The Treaty of Box Elder (Oxford University Press)

In a blog published by Oxford University Press, Colin G. Calloway, the John Kimball, Jr. 1943 Professor of History and a professor of Native American Studies, writes about the Treaty of Box Elder. July 30, 2013, marks the 150th anniversary of the treaty between the Northwestern Shoshones and the United States, Calloway notes.

Calloway, whose most recent book is Pen and Ink Witchcraft: Treaties and Treaty Making in American Indian History, says the Box Elder Treaty is rarely written about, but repercussions from it are still felt today.

Read the full story, published 7/30/13 by Oxford University Press.

40 Years of Native American Studies at Dartmouth

When Dartmouth was founded on December 13, 1769, its charter created a college “for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land … and also of English Youth and any others.” But this central tenet of the College’s charter went largely unfilled for 200 years, as Dartmouth counted only 20 Native American students among its graduates prior to 1970.

When Dartmouth’s 13th president, John G. Kemeny, took office in March 1970, he vowed to rededicate the institution to this mission. Following a period of recruitment, Dartmouth welcomed 15 Native American students that fall. Also, a group of students voiced the need for an academic program dedicated solely to the study of Native American literature, culture, and history. So a committee, co-chaired by President Emeritus James E. Wright, then an assistant professor of history, was formed to look into the creation of a Native American Studies (NAS) program.

Panel Features Distinguished Native American Writers

As Associate Professor Melanie Benson Taylor was helping line up speakers for a Native American studies event in April, she had a realization.

“I noticed how many of the speakers are authors on my syllabus for my spring term course,” says Benson Taylor, who teaches Native American literature this term. “It’s amazing. The impact that will have on students is extraordinary.”

As part of the 40th anniversary of the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth, four Native American writers and a scholar of Native writing will take part in a panel discussion next week. Linda Hogan, Helen Hoy, Stephen Graham Jones, Thomas King, and David Treuer will participate in a discussion titled, “Telling Lives: Native American Writing in the 21st Century.” The panel, free and open to the public, begins at 4 p.m. on April 5 in Moore Hall’s Filene Auditorium. There will be a book signing afterward.

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