Dartmouth College Receives $500,000 Grant to Expand Knowledge of Indigenous Peoples

NEC member Dartmouth College has received a $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in order to study the systems used in academia to record, classify, and discuss Native American and Arctic indigenous history.

The study, which will be conducted by the Hood Museum of Art and Dartmouth College Libraries, will involve the creation of two new positions at the museum and libraries to provide a better understanding of the cultures and artifacts. Citing common misconceptions in scholarship surrounding Native American and Arctic cultures, the researchers hope to connect the museum and library with Native American people in order to make their history more accessible and accurate.

“We’re going to be working with Native communities and indigenous scholars to come up with ways to open up and reorganize knowledge and histories,” John Stomberg, director of the Hood Museum, said. “We don’t have a specific goal, we don’t want to rewrite the encyclopedia — we want to open it up.”

The NEC congratulates Dartmouth on this grant and looks forward to the findings of the study. Read more in the Union Leader.

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