International Studies Division. Degree opportunities in Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in American Indian Studies is an option. Students enrolled in A.I.S. Dept. courses serve as volunteers to the American Indian community's activities and organizations.
NATIVE AMERICAN STUDIES TEACHING SCHEDULE SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015
SUMMER SESSION 2015 NOT SCHEDULED TO TEACH
Fall QUARTER 2014
I AM NOT SCHEDULED TO TEACH BUT
M. KENSLER WILL TEACH ICS 44 AS A HYBRID
Some online instruction. Access to the internet
required. Class meets physically on Mondays 6:30pm - 10:20pm, except
10/6, 11/3, 11/24, and 12/8. Instructor will be available online on those dates.
WINTER QUARTER 2015
ICS 43Y Hybrid US History from American Indian Perspectives
M. KENSLER WILL TEACH ICS 44 AS A HYBRID
SPRING QUARTER 2015
ICS 46Y Literatures of America's Native Peoples Course Notes: Hybrid course with on-campus attendance on Tuesdays
from 6:30pm - 8:20pm and coursework done online. Instructor available
online on Thursday from 6:30pm - 8:20pm. Students must have access to a
computer, the Web and individual e-mail address.
If you have questions contact Gerri Parker at
SUMMER SESSION 2015 NOTHING SCHEDULED