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Founded in 1769 with a mission to educate Indian students, Dartmouth College recommitted itself to that mission in 1970 and established the Native American Studies Program in 1972.

The program is open to all Dartmouth students. It focuses on interdisciplinary research and aims to help students develop a better understanding of Native American history, traditions and political status.

Native American Studies Program offers more than 20 courses, and supports a Major and Minor in the Program.

The courses explore Native ways of living, understanding of the world, and social organization; they examine the impact of invasion and colonization on Indian nations, and the intersection of Indian and European histories and systems of knowledge.


To find out more about courses and requirements, please go to Dartmouth Native American Studies home page.

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Dartmouth's commitment to Native American Studies began with the founding of the College. The grant for the College, given in 1769 by King George III of England, emphasized the fact that Native American education was the primary purpose of the institution. Unfortunately, no more than 71 Indians attended in the years 1770-1865, and in the century between 1865 and 1965, only 28 Indians enrolled at Dartmouth.

In 1970, John G. Kemeny, Dartmouth's 13th President, during his inauguration, promised to enroll a "significantly greater" number of Indians than at any time since the College's founding. This commitment has since been reaffirmed by every College president.


Dartmouth College is a private, coeducational university, comprising a liberal arts college, Dartmouth Medical School, Thayer School of Engineering, and Tuck School of Business, as well as 19 graduate programs in the arts and sciences. It is located in Hanover, New Hampshire. Incorporated as “Trustees of Dartmouth College,” it is a member of the Ivy League and one of the nine Colonial Colleges founded before the American Revolution. With a total enrollment of 5,987, Dartmouth is the smallest school in the Ivy League.

Dartmouth College was established in 1769 by Congregational minister Eleazar Wheelock. After a long period of financial and political struggles, Dartmouth emerged from relative obscurity in the early 20th century. Dartmouth alumni, from Daniel Webster to the many donors in the 19th and 20th centuries, have been famously involved in their college.

Dartmouth is located on a rural 269-acre (1.1 km²) campus in the Upper Valley region of New Hampshire. Given the College’s isolated location, participation in athletics and the school’s Greek system is high. Dartmouth’s 34 varsity sports teams compete in the Ivy League conference of the NCAA Division I. Students are well-known for preserving a variety of strong campus traditions.

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