The Dartmouth Powwow

The Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) and Native American Program (NAP) have hosted the Dartmouth Pow-Wow since 1973, attracting over one-thousand on-lookers annually.

The Dartmouth Pow-Wow serves as an opportunity for members of both the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities to observe, participate, and learn from a broad representation of Native American dances, music, and arts and crafts.

When: Mother’s Day Weekend May 7th & 8th
Location: The Green | Rain Location – Leede Arena
Grand Entry: 12:00 PM Both Days


hanem-anon: Celebrating Indigenous Women and Leadership - May 4-5

We invite the Dartmouth community and the public to join in the conversation with Jennifer Rose Denetdale (dine), Winona LaDuke (Ojibwe), Mililani Trask (Kanaka Oiwi), and Ellen Gabriel (Mohawk).  Their involvement in indigenous resistance movements include DAPL, the Keystone XL Pipeline, Indigenous gender issues, Treaty rights, history, the United Nations Declaration of Rights of Indigenous peoples, and more. Please join the Native American community at Dartmouth in welcoming these extraordinary women, while engaging in opportunities to bring awareness to prominent indigenous issues.

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N. Bruce Duthu ’80 Appointed Dean of the Faculty

President Phil Hanlon ’77 and Provost Carolyn Dever announced today that they have appointed N. Bruce Duthu ’80, a scholar of Native American law and policy, to be the next dean of the faculty of arts and sciences.

Duthu, the Frank J. Guarini Associate Dean of the Faculty for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs and the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, will succeed Dean Michael Mastanduno on July 1. Mastanduno, the Nelson A. Rockefeller Professor of Government, has spent seven years leading the arts and sciences faculty.

Read the full story here.

Q&A with history and Native American studies professor Colin Calloway

History and Native American studies professor Colin Calloway first studied Native American history and relations in his home country, England. He then moved to the United States, where he taught high school English in Springfield, Vermont and then served as associate director and editor of the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies at the Newberry Library in Chicago. Calloway first came to Dartmouth in 1990 as a visiting professor before permanently joining the College in 1995. At Dartmouth, Calloway has produced numerous publications on Native American history on topics such as the history of Native Americans at Dartmouth and the Native American West prior to the expeditions of Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This term, Calloway is teaching Native American Studies 15, “American Indian & Expansion 1800-1924.” His book “The Indian World of George Washington” will be published in spring 2018.


Read the full interview conducted with The Dartmouth here.

How “Rez Accents” Strengthen Native Identity

Research shows that ethnic identity is shaped not only by the loss—and revitalization—of mother tongues but also by the remixing of English.

In a story about the creation of Native American English, or “the rez accent,” the magazine turns for comment to Kalina Newmark ’11 and Nacole Walker ’11, who authored a study about ethnic identity and language. Read the full story here.

Native Student Joins Protest at Standing Rock

At the beginning of fall term, Augusta Terkildsen ’19, who lives on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, faced a decision. Should she return to Hanover for her sophomore year at Dartmouth? Or should she join members of her tribe, the Oglala Sioux, who, with others, are trying to block the proposed Dakota Access oil pipeline, which opponents consider a serious threat to the region’s drinking water?

“Others call us protesters,” says Terkildsen. “We think of ourselves as protectors of the water.”

To Native Americans, she says, water is not just a resource—it’s an ancestor.

Melanie Benson Taylor to Become North Park House Professor

Next month, Associate Professor and Chair of Native American Studies Melanie Taylor and her husband, Alan Taylor, a lecturer in writing, will pack up their house in New London, N.H., and move with their 2-year old son, Abel, into a large Victorian house on North Park Street—part of the College’s new house communities system. Taylor says she’s thrilled to begin next term as the resident professor for North Park House.

“It will be a learning process for me,” says Taylor. “I am eager to get to know the members of this house community and to learn their interests and desires so we can all decide how to create activities that will be a good fit.”

Taylor will replace Dean Rebecca Biron, who filled the post temporarily after Ryan Calsbeek, an associate professor of biological sciences, stepped down.


BETHEL – After months of tension, discord and questions about its very viability from some of its Southwest Alaska member tribes, the region's leading Alaska Native nonprofit answered this week with a call for unity, a new power structure and for the first time, a woman in charge.

The Association of Village Council Presidents, made of 56 tribes in 48 villages throughout the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, punctuated its annual convention in Bethel on Thursday with the naming of Vivian Johnson Korthuis as its first chief executive officer.

When financial troubles started to become apparent to AVCP leaders in August 2015, Korthuis, who grew up in the village of Emmonak, led the effort to turn the organization around, board members said.


Read the full article here.


N. Bruce Duthu ’80 to Lead International and Interdisciplinary Programs

N. Bruce Duthu ’80, the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies, will be the next Frank. J. Guarini Associate Dean for International Studies and Interdisciplinary Programs. He succeeds Lynn Higgins, the Edward Tuck Professor of French and a professor of comparative literature, of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies, and of film and media studies. She has held the office since 2011.