Native Tribal Scholars Program Family Day Speech

Cedric Cromwell, tribal chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe, speaks about the NTS program and the native youth who have successfully completed the program celebrating the students accomplishments.

Amherst Gazette Story on Native Tribal Scholars

Ciara Oakley-Robbins, 15, of the Native Tribal Scholar program demonstrates a traditional Native American toy at the program’s end-of-the-year family day. The summer program expresses the importance of college to Native high school students. photo by AYRIKA WHITNEY Mashpeen Wampanoag, … Continue reading

Day 21: Final Day of Classwork

The final day for classwork was today and they worked long hours to get to their goal of being able to go to Six Flags at the end of the NTS Program. Their celebration is shown here and they get to practice all day on Thursday and then present on Friday for Family Day.

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Zoe’s Birthday celebration at dinner

Day 20: “The Residential School Experience” and “The Business of Fancydancing”

Today, we talked about poems and short stories from “The Business of Fancydancing” by Sherman Alexie and watched a short documentary film called, “A Century of Genocide in the Americas: The Residential School Experience” by award-winning director Rosemary Gibbons, a graduate of the Native Voices Documentary Program at the University of Washington. The poems and stories talked about the clash of modern life and culture, identity and history, and being a native person navigating the complexities of contemporary changes. The film discussed residential and boarding school experiences of survivors with difficult circumstances being taken from home, made to assimilate and be institutionalized, and ultimately, be white-washed of their culture and have Indian culture, language, and identity removed from them. Discussion was great and students had good questions. They are fantastic in engaging with difficult material like this and thinking about them together.