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(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


July 13, 2002 - Issue 65


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School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


The information here will include items of interest for and about Native American schools.
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Dartmouth's Native American Fly-In Program

Dartmouth's annual Native American Fly-In program provides talented Native American high school seniors with an unparalleled opportunity to gain firsthand knowledge of the College's academic resources, student services, and admission and financial aid criteria. Program participants enjoy extensive interaction with members of the Dartmouth Native American community along with a cross section of College students, faculty, and staff through a mix of information sessions, academic presentations, and social events. Complimentary meals and on-campus housing are included for Fly-In guests with round trip transportation assistance.

If you are interested in being a Native American Fly-In participant, some of the basic criteria include:

  • Membership in a Native American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian tribe, nation or community.
  • A strong high school transcript.
  • High school senior status in the 2002-2003 school year.
  • A sincere interest in applying to Dartmouth College.

In order to apply for Dartmouth College’s Native American Fly-In Program, please complete and send the following items:

  • A completed application form. You can download the application form in PDF format from the site.
  • An up-to-date high school transcript. Transcripts can be faxed to the Dartmouth Admissions Office at 603-646-1216.
  • A well-developed essay of one to two pages, on the topic provided at the end of the application form. Whenever possible, please type your essay.

Each of the above documents must all be sent to the following address:

Native American Fly In Program
c/o Cheryl Sprang
Dartmouth College Admissions Office
6016 McNutt Hall
Hanover, NH 03755

The application submission deadline is Friday, July 19, 2002. Candidates selected for participation will be notified by August 30. As demand for this program often exceeds our capacity to accommodate student interest, we ask especially that those who are not selected do not consider our decision as an indicator of their undergraduate admission prospects at Dartmouth College. The College offers a similar program in the spring for all Native American students who have been admitted to the college and who have not previously visited the campus.

Please take advantage of this potential opportunity to see what Dartmouth has to offer you. If you have further questions, please call us at 1-800-860-1294, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST.

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Casa Blanca Middle School

We're looking for a few good Native American teachers for our middle school.

We're Casa Blanca Middle School and we're located on the Gila River Indian Reservation- just south of Phoenix, Arizona. We have about 250 Native American students in grades 5-8.

Our starting salary is $30,000 with excellent benefits.

Please direct any interested qualified teachers to my direct line at 480-403-8587 or email me at

Thanks for your time.

Greg Cameron- CBMS recruiter

For more information, visit

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T.U. Graduates First Student from Indian Law Program

John Iiyama Smith is the first graduate to receive a LL.M. in American Indian and Indigenous Law from the University of Tulsa's Law School. Smith's heritage is Shinnecock and Japanese. He received his law degree from St. Mary's in San Antonio, and he spent 11 years doing career services work at St Mary's and the University of Baltimore Law School. "When he saw that we were offering this program he was one of the first people to contact us," said Professor Judith Royster, co-director of the Native American Law Center, The University College of Law.

Professor Royster talked about the new program and what it offers to Native American Students. "It's a graduate law degree, so it's post-Law Degree," Royster said. "We have a Native American Law Center here at the T.U. College of Law, and this is our newest program. Mr. Smith will officially graduate in August, but we don't have an August graduation ceremony." Smith will work on his thesis over the summer.

Royster talked about how though Indian law is very complex, the program offers basic programs so that students will be exposed to tribal, national, and international laws and concepts. "We emphasis three aspects," Royster said. "We ask that every student who comes into the program to take one course in Federal Indian Law, one course in Tribal Law, and one course in International Indigenous Rights, such as studying the UN and the working group on indigenous populations and those sorts of issues. So the students get all three aspects, which we consider the three important pillars. From there they can specialize in whatever interest them and go into more in depth and advanced work."

When asked about what the graduate degree offers students, Royster noted that many of them are looking toward employment from Indian tribes, and some lawyers already employed by tribes have come back to college for refresher courses. "Many of our students want to work for tribes as attorneys," Professor Royster said. " One of our students actually left T.U. early, though he is still writing his thesis for the program, to take a job with a regional Alaska Native corporations. That is the sort of positions that many of our students aspire to. One of our part-time students is Patrick Moore, who is a District Judge for the Muskogee Creek Nation. He decided he would love to go back to school and have the time to do this, so he going to school part-time while he continues the judgeship and his law practice."

by Wilhelm Murg
Native Times

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