Standing in the gap: American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina—Pembroke.

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Knick, Stanley, and Linda E. Oxendine. “Standing in the gap: American Indian Studies at the University of North Carolina—Pembroke.” In: Native American Studies in higher education: models for collaboration between universities and indigenous nations. Ed. Duane Champagne and Jay Stauss. Walnut Creek, CA: Altamira P, 2002. Chapter 11, pages 191-202. Key source


This chapter—insightful and well written—documents the vision and goals behind UNC-Pembroke's American Indian Studies program and Native American Resource Center; their growth and development; their current mission and status; and their needs for future growth.

Brief background discussion is provided on the development of UNC-Pembroke and its role in education for the Lumbee. There are also segments on the Save Old Main movement, the crucial role of Adolph Dial in the development of the program, and the mission and activities of the Native American Resource Center. A list of courses (with descriptions) currently offered by the Department of American Indian Studies is given, along with requirements for a baccalaureate degreee, a minor, and a concentration in American Indian Studies. Recent initiatives of the program include offering some courses through distance learning to other campuses of the University of North Carolina System; the Adolph Dial Lecture Series in American Indian Studies (since 1997); and participation in the Carolinas Consortium on American Indian Studies.

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