Canku Ota - A Newsletter Celebrating Native America
October 7, 2000 - Issue 20

School News
gathered by Vicki Lockard

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UNM breaks ground at Zuni

The crowd was small but the enthusiasm huge at the groundbreaking of the much-anticipated branch of the University of New Mexico here Tuesday.

The south campus is expected to open in spring of 2002 or maybe fall 2001, "if we run into some luck," said UNM Executive Director Robert Carlson.

"It's been a long process but we received state approval about three weeks ago," Carlson said. " We awarded a contract and now it's beginning."

The $3.6 million 25,000-square-foot facility will serve area-wide scholars, not just Zuni tribal students. Through an agreement with the Pueblo of Zuni, students who are not members of the Pueblo of Zuni will have open access and will be encouraged to attend the new location.

"We have a mission to serve beyond the tribal lands," Carlson said. Access is guaranteed through a 99-year lease among the Pueblo of Zuni, UNM and the Bureau of Indian Affairs.

Student Council Is Convinced: Monty Montezuma Must Go

SAN DIEGO--The student council at San Diego State University voted Wednesday to dump the university's sports mascot, Monty Montezuma, after hearing Native American students complain that the mascot is demeaning and racist.
The controversy will now proceed to the University Senate, a group of faculty, administrators and students. University President Stephen Weber will make the final decision on whether the mascot will be retained or retired.

University of Kansas publishes journal on Indigenous studies

The University of Kansas recently began offering a graduate degree in Indigenous Nations Studies at its Lawrence campus.

The program director Donald Fixico had hoped that within three years an Indigenous Nations Studies Journal would be ready for publication. Fixico beat his deadline, by a year.

The first issue of the Indigenous Nations Studies Journal is available by subscription. It gives an Indigenous voice to academia, Fixico said, through book reviews, articles on culture, politics and law and issues which concern Indigenous peoples throughout the world.



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