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  • Margaret (Pueblo/Hispanic) taught two courses during the fall and winter terms in our Native American Studies Program. She was the Curator of Fine Art at the Heard Museum in Phoenix from 1987-2002, and responsible for the organization, development and implementation of all fine art exhibits, collections, research, publications, programming and education activities. She co-organized a conference at the University of Arizona in 2002: "The Heart of Culture: Indigenous Exchange in a Contemporary...

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  • Vera Palmer (2001-2002) - (Tuscarora/Iroquois), completed her dissertation on the Iroquois Condolence ceremonies, titled: "Bringing Kateri Home: Restoring a Cultural Narrative of an Iroquoian Saint." Vera has remained at Dartmouth and is now a Senior Lecturer, teaching 5 literature-focused Native American Studies courses including an introductory course and an advanced seminar.

  • Dian Million (2001-2002) - (Tanana Athabascan), received her Ph.D. in Native American and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Berkeley. Her dissertation title is "Telling Secrets: Politics, Gender and Race in the Production of Aboriginal Sovereignty." Dian is now an Associate Professor American Indian Studies at the University of Washington.

  • Laura Beth Duncan (Comanche). Laura graduated with a major in Engineering Science and a Minor in Studio Art. She received the writing prize for her final paper in NAS 40 - Introduction to American Indian Languages:  "Comanche Cultural and Linguistic Change."

  • Professor of History Elon College, Ellis has done research on the early American Indian education experiences, as well as the Kiowa Indians and their experience with Christianity. He is author of three books: "To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920" (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996); "The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity and Indian Hymns," (accompanied with a music CD of 26 Kiowa hymns), and "A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the...

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  • Professor Abler received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1969. His research interests involve historical aspects of socio-political organization of Native Peoples of North America, including warfare, factionalism, kinship, and mythology. He taught two courses at Dartmouth: "The Invasion of America" and "History of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy," during the Fall Term, 2000.

  • Darren J. Ranco (1999-2000) - (Penobscot), completed his B.A. in Anthropology at Dartmouth College, 1993, his MS in Environmental Law at Vermont Law School in 1998 and his Ph.D. in Social Anthropology at Harvard University in 2000. He was on the faculty at Dartmouth in our Native Studies Program and the Environmental Studies Program, from 2002-2008.  He is now an Associate Professor of Anthropology and the Coordinator of Native American Research at the University of Maine.

  • Dr. Tanner is professor of Anthropology at Memorial University, Newfoundland. He authored a book in 1979, "Bringing Home Animals." During Winter Term, 2000, Dr. Tanner taught a course for us called "Peoples of the Northern Forest," which we cross-listed with the Anthropology department. He taught a second course on land issues in Canada and the United States.

  • Catherine Virginia McCarthy (Eastern Cherokee). Cat received the writing prize for her Honors Thesis in Native American Studies:  "Keepers of the Fire: Cherokee Philosophy and South Carolina Relations in the 18th Century."

  • Professor Barsh came to Dartmouth from the University of Lethbridge, Canada. He is a scholar and activist in the field of indigenous rights. From 1978 to 1981, he worked as one of the land claims researchers and treaty negotiators for the Union of Nova Scotia Indians and Mi-kmaq Grand Council. In 1982 he was given a commission as the Grand Council's representative to the United Nations, a role he served roughly half-time until 1993 when he left to help renew the Native American Studies...

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