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Michael Hanitchak, Director
Michael first came to Dartmouth when he matriculated with the class of 1973, one year before the Native American Program was established. After graduating with a major in Studio Art (sculpture) he began his professional career as Dartmouth's first Native American admissions officer. He then went on to do work with a crisis intervention hotline until 1981and pursued freelance photography, sculpture, and filmmaking-which he continues today. In 1993 he returned to Dartmouth to teach in the Film Studies Department and the Native American Studies Program. In 1995 he became the Native American Program Director.


Julie Ratico, Administrative Assistant
Julie has dedicated 17 years to working with the Native American program. As a result of her time and experience working with Native students and the program, Julie has without a doubt has become an integral part of the program. Students find her to be a great resource and they can always count on her to bid them to "Have a Great Day!" She is currently remodeling her home in Vermont and is a grandmother to a beautiful baby girl.

Poonam Aspaas, Program Coordinator
Poonam joined the Native American Program in January 2006, less than two years after her graduation. During her interim she worked for the John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as a post-baccalaureate research fellow, working in the behavioral health department. As program coordinator, she works to provide support, guidance and mentorship to students as they engage in various academic, social and cultural activities. She is originally from the Navajo Reservation, loves all comedy, and is training for a half-marathon.

Native American Program Interns
Student interns support programming sponsored by the Native American Program. Major projects include faculty dinners and Dartmouth's annual Pow-wow.