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Native American Studies Program

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The Sherman House
Hanover, NH 03755
Phone: (603) 646-3530
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Native American Studies: Visiting Professors/Scholars

Gordon Russell Visiting Professorship

The Gordon W. Russell Visiting Professorship in Native American Studies was endowed in 1993 by Gordon W. Russell, Dartmouth Class of 1955. The purpose of the visiting professorship is to enhance core course offerings of the Native American Studies Program at Dartmouth. Each year, the NAS Program brings in a scholar from another institution who teaches one or two courses, and participates in other activities of our program.

Daniel R. Wildcat (Fall 2013).Professor Daniel R. Wildcat is a Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma. He is director of the Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Center and professor of Indigenous and American Indian Studies at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. Dr. Wildcat received B.A. and M.A. degrees in sociology from the University of Kansas and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He has taught at Haskell for 27 years. Dr. Wildcat's recent activities have revolved around forming the American Indian and Alaska Native Climate Change Working Group, recently renamed the Indigenous Peoples' Climate Change Working Group: a tribal college-centered network of individuals and organizations working on climate change issues. In 2008 he helped organize the Planning for Seven Generations climate change conference sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research. Dr. Wildcat also co-chaired with Winona La Duke the National Native Peoples-Native Homelands Climate Change Workshop at the Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino, November 18-21, 2009. He is the author and editor of several books: Power and Place: Indian Education In America,with Vine Deloria, Jr.;Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria's Legacy on Intellectual America, with Steve Pavlik. His most recent book, Red Alert: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge, suggests current global climate change issues will require the exercise of indigenous ingenuity-indigenuity-and wisdom if humankind is to reduce the ecological damage well underway.

Gordon Russell Visiting Professorship Alumni

Joyce Szabo ( Summer 2013). Professor Szabo is the Regents Professor of Art History at the University of New Mexico. She was the William H. Morton Distinguished Fellow at Dartmouth in the fall of 2010 when she took part in the Leslie Humanities Center Institute and symposium "Multiple Narratives in Plains Indian Ledger Art." A specialist in Native American Art and Museum Studies, Professor Szabo has published extensively on late-nineteenth and early twentieth-century Plains drawings. She has also published on other aspects of Native American art, as well as American art in general. Her publications include: Imprisoned Art, Complex Patronage: Plains Drawings by Howling Wolf and Zotom at the Autry National Center (2011); Fort Marion Art: The Arthur and Shifra Silberman Collection (2007); A Life in Balance: The Art of Conrad House (2006); Painters, Patrons, and Identity; Essays in Native American Art to Honor J.J. Brody, editor and contributing author (2001); Howling Wolf and the History of Ledger Art (1994);and Howling Wolf: An Autobiography of a Plains Warrior-Artist, (1992). This summer she is teaching NAS 30.1: Modern Native American Art History and NAS 30.2: Plains Ledger Drawings. Each of these courses is allowing her classes to use the extensive collections of the Hood Museum of Art. 

Tsianina Lomawaima (Fall 2011). 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 Prose Award, and the American Educational Association's 1995 Critics' Choice Award. Dr. Lomawaima's interdisciplinary work straddles Native Studies, anthropology, education, ethnohistory, and history. She focuses on the early 20th century, examining the "footprint" of federal Indian policy and practice in Indian country (especially through institutions such as schools), and the creative, persistent ways Native peoples have asserted sovereignty, protected language and culture, and resisted and co-opted federal agendas. At Dartmouth in fall 2011, she is teaching NAS 30.01 Educating Native Americans; and NAS 30.02 Indigenous Science through Material Culture. She is a proud founder and President Elect of the Native American & Indigenous Studies Association/NAISA, see!

