Dartmouth Invites Native American Students to Campus (VPR)

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Native American high school students are getting acquainted with college life, and with Dartmouth in particular, during this year’s weeklong College Horizons program, reports VPR’s Charlotte Albright. The program, part of a nation-wide effort to improve tribal members’ access to higher education, is helping the students learn about financial aid and setting academic goals, Albright notes.

“A native song from Hawaii spontaneously erupted at an afternoon workshop for high school students shopping for college. Native American Studies Professor N. Bruce Duthu touted the value of a challenging, multi-faceted education for ambitious young people who want to solve pressing problems in their tribes,” she reports.

“ ‘The Liberal Arts Education. Schools like Dartmouth—that’s what we do. That’s what we teach. You get a bit of knowledge in all of these areas so you can see the interconnection of all of these fields,’ Duthu told the students.”

Duthu is the chair of the Native American Studies Program and the Samson Occom Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth. This year’s College Horizons program ran from June 28 through July 3.

Listen to the full story, broacast 7/2/14 on VPR.