April 2006 Volume 1, Issue 2 Green Messenger Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth Letter from the NAAAD President It has been about a year since my graduation. The students have shown fellow officers (Brooke Ammann ’97, real interest in this event. Sixteen Elizabeth Sumida-Huaman ’98, Ryan responded within two days of receiving Howard ’01, Nehomah Thundercloud ’97 an email survey we sent to gauge their and NAAAD’s alumni council interest. IN THIS ISSUE: representative Carmen Lopez ‘97), and I As mandated in NAAAD’s were elected to serve on the board of the Constitution, the annual meeting will be Letter from the Native American Alumni Association. held at Pow-Wow. Details will be president (p.1) The time has gone by so quickly! “What published via listervs and on the website. have you been up to?” you ask. Good We are also hosting an alumni reception Native Alumni question, glad you asked. to follow the meeting. Mabelle Hueston Feature (p. 2) We have spent a significant portion ‘86 has taken the lead on organizing the of our first year on organizational reception. Nehomah Thundercloud ’97, Current NAD infrastructure. We have revisited and together with Dartmouth Alumni Profile (p. 4) drafted new language for the Continuing Education & Travel, has constitution, written a strategic plan, arranged a visit of Rauner Library’s NAAAD Travel launched a regular newsletter, rebuilt the special collections to examine the papers Section (p. 5) website, and established dues paying of Samson Occom. and a membership roster. We have also been involved with New Executive Several of us have traveled to planning and supporting NAAAD events Committee Hanover twice in the past year, once for in Albuquerque, Boston, and Hawaii. The Member (p. 7) Homecoming and once for Club Officers events in Hawaii and Boston are co- and Affiliated Group Officers Weekend. sponsored with another affiliated group NAAAD News Nehomah Thundercloud ’97 has actually or a regional club. Co-sponsored events (p. 7) traveled back three times in the last 12 in the Midwest and DC are in the works months. At least three of us will be back as well. NAD Fleeces on for the annual meeting at Pow-Wow. NAAAD is expanding on many Sale NOW! (p. 8) As we prepare for the annual fronts. We are establishing committees meeting at Pow-Wow, it is obvious that for Admissions, Language, this will be another very busy year. I, for Career/Mentoring, Fundraising and one, am looking forward to it. This past Scholarships and seeking committee year has been a year of housekeeping. members to help us reach our goals. If To be quite honest, it’s included a lot of you are interested in getting involved, drudge work. But, now we board either with a committee or planning a members have time to create NAAAD event, please send us a programming for alumni and students. completed membership form. You can And this is where things get interesting. find it on the NAAAD website: To start off, we are hosting a Career www.dartmouth.org/affiliated/naaa Panel on the Thursday before Pow-Wow d. If you have sent the form in and with the NAD students. A panel of five haven’t heard back from one of us, alumni will return to campus to discuss please send us an email. their own career paths and offer advice and information to students who are Here’s “two” a new year! interested in entering those careers after Debbie Atuk, T’04 Green Messenger Page 2 of 8 Alumni Feature: Lori Arviso Alvord Tribal Affiliation: Navajo (Diné) they may need to get additional help and Class: 1979 preparation. Their best course might be Major: Double Major in Psych and Soc. to do post bacc training. This is a Modified with NAS concern that has come up on campuses, Family: Married for 11 years to John; particularly the issue of minority students son Kodiak, 10 and daughter Kaitlyn, 7 and science courses. Almost 50% of Home: Enfield on Mascoma Lake, New students come in wanting to consider Mexico (Gallup, Crownpoint) premed or science as a career. The number drops to 22%. [Unviersities and Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, has been colleges] are thinking about this a lot. recognized as an accomplished surgeon, There’s a program at [UC] Berkeley, faculty member and Dean at Dartmouth devoted to increasing diversity at school, Medical School. She is also a wife, creating mentors, faculty and TA’s, and mother, author, inventor, sailing racer study group—lots of hands-on help. and hockey player. Here, Lori talks about her challenges, passions and shares with Q: Are there ways that the medical field, us a ‘typical day’ in her life… based on your experiences, are “Teaching doctors about changing for Native people? different cultures and how Q: What can you recall were some of the A: Yes, absolutely. When I went through biggest obstacles you faced entering the my training, there was no attempt at all to to respect them are very field of science and medicine? try to accommodate the values and good signs for the future.” A: My biggest obstacle was academic, I beliefs of other peoples’ cultures. It just totally avoided the premed curriculum. I wasn’t even talked about. And yet took science courses, didn’t do well, doctors were working with many different didn’t think I was good enough at populations of peoples. It became clear Dartmouth… I took premed courses after over time that doctors can’t really help school