The Indian History of an American Institution: Native Americans and Dartmouth

The Indian History of an American Institution: Native Americans and Dartmouth

by Colin G. Calloway


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Dartmouth College began life as an Indian school, a pretense that has since been abandoned. Still, the institution has a unique, if complicated, relationship with Native Americans and their history. Beginning with Samson Occom’s role as the first “development officer” of the college, Colin G. Calloway tells the entire, complex story of Dartmouth’s historical and ongoing relationship with Native Americans. Calloway recounts the struggles and achievements of Indian attendees and the history of Dartmouth alumni’s involvements with American Indian affairs. He also covers more recent developments, such as the mascot controversies, the emergence of an active Native American student organization, and the partial fulfillment of a promise deferred. This is a fascinating picture of an elite American institution and its troubled relationship— at times compassionate, at times conflicted—with Indians and Native American culture.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584658443
Publisher: Dartmouth College Press
Publication date: 05/11/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

COLIN G. CALLOWAY is John Kimball Jr. 1943 Professor of History and Professor of Native American Studies at Dartmouth College. He is the author of numerous books, including One Vast Winter Count: The Native American West Before Lewis and Clark (2003), which won six best-book awards.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments • Introduction: A School in the Heart of the Indian Country • Eleazar Wheelock and the Indian Charity School, 1743-69 • Samson Occom and the Indian Money, 1765-75 • Dartmouth, Indians, and the American Revolution, 1775-1800 • Dartmouth Men in the Indian Country, 1775-1820 • Dartmouth in the Age of Indian Removal, 1820-50 • Students from Indian Territory, 1850-85 • Charles Eastman, 1858-1939 • Indian Symbols and Some Indian Students, 1900-1969 • The Return of the Natives, 1970-2010 • Conclusion: Eleazar Wheelock Meets Luther Standing Bear • Appendixes • Indian Students at Moor's Charity School • Native Americans at Dartmouth • Notes • Select Bibliography • Index

What People are Saying About This

Jere Daniell

“A must read for anyone seriously interested in the subject announced in the subtitle: Native Americans and Dartmouth. Professor Calloway tells the story from start to present in detail, with sensitivity, and without becoming judgmental. The book is especially rich in biographical material about Indians attending Dartmouth, and about the relationship between what took place in the nation and what took place in Hanover. Until now anyone trying to learn about Dartmouth's Indian history has had to deal with lots of misinformation. Colin Calloway has done an immense service by setting things straight."

James Wright

“The wait for this book has been worthwhile for it is clear that the subject was waiting patiently for Colin Calloway. He is a truly distinguished scholar in the field of Native American history; that field is now enriched by this book. Recommended for anyone interested in Dartmouth history, the history of American higher education, or Native American history—and for anyone who enjoys a good story well told.”

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