Gordon Russell Visiting Professorship Alumni

Russell Barsh (1998-1999)

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 program at Lethbridge. He has taught and written on a range of topics from a Native perspective, and his research and service also contains a strong international component. He taught three courses at Dartmouth: "The Fourth World," "Indigenous Science," and "Oppression, Memory, and Recovery." He also worked with Dartmouth's Environmental Studies Program, coordinating an independent study course with them on indigenous farming at Dartmouth's Connecticut River farm facility.

Alyce Spotted Bear (1996-1997)

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."

Chadwick Smith (1995-1996)

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 Support Casino Gaming." Chad Smith was elected Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, a position he still holds today.

Bernd C. Peyer (1994-1995)

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."