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  • 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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  • Elizabeth Alva Sumida [1998] (Wanka). Elizabeth graduated Dartmouth with a modified major in Anthropology and Native American Studies.  Her writing project concentrated on post-colonization writing as a form of revolutionary thought and resistance in Peru. Her title: "Waling on Stones and Dir: Wanka Storytelling in Chongos Bajo."

  • Brooke Mosay Ammann [1997]  (St. Croix Band Chippewa). Brooke majored in Religion and received a Minor in Native American Studies. She was awarded the Writing Prize for her autobiographical essay "And Still ..... I Walk."

  • Peggy J. Ackerberg (1997-1998) - (Citizen Potawatomi), attended Harvard's Department of Romance Languages and Literatures. Her dissertation: "Peau rouge, marches blancs: The Marketing of Native America in French Literature." Peggy did not complete her dissertation, and is now employed in the private sector.

  • William Wood (visiting from Williams College, 1997) (Cherokee). Bill graduated with a Major in History.  He received the writing reward for his final history research project: "The Social, Political, and Economic Atmosphere of the Treaty of New Echota."

  • Alyce Spotted Bear (Mandan Hidasta) fulfilled two roles when she came to Dartmouth, from Cornell University where she had been working on her Ph.D. in Education. She served as a tribal elder in residence, and also as a visiting instructor. Her courses included "American Indian Education" and "American Indian Women of the Plains, a Cultural History."

  • Dennis (Dan) Runnels (1996-1997) - (Colville), was a Visiting Instructor of Spanish and Native American Studies, Dartmouth College, 1997-2008. His dissertation: "Guaman Poma: An Amerindian's Discursvie Strategies of Resistance in Post-Conquest Peru." Dan has not yet completed his dissertation. Nevertheless, he was hired by the Native American Studies Program to teach a number of courses on identity and biography. He is now retired.

  • Chadwick Smith is a Cherokee attorney and a direct descendant of Redbird Smith, Keetowah Society spiritual leader of the Cherokee Nation. Chad taught two courses for NAS in the Winter Term, 1996: "The Political and Legal History of the Cherokee Nation," and "American Indian Law and Policy." After he was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation in 1999, Chad Smith returned to Dartmouth and gave a public lecture titled: "Indian America's New Buffalo: Why the Cherokee Nation Will Not...

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  • Kevin Connelly (1995-1996) - (Onondaga),received his Ph.D. in linguistics from Cornell University. His dissertation is titled: "How to Capture the Moment: Aspect, Modality, and Tense in Onondaga Discourse." Kevin is now a Language Revitalization Consultant for Onondaga Nation, working on indigenous endangered language revitalization curriculum design and lesson planning and providing professional linguistic analysis and subsequent advice on second language acquisition. Previously, he was a...

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  • Jo Ann Woodsum (1994-1995) - (Cahuilla),received her PhD from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a dissertation titled:  "The Cultural Construction of Zuni Women's Identity, 1870-1920." She is now an associate in Stein & Lubin LLP Real Estate Practice Group in San Francisco.

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