Brett Losen '14
Foundation Office Assistant
Majors: Classics, minor in Biology
Hometown: Calmar, IA
Meghan Sigvanna Topkok, '13, is a Native American Studies major and Linguistic minor, currently living in Seal Rock, Oregon. She is Iñupiaq, with family roots in the region of Nome, Alaska. Although living in Oregon, she maintains close ties with her cultural heritage, and, as a recipient of an Olga Gruss Lewin Post-Graduate Fellowship, will return to Nome, AK, to work at Kawerak, Inc., a non-profit that serves the indigenous population of the region. Her work will include several key projects, including working with local Elders to preserve the rich oral tradition of the area to make it more accessible to younger generations. Another facet of her work will be devoted to repatriation under the Native American Graves and Repatriation Act to return artifacts of significant cultural value to the area. Finally, she will also be working with villages in the region to address the problem of looting of artifacts from old village and other historical sites.
During her time at Dartmouth she has served as Co-President of Native Americans at Dartmouth, Co-Organizer of Native Women's Group, an intern in the Native American Program, and is a sister of the Native American sorority, Alpha Pi Omega, Inc. She is also writing a thesis in Native American Studies examining the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act in Alaska to explore how tribal sovereignty works in the Alaskan context. After completing the Fellowship she plans to attend law school and study Federal Indian law and Environmental law, and return to Alaska to continue following her passion to serve and advocate for her people.
Last Updated: 4/4/14