at UNM. But they are different, patients unless they know them—to state schools and Ivy schools, kids aren’t develop cultural competency. Teaching as prepared as they are at Dartmouth doctors about different cultures and how and they are on semesters versus 8 or to respect them are very good signs for 10 week terms. Dartmouth had taught the future. me how to study by then. I was playing catch up. When I got to med school, I Q: What experiences working outside of hadn’t taken half of what the others had, your home community and Dartmouth immunology, genetics, etc. The biggest have altered your thinking about the obstacle was the doubt of my own world and other people? abilities. I didn’t know if I could handle it A: I started with IHS. I worked with or was smart enough to do it at all. Navajo and Zuni patients for 6 years. We had a handful of Navajo doctors— Q: Have you been able to share this primary care, an anesthesiologist, there experience with students who might be were some five or six of us. Most of the feeling the same way? doctors were not Native. I really began to A: I’ve met with students interested in feel that patients of that time were in a medicine, talked to them, gave them my system that was not developed for them, experience. One or two are struggling not suited for them. I wanted to create a with science courses. Part of it is lack of different way of thinking about medicine preparation at the high school level. High that would be better designed for them— schools on or near reservations cannot one that they would be happier with and compete with the prep schools up here. be better for them, built on a model of The students come in and have not been respecting the patient and their beliefs adequately prepared. I talk to the and thoughts about their lives and students and tell them not to give up— diseases. For me as a surgeon Page 3 of 8 Green Messenger Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord continued it was about honoring their bodies while really exciting for me. I also have a life as they were in surgery and protecting them an author, and I do speaking and being gentle with them. engagements for groups. Quite a few medical schools use the book [The Q: Who are your role model(s) and why? Scalpel and the Silver Bear] in courses, A: One of my earliest role models is and so I get asked to give talks. I do another surgeon who is Native about two a month. My first med school American—Ron Luhan from Taos. He commencement address will be at Drexel. had a major influence on me going into Then there is my home life, life with family surgery. I was planning on going into husband and children. We do things that family medicine before I met him. I did a no one would ever guess we would do. rotation with him. He works in a little We try to go to Native things, go home for hospital in Acoma/Cañoncito. Just to some events, Pow Wows. In the summer, watch someone who was Native who was we competitively race sailboats. Most of Dr. Lori Arviso Alvord, a practicing surgeon was really amazing. our races are out of Cape Cod, and we author of The Scalpel and He was very attentive to his patients, have a crew member who is an Olympic the Silver Bear respectful. He was an awesome teacher class sailor. One year we took first place! (brilliant, very intelligent) with his cohort Last year, we missed it and were second, he trained in NM. He had developed a missed it by seven points out of about practice that I had described, emphasized 800. We work pretty hard at that, it’s very a caring environment for patients demanding and sometimes you’re racing respecting their culture and beliefs. Many in bad conditions—storms, big waves, air Native women, myself included, really over 30 knots. Then in the winter (my love to work with their hands. Its natural husband is very sports minded and for me, to use my hands in medicine, to athletic) we all place ice hockey. I’ve “Many Native women, heal. [For example] I had a best friend been taking classes for over a year now myself included, really who was Lakota who taught me to do and am getting good on my skates. I’m beadwork, I also picked up piano training still a novice with the stick and the puck. love to work with their along the way. My husband plays and so do the kids. hands. Its natural for me Our boy is on a traveling team, and we’re to use my hands in Q: What is an average day in the life of running all over the state on the medicine, to heal.” Lori Arviso-Alvord like? weekends. People don’t understand A: There is no such thing! Every day is a because we’re from the Southwest, but little bit different…Part of my life is as a Navajos came from the North so that’s surgeon. I’m in the operating room as a why we like the ice. It’s the most fun thing surgeon, training medical students, and I’ve ever done. part of my time is as an Associate Dean here…It’s a lot of fun. Helping students get out of trouble, etc. helping with the leadership of the school, meeting with other deans. I also do research in two areas: surgical outcomes and how people do after surgery, specifically in Native American populations. The group [I work with] now is a database of Native veterans. For the past 18 months I have also been working with a team of engineers who are developing new medical products/inventions. There are about five different concepts. The first concept has been patented. It’s