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  • 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...

  • Maile Arvin (2012-2013) -(Native Hawaiian) received her Ph.D. in Ethnic Studies at the University of California at San Diego. Her dissertation, "The Science of Settler Colonialism: Native Hawaiian Indigeneity Amidst Hawai'i's 'Racial Mix,' examines the legacies of scientific constructions of race in Hawai'i for Native Hawaiians. Her work uses Indigenous feminist frameworks in addressing the history of eugenics, blood quantum, and the image of Hawaii 'i as a multicultural, "racial paradise"...

  • Blythe K. George (Yurok) was awarded the writing prize for her Senior Thesis Project:" Native American Academic Performance: Does School Type Matter?"

  • Mattie Harper (2011-2012) -(Bois Forte Band of Ojibwe):received her Ph.D in Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, with a designated emphasis in Women, Gender and Sexuality. Her dissertation, titled "French Africans in Indian Country," examines identify formation by focusing on four generations of one family in the Western Great Lakes region. Her work raises questions about the construction of race, Native American identity formation, and cross-cultural encounters in the...

  • Hunter Cox (Prairie Band Potawatomi) was awarded the writing prize for his senior thesis: "The Bolivian Constitution: A Truly Ethnic Phenomenon?"

  • Prof. Lomawaima's research on the experiences of American Indian alumni of a federal off-reservation boarding school is rooted in the experiences of her father Curtis Thorpe Carr, who survived, from age 9 to 16, the Chilocco Indian Agricultural School in Oklahoma. Interviews with her father and sixty of his contemporaries, plus information from federal policy and archives, appear in They Called it Prairie Light: The Story of Chilocco Indian School, winner of the 1993 North American Indian...

  • Chukan Brown (2010-2011) - (Aleut and Inupiat) received her PhD in Philosophy from McGill University, with a Graduate Certificate in Gender and Women's Studies. Her doctoral work considers questions of indigenous identity by beginning first with a critique of contemporary race theory and theories of social identity. After teaching Ethics, Epistemology, and Social Philosophy at Northern Arizona University, she left the academic arena and is now a writer-philosopher who writes, travels,...

  • Terra L. Branson (2010) Muscogee (Creek) was awarded the writing prize for her Senior Thesis: " Enduring Political Change: The Story of Mvskoke."

  • Shannon Prince (Cherokee) graduated as a Senior Fellow. Her senior thesis was entitled "Bones in the Other World."

  • Dagmar Seely (Sac and Fox of Oklahoma) NAS Visiting Tribal Scholar 2009-2010. Dagmar is in her 4th year as a Ph.D. student at Indiana University, Bloomington. She received a Master of Arts in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University in 2005.Her two primary academic areas of interest are philanthropic studies and higher education. While at Dartmouth Dagmar worked on her research project regarding Mohegan scholar and fundraiser Samson Occom. Her primary research is the role of Samson as...