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  • Next month, Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies Melanie Taylor and her husband, Alan Taylor, a lecturer in writing, will pack up their house in New London, N.H., and move with their 2-year old son, Abel, into a large Victorian house on North Park Street—part of the College’s new ...

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  • BETHEL – After months of tension, discord and questions about its very viability from some of its Southwest Alaska member tribes, the region's leading Alaska Native nonprofit answered this week with a call for unity, a new power structure and for the first time, a woman in charge.

    The Association of Village Council Presidents, made of 56 tribes in 48 villages throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, punctuated its annual convention in Bethel on Thursday with the naming of Vivian Johnson...

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  • N. Bruce Duthu ’80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, will be the next Frank. J. Guarini Associate Dean for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. He succeeds Lynn Higgins, the Edward Tuck Professor of French and a professor of comparative literature, of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and of film and media studies....

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  • JoRee LaFrance ’17, from Crow Agency, Montana, and Helen Thomas ’18, from Grand Forks, N.D., have been awarded 2016 scholarships from the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation.

    They join 58 other Udall Scholars—exceptional student leaders from 49 colleges and universities around the country who are committed to careers in the environment, American Indian health care, or tribal public policy. The scholarship provides up to $7,000 for the scholar’s junior or senior year.

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  • Colorful Native American regalia will swirl around the Green May 7 and 8 as the 44th annual Dartmouth Powwow honors and showcases tribal traditions. Grand Entry will take place at noon both days, when dancers and musicians line up to begin the festivities. Sadie Red Eagle ’19 will serve as head woman dancer. Drummers, other musicians, and dancers will come to Hanover from other parts of the country, and some will compete for prizes. On Saturday, Hawaiian students will host a luau. Sunday...

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  • Growing up on a ranch on the Crow reservation in Montana, surrounded by family—her mother, father, twin sister, aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents—JoRee LaFrance ’17 knows the power of storytelling.

    “My grandmother, Joan Horn, has always been the person we all go to,” LaFrance says. She recently began using her smart phone to record her grandmother’s tales. Her favorite is about a boy raised by bighorn sheep.

    “His stepfather pushes him over a cliff, but he gets caught on...

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  • Completed at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve, her recent thesis focused on the sociocultural impacts of hydroelectric development among the James Bay Cree, in Northern Quebec. For the last 10 year, she has been doing ethnographic research in the Community of Nemaska, documenting how the Cree hunting practices and, more generally, their relationship to land have been challenged by their greater integration in the resource development industry since the signing of the “Peace of the Braves”...

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  • For years, backcountry skiers have been illegally cutting trees and brush to open up trails. As the sport grows in popularity, officials with Green Mountain National Forest hope a new pilot program in Vermont could become a model to curb unsanctioned cutting, and expand terrain at the same time.  Professor Nick Reo and Dartmouth students are designing backcountry ski/snowboard trails that are as low impact on the forest and wildlife as possible and are monitoring for unintended ecological...

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  • Native American Studies’ inaugural Off-Campus Program in Santa Fe, New Mexico launched in September 2015.  The program is based at the Institute of American Indian Art where students are studying federal Indian law, contemporary Native American art and the history of the Native Southwest.  Students have participated in field trips to tribal communities, art galleries, museums, archives, and sites of historic significance.  The attached photo shows the group on a visit to Window Rock, Arizona...

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  • Bilagáanaa niliigo’ dóó Kinyaa’áaniiyásh’chíín. Bilagáanaa dabicheii dóó Tsinaajinii dabinálí. Ákót’éego diné asdzá̹á̹ nilí̹. Farina King is “Bilagáanaa” (Euro-American), born for “Kinyaa’áanii” (the Towering House Clan) of the Diné (Navajo). Her maternal grandfather was Euro-American, and her paternal grandfather was “Tsinaajinii” (Black-streaked Woods People Clan) of the Diné. She is currently a U.S. History Ph.D. candidate at Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in...

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