been Green Messenger Page 4 of 8 Current NAD Profile: Joy Shockley, Class of 2006 Joy Stevens is Koyukon Athabascan. brown fields program. This will entail She grew up in Stevens Village, traveling to villages in the middle Yukon Alaska—a small village (pop. 80) located and assessing contaminated areas that on the Yukon River. She is majoring in communities would like to remediate. I NAS with a minor in Environmental will also apply to graduate schools. I am Studies. Joy chose to write a thesis interested in the Environmental (Tribal Resource Management of the Anthropology program at the University Yukon River Watershed: A Pragmatic of Washington and Cultural Geography Approach to Empowering Communities). at University of British Columbia. I would We caught up with her at the end of her like to continue exploring how people final spring break. empower themselves through managing their land. How did you develop your thesis topic? You are poised to graduate. Has your Essentially, I combined my summer Dartmouth experience been a positive employment experience with classes I one? have taken on sovereignty. I have worked for various tribal programs in Definitely. I learned a lot, and learned a Alaska for the past four summers. After lot about myself. Dartmouth encouraged graduating from high school I worked for me to challenge myself in places where I the tribal resource program of Stevens didn’t expect to excel. I started out Village. After my freshman year I worked knowing I wanted to row and take at the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Japanese, two things I had never done “In the classroom, I Watershed Council. before. My freshman year was defined learned how to make by crew and Japanese class. My closest sovereignty fit Native In the classroom, I learned how to make friends are from crew. Dartmouth also sovereignty fit Native communities in opened a lot of doors for scholarships communities in theory.. theory. For instance, I took a class and internships. I received a Udall But my summer entitled “Contemporary Tribal internship my freshman year and a Udall employment helped me Environmental Issues” which discusses scholarship the next two years. Two realize that there are environmental work in Native highlights of my time at Dartmouth are tribal programs putting communities on a broad scale. But my NAD, and traveling to Africa in fall of summer employment helped me realize 2005 with the environmental studies sovereignty into that there are tribal programs and department. practice.” communities putting sovereignty into practice instead of just trying to define it. Language is a hot topic on the NAAAD listserv right now. What language did you I am excited about what is going on in study to fulfill your language requirement these communities. I feel like no one is at Dartmouth? giving Native programs credit for empowering themselves instead of Japanese. asking for a handout. In these communities the meaning of sovereignty is community based, rather than If Dartmouth were to offer just one Native attempting to define a meaning that language, would you have taken that makes sense in Washington, DC. instead of Japanese? What are your plans after you graduate? No, I still would have taken Japanese. Part of the appeal of languages is This summer I will work for the Yukon applying it when you travel. Studying River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council’s Japanese afforded me that opportunity. Page 5 of 8 Green Messenger Joy Shockley, ’06 continued us. We have one last question. What Plus I know that Koyukon Athabascan is advice do you have for the Class of 2010 available at the University of Alaska at who will arrive on campus in the fall? Fairbanks and I can take it this summer. Maybe if I had been encouraged to take Don’t just idle your way through “Don’t just idle your Athabascan at home during summers to Dartmouth. There are so many way through fulfill my language requirement, I would opportunities to take advantage of like: Dartmouth. There have done that. But I still would have freshman research projects, foreign are so many needed funding or incentive to work this study programs or applying for outside opportunities to into my summer schedule. funding opportunities. A lot of students take advantage don’t use their status as a Dartmouth of…” Are you an active participant in NAD? student to their advantage by applying for scholarships. Dartmouth is a tool. Yes. I was the Social Chair last spring. I You’re spending a lot of money to be hosted a barbeque every Friday. I attend here. People want to fund Dartmouth meetings and have been to a few students – for instance no one applied retreats. I’ve formed a lot of close friends for the Udall scholarship this year. at NAD. I lived in the house the past two Everyone should go on a foreign study years. NAD is a good home base where program. Apply yourself – inside and you don’t always have to express what outside of class. Do things that challenge you are and where you’re from. It was you socially, academically, and culturally. especially nice to have fellow Alaskans, Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there! and especially Athabascan Alaskans, to share time with and think about home. Thanks for taking the time to chat with Natives on Travel: A Ho-Chunk on Wine and Food in Spain January 11, 2006: First week of