Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2016

Abstract

As I adjusted to my retirement years and maintained an interest in programs of the University of Wyoming focused on support of American Indian students, it occurred to me that several of the colleagues with whom I had worked on the programs had left the university or would soon be retiring. The knowledge and history of these efforts over 40 years would in large part be departing with them. In an attempt to record some key points of that history, I have collected thoughts and documents from this time period to create this summary.

The document is divided into four segments—Student Support, Academics, Scholarships, and Institutional Activity. There are overlaps, but this division is designed to provide focus on the type of activity and its relationship to similar activities. A chronological list of actions is included at the end.

This report is not designed to praise or critique any individual or action. It is meant to record what has happened, for future reference. There have been successes and there have been failures. There have been great collaborations and there have been many noble individual attempts. It is for future leaders and generations to assess what has been accomplished and where greater effort is needed.

I extend a sincere thanks and appreciation to the following people who have shared their stories and remembrances with me. I have attempted to fairly represent their thoughts as best I can. Barry Ballard, Associate Director of Student Educational Opportunity and chairman of the Indian Education Coordinating Council; Judith Antell, first Director of the American Indian Studies Program; Dolores Cardona, Associate Dean of Students/Multicultural Affairs; Caskey Russell, current Director of the American Indian Studies Program; Tim Rush, Professor Emeritus of Education; Conrad Chavez, Manager of Multicultural Affairs; and Tammy Mack, former Manager of Multicultural Affairs. I offer a special thanks to Jaime Levick, Office Assistant Senior in the American Indian Studies Program, for her help and access to AIS records. I thank the following individuals for researching specific information for me: Tami Benham-Deal, Mary Ann Garman, Lois Gelb, Sue Heide, Kathy Hull, Marilyn Johnson, Ginny Kilander, Debra Littlesun, Janet Lowe, and Sidney Walter.

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