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Dr. Charlotte Cote'

Dr. Charlotte Cote' (Nuu-chah-nulth) has been teaching in AIS since 2001. Dr. Cote received tenure in the fall of 2008 and will be promoted to Associate Professor in September, 2009. Dr. Cote' has a B. A. in Political Science from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia and an M. A. and Ph.D. in Comparative Ethnic Studies from the University of California at Berkeley. She also has a Degree in Broadcast Communications from the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Cote's research examines issues around Native governance, politics, law, and sovereignty in the United States and Canada. She has published numerous articles that cover issues such as traditional Indian law and justice systems, the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth whaling tradition and the northwest coast Guardian Spirit Complex. Dr. Cote' has recently completed a book manuscript titled, Honoring the Spirits of our Whaling Ancestors. The Revitalization of the Makah and Nuu-chah-nulth Whaling Tradition.

Dr. Cote' serves as Chair of the "House of Knowledge" Project Advisory Committee (HOKPAC), which is a project coordinated by Dr. Cote' and other Native American faculty, staff and students, to build a longhouse-style facility on the UW's Seattle campus. She also serves on the UW's Graduate Opportunities & Minority Achievement Program (GO-MAP) board.

Dr. Cote' is also very active in the surrounding Native community. She is a member of the Potlatch Fund Foundation Board and have served in an advisory capacity to the United Indians of All Tribes Foundation and the Northwest Folklife Festival Cultural Committee. As well, Dr. Cote' is an executive member of the Seattle Art Museum Native Arts Council.

Dr. Cote' teaches; AIS 270 - Indians in the Pacific Northwest, AIS 335 - American Indians and the Law, AIS 431 - History of Indian Education, AIS 441 - Gender in Native American Societies, AIS 461 - First Nations Government and Politics in Canada, AIS 465 - First Nations Filmmaking in Canada. She also teaches a graduate course that examines Indian sovereignty and public policy issues.