Spain! Travels around the island of Majorca Been to Madrid, Toledo, Palma, Soller... We arrived on Saturday afternoon to We took 2 tours of wineries and have had settle into our hotel rooms for the coming 2 days of lectures. We finish the class 2 weeks. Sunday morning a group of 10 on the18th of January and then a big of us trekked to the train station to visit banquet on the 19th. We fly home on the the town of Soller. We took the train into 20th. Soller (an hour by train from Palma) and then a 20 minute trolley ride down to the I’m having a great time. My group has smaller Port of Soller. Most of the stores the last of 4 meals to prepare the last were closed but we were able to have “We will average 16 couple days of class. Today we tasted lunch along the docks and then spend wines a day.” 15 wines. The morning we had 9 with the next few hours wandering the different foods that complement the streets shopping and getting to know different wines. This afternoon we had 6 each other. wines and experimented what NOT to This day was eventful because we had use with them so we could understand an attempted pick-pocket by some the chemical reaction between the items. gypsies, almost missing the "rice a roni" Pretty cool stuff. The next two days will trolley on the way home, and figuring out be more lectures and wine tasting. We the bus schedule to make it back to the will average 16 wines a day… hotel. (Continued on page 6) Green Messenger Page 6 of 8 “The only thing that Natives on Travel continued weirded me out was The last weekend a group of us rented apples were not as apparent as we first walking down a row to cars to travel around the countryside. planned. There needed to be a distinct find live chickens for With the local paper as a guide we citrus taste and flavor (meaning smell played scavenger hunt to try to find as and taste). Our palate cleanser was a sale...I covered my many celebrity houses as possible. We raspberry sorbet with Cava (Spanish mouth, quickly turned, (think we) found Harrison Ford/Calista sparkling wine, aka Champagne not from and headed back the Flockhart, Michael Douglas/Catherine France) way I came. No Avian Zeta-Jones, and Renee Zellwegers homes. Saturday we headed to the most Second course was a Cabernet flu for me, please!” northern point of the island, lots of rocks Sauvignon with Roasted Lamb with and narrow roads. rosemary and sage with a Wild Berry Demi-glaze, along with creamy mashed Sunday we woke early to drive to potatoes and roasted white asparagus. Santa Maria's market day. Items for The goal was to match the wine based sale ranged scarves, leather bags, on texture, flavor and taste (TFT). The skimpy bloomers and homemade wine. wild berry demi-glaze was similar to the I waited for the other three people I wild berries in the cab. The roasted lamb traveled with at our rendezvous point complemented the tannins (bitterness) of where I got to listen to a spanish guitar the wine. The mashed potatoes and watch families strolling around. The contrasted with the full-body of the cab. only thing that weirded me out was The roasted asparagus was similar to the walking down a row to find live chickens tannins in the cab. for sale...I covered my mouth, quickly turned, and headed back the way I Third course was a Late Harvest Riesling came. No Avian flu for me, please! by Covey Run.The challenge here was that the dessert wine was not very sweet. After the market we traveled along Based on the new trend of creating less crazy roads to get to a remote beach. sweet wines, our professor wanted us to We actually had to walk through a create a less sweet dessert. The rule is couple tunnels in the mountainside to not to serve dessert sweeter than the reach the beach. Well, I don't what wine, this will ruin the taste. Our menu else to share. Some things cannot be items were Tortillas, Pear Ice Cream, shared over the internet...for security with Pear Compote. No sugar was added reasons. ;D while making this dessert, expect for in the bread and ice cream but instructions Nehomah’s Last Supper in Spain were given to cut the sugar by half (these were made by the student chefs of our People have been asking how our host university). The pear compote was final dinner went. We kicked butt! As made with diced pears and cloves and group 4 we had the final dinner and boiled down with our Riesling. The added stress of 15 guests that tortillas were sliced brioche bread included the US Consulate dude, soaked in milk, covered in egg and fried University big-wigs, and guest chefs. like frybread. They were presented as There was also the TV crew that hovered three triangles of bread shingled at the around us while we prepared our meal. top of the plate, two small balls of ice cream in the middle of the plate and the First course was a Chardonnay with an pear compote at the bottom. It was NAAAD’s: Send in your Apple and Shrimp Salad; almost like a definitely a different sort of dessert for travel experiences, tips potato salad but with the addition of the Spanish guests but it made a and recommendations! apples and shrimp. The shrimp was wonderful marriage with the wine. (The lightly sautéed with butter and lemon. We term marriage was a key word for the had to add more lemon juice than we class. We want a marriage between the had originally wanted because the wine and food; not a divorce!) Page 7 of 8 Green Messenger New NAAAD Executive Committee Member! NAAAD recently welcomed Brooke NAAAD “Fun Facts” Index Ammann, Class of 1997 to the Executive (Inspired by Harpers Index) Committee. 