Paul and his students
Paul Ongtooguk with students Alanna H. Purdy, '09 and Daniel M. Becker, '09

Paul Ongtooguk (2008-2009). Professor Ongtooguk (Native Alaskan) is a professor at the College of Education, University of Alaska Anchorage.  He was an elected member of the Kotzebue IRA Council for three years and a delegate to the Alaska Federation of Natives. He was our Dartmouth students' choice for the GRV for academic year 2008-09. Paul teaches NAS 30: "Issues in Alaska Native Education" Fall Term, 2008 and works with individual students on thesis plans, holding weekly workshops with them.

David E. Wilkins (2005-2006). Professor Wilkins joined Dartmouth from the University of Minnesota where he took a leave of absence as professor and chair of the American Indian Studies department.  He is an expert in comparative politics, American political theory, Federal Indian policy, tribal governance and the history of colonialism and Native peoples.  He has published eight books since 1987. While at Dartmouth he taught two courses Fall, 2005: "Native Americans and the Law" and "Native American Treaties."

Greg O'Brien (2004-2005). Professor O'Brien joined us from the University of Southern Mississippi, where he taught many courses in American History, but his focus of research has been on Southeastern Indians. His first book entitled "Choctaws in a Revolutionary Age, 1750-1830" (University of Nebraska Press) was published in 2002. He has also published essays is many scholarly journals. He taught two courses during the fall of 2004: "The Invasion of America: American Indian History, Pre-contact to 1830", and "The Ethnohistory of Southeastern Indians."

Margaret L. Archuleta (2002-2003). Margaret (Pueblo/Hispanic) taught two courses during the fall and winter terms in our Native American Studies Program. She was the Curator of Fine Art at the Heard Museum in Phoenix from 1987-2002, and responsible for the organization, development and implementation of all fine art exhibits, collections, research, publications, programming and education activities. She co-organized a conference at the University of Arizona in 2002: "The Heart of Culture: Indigenous Exchange in a Contemporary Context."  Her courses at Dartmouth were quite popular. The first one, "Contemporary Native American Art" was an upper level course cross-listed with Dartmouth's Art History Department. Her second course was "American Indian Education, 1879-present." She also was the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar at Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art during the spring term of 2003, and gave a gallery talk titled "Hampton's Indian Program: An Experiment in Indian Education" which provided the historical background to accompany the Hood Museum's exhibition Carrie Mae Weems: The Hampton Project. Margaret is presently the director of the Institute of American Indian Arts Museum in Santa Fe.

Clyde EllisClyde Ellis (2001-2002). Professor of History Elon College, Ellis has done research on the early American Indian education experiences, as well as the Kiowa Indians and their experience with Christianity. He is author of three books: "To Change Them Forever: Indian Education at the Rainy Mountain Boarding School, 1893-1920" (University of Oklahoma Press, 1996); "The Jesus Road: Kiowas, Christianity and Indian Hymns," (accompanied with a music CD of 26 Kiowa hymns), and "A Dancing People: Powwow Culture on the Southern Plains" (University Press of Kansas, 2003). Professor Ellis taught Winter Term, 2002 at Dartmouth with two courses: "Get Up and Dance: Plains Powwow Culture," and "American Indian History, 1830 to Present." Toward the end of his residency with us he brought in two guests: Luke Lassiter (anthropologist), and the late Ralph Kotay (Kiowa elder). The three of them gave a public presentation: "Hymns, History and Experience: The Personal and Cultural Power of Christian Hymns Among the Kiowa Indians of Southwestern Oklahoma."

Thomas Abler (2000-2001). Professor Abler received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Toronto in 1969. His research interests involve historical aspects of socio-political organization of Native Peoples of North America, including warfare, factionalism, kinship, and mythology. He taught two courses at Dartmouth: "The Invasion of America" and "History of the Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy," during the Fall Term, 2000.

Adrian Tanner (1999-2000). Dr. Tanner is professor of Anthropology at Memorial University, Newfoundland. He authored a book in 1979, "Bringing Home Animals." During Winter Term, 2000, Dr. Tanner taught a course for us called "Peoples of the Northern Forest," which we cross-listed with the Anthropology department. He taught a second course on land issues in Canada and the United States.

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."

Last Updated: 9/30/13