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Dartmouth College. Native American Program



The Native American Program strives to make Dartmouth a respectful and welcoming environment where all cultural identities are celebrated. Given the diversity of our indigenous community, most students differ in how they connect to their communities and/or to their cultural identity. No matter where Native and Indigenous students are in their level of connection or identity, this is their community.

The Reverend Eleazar Wheelock, a Congregational minister from Connecticut, founded Dartmouth College in 1769. He had earlier established Moor's Charity School in Lebanon, Connecticut. Samson Occom, a Mohegan Indian and one of Wheelock's first students, was instrumental in raising substantial funds for the College. The Royal Governor of New Hampshire, John Wentworth, provided the land upon which Dartmouth would be built and on December 13, 1769, conveyed the charter from King George III establishing the College. That charter created a college "for the education and instruction of Youth of the Indian Tribes in this Land ... and also of English Youth and any others."

During the first 200 years of its existence, however, Dartmouth fell far short of its educational goal and a mere 19 Native Americans graduated from the College. This situation changed dramatically when John G. Kemeny became the 13th president of Dartmouth College in 1970. In his inaugural address, he pledged to redress the historical lack of opportunities for Native Americans in higher education. In recommitting Dartmouth to its founding purpose, John Kemeny established a Native American Program at the College and directed the Admissions Office to begin actively recruiting Indian students for the very first time.

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Dartmouth College, Native American Program records

Identifier: DA-833
Date(s): 1970 to 2013
Scope and Contents The collection contains charter, meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, fiscal information, petitions, riders, subject files, newsletter, articles, clippings, press releases and administrative files. The records document the activities of the Native American Program, including the annual Pow Wow, the Native American Visiting Council, Mohegan Tribal Nations, American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) , Hydro-Quebec Divestment (1992), Hovey Murals,...
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