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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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  • Joy Porter holds a Professorship in Indigenous Studies at the University of Hull, U.K. She gained her PhD and MA in 1993 from the University of Nottingham, U.K. and has held fellowships from the Leverhulme Trust, the Arts & Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. She has written a series of books, including studies of American Indian environmentalism, Indian Freemasonry and Indian intellectualism, that connect Native American history to modernity and its meanings. During her...

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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 received her U.S. History Ph.D.in 2016 at Arizona State University. She received her M.A. in African...

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  • With the support of a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Hood Museum of Art is digitizing its holdings in Native American Art—nearly 4,000 objects—reports the Valley News.

    The goal of the project is to make the art accessible through an online database, the story notes. Katherine Hart, the senior curator of collections and the Barbara C. and Harvey P. Hood 1918 Curator of Academic Programming, tells the Valley News that the digitization is “a further way to...

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