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Dartmouth students hands-on in learning Native traditions

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Amid the buzz of a chain saw and banging hammers, a group of Dartmouth College students help cut down an ash tree and strip the bark that would eventually be used to make traditional Native baskets.

Their outdoor classroom experience is part of the academic outreach and hands-on learning that has helped Dartmouth graduate more Native Americans than any other Ivy League institution since its recommitment to the Native community in the early 1970's. The classes not only promote understanding of indigenous people, but also give some Native American students a chance to connect with their roots.


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