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  • 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.

  • 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."

  • 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.

  • Professor Peyer joined us from Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universitat; Zentrum fur Nordamerika-Forschung (ZENAF), Frankfurt, Germany. A recognized expert in the study of New England Indian intellectuals of the Colonial era, he taught two courses: "American Indian Intellectuals" and "Pre-20th Century American Indian Literature." He also presented a public lecture: "Dartmouth's Samson Occom and His Vision of a New England Christian Indian Body Politic."

  • Christopher Jocks (1992-1993) - (Mohawk) was our very first Eastman Fellow. His dissertation was titled: "Relationship Structures in Longhouse Tradition at Kahnawa:ke" After completing his dissertation he was appointed to a joint assistant professorship in both NAS and Religion at Dartmouth, a position he held for eight years, from 1990 to 2002. In 2008 Professor Jocks was a visiting professor at Fort Lewis College, and has recently done consulting work in Colorado.

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