, 2022-05-22 02:00:00,
On the evening of May 7, the Green proved to be a cheerful and welcoming setting for the annual Dartmouth Powwow, a historically prominent gathering of Native Americans, including many Dartmouth alumni, from a multiplicity of nations and tribal communities across the United States. Joined. Hosted under the auspices of the NAP (Native American Program) as well as the student organization NAD (Dartmouth Native American), with the assistance of NAAD (Dartmouth Native American Alumni), this year’s Powwow marked a welcome return to the tradition after a two-year hiatus due to COVID.
The Dartmouth Powwow opened in 1972 under the leadership of then-President John Kemeny, who, upon assuming the presidency in 1970, had recommitted Dartmouth to what he called the “long-deferred promise” of its founding Charter, that is, to per the Charter itself, for the education and instruction of the youth of the Indian tribes in this land. Thus began under Kemeny a deliberate and successful effort to actively recruit Native American students, an effort that soon expanded Dartmouth’s enrollment of Native American students. This expansion was a welcome change from the university’s dismal record of graduating only nineteen Native American students over the course of its first 200 years. Since 1970, more than 1,200 Native American students, representing more than 200 tribal communities, have received bachelor’s degrees from Dartmouth, more than all…
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