1: eNews Update sent to Brooke Mosay Ammann graduated from the NAAAD listervs Dartmouth College in 1997 with a major in 2: Newsletters sent in the Religion and minor in Native American last fiscal year (one Studies. After graduating she moved to printed, one PDF) Albuquerque, New Mexico, where she 3: Events NAAAD worked for Sandia Pueblo and then the supported financially National Indian Council on Aging. She 6: Sitting executive returned to Wisconsin in 2002 to work as officers the Education and Youth Director for the 10: Dartmouth College St. Croix Chippewa tribe. She took an staff NAAAD has met educational leave of absence in 2004 to with in person since attend the Harvard Graduate School of May 2005 Education, where she studied Education 16: Emails executive Policy and Management. Currently We welcome Brooke officers have sent to Brooke is involved in work on an Mosay Ammann, ’97 to the NAAAD listservs alternative high school program in the 18: Conference calls the NAAAD Executive Maple Plain reservation community. She meetings attended by continues to practice speaking Committee NAAAD officers Ojibwemowin, and is working on a project 700: Dollars raised with the to create short films in the language. initial membership drive NAAAD news and announcements Tina M. Farrenkopf, ‘84, writes, “My She adds, “I am enjoying the great latest adventure began 20 months ago adventure of motherhood, and am when, at 42 years of age, I decided to serving my 5th year as the associate take the plunge and adopt internationally. director of the National Tribal Justice It's been quite an enlightening journey Resource Center (www.ntjrc.org). and I have learned more about the Congrats Tina&family! international adoption process and myself than I ever could have imagined. Dealing Mae Hueston, ’86 writes that she’s been with three governments (the United in touch with Andre Cramblit, ’86, Patricia States, Guatemala and the State of Dillon, MD ’86, Richard Begay, ’87. Colorado) has been a royal pain, but I “Tara’s first year at Princeton has been learned alot about hope, patience, and maturing for all of us (yeah, that baby is trust along the way. Three months ago, now 19). At this moment, she’s a pre- Paul Watkins (my significant other of over med with plans to attend veterinary 5 years) and I finally made the trip to school. Her major is in Ecology and Tina and Tessa Guatemala to pick up Tessa Allison Evolutionary Biology. Ryan, 13, is looking Farrenkopf and bring her home. She was at high schools at the moment so we’ll 7 months old when she entered our lives know by April where he’ll be going for the and the United States.” All are doing well. next 4 years. Ryan has matured into such a great little kid. NAAAD news and announcements continued Now the next two children, Kinsale (soon From Ryan Howard, ’01: Interested in to be 6) and Shea, [whom most of you attended graduate school? Native American have yet to meet] come as a set. Shea is The Graduate Horizons program is a four 4. My husband, John’86, is a federal day workshop for Native college Alumni Association prosecutor and is in the midst of the students, master's students and alumni of Dartmouth Enron trial which began in January 2006. who are interested in pursuing a He has spent the previous two years graduate degree. Participants will learn DARTMOUTH ALUMNI about a broad variety of programs commuting weekly to Houston, TX. Oh RELATIONS and establish personal relationships with yes, I killed our computer back in 6068 BLUNT ALUMNI representatives from various CENTER October so we have no email addresses graduate schools. This year's program is HANOVER, NH 03755 anymore so please send us an email so hosted by Yale University and will we can add you to our address book take place July 15-18. Although the NEWSLETTER E-MAIL: (Hueston@adelphia.net). second application deadline has passed, GREENMESSENGER Guila Irwin, ’03 announces the birth of there are some spaces still available. @GMAIL.COM Deshayne Michael Curley Jan. 9 (8lbs. Please visit www.collegehorizons.org 2oz) for more information and an application. Matt Perez, ’01 and Garron Yepa ’03 DJ’s and co-creators of TabletopSound based in New Mexico announce Primary We’re on the Web! Blends—the main hip hop attraction with over 12 Native DJ’s on the 1’s and 2’s and a score of North American Indian hip http://www.dartmouth.org/ hop groups at Gathering of Nations this affiliated/naaad April 27-29. Hueston Family Special: Announcing NAD Gear! NAD fleeces available now Description: Full-zip non-pilling fleece with two front zipper pockets. 1” elastic cuffs and waistband. Colors: Black, Forest, Charcoal, Navy Sizes: S,M,L,XL,2XL,3XL Embroidery: NAD logo on left chest; optional 2 lines on sleeve (i.e. Name, Tribe, or Year) Price: $45 (includes shipping/handling) NAD Fleece Order Information Name: To order, please send order information listed to: Mailing Address: Poonam Aspaas Color: Size: HB 6037 Embroidery (as you want it to appear on sleeve): Hanover, NH 03755 Or email: Aspaas@Dartmouth.edu Payment: Check or Money order payable to Dartmouth ORDERS ARE DUE BY APRIL 28, 2006. Native American Program We cannot guarantee delivery for Pow Wow. Thank